Migraine headaches are caused by a lack of magnesium which is the number one essential mineral the body needs for hundreds of biochemical reactions. Magnesium helps nerve and muscle function, helps support bone strength and immune, regulates blood sugar levels and helps the body produce energy. Richard Lipton, MD, vice chair of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and neurologist with the American Migraine Foundation says migraine is widely thought of as a disorder of brain excitability. Those who suffer migraines due to brain sensitivity attacks can be triggered by drinking a lot of red wine, not getting enough sleep and women’s menstrual period.
Magnesium plays a key role in regulating the extra ability in the brain as it blocks the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters, once released is the way nerve cells communicate with each other. During a migraine, people have low levels of magnesium in both their blood and brains causing the nerve cells to release excitatory chemicals that cause attacks. Foods such as dark leafy greens, almonds, avocado’s, pumpkin seeds and figs are all good sources of magnesium. Spinach is a great source of magnesium although many people refrain from eating this vegetable. Remembering the cartoon from the early 1900s, Popeye the Sailor Man would eat a can of spinach and his muscles would grow large aiding in the capture of his girlfriend Olive Oyl from the horrible situations she got into. Taking 250 mg. of magnesium supplement twice a day aides the magnesium sources to decrease migraines but usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to see results.
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