Nutrients to Target Migraine Headaches – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 364
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Everyone’s had a headache from time to time, but anyone who’s had a migraine headache certainly understands the true misery that a migraine can bring on. Today I want to talk about different nutrients that may be supportive if you do have the tendency to succumb to a migraine.†
What causes a migraine?
Migraines are a major problem in this country, but when it comes to traditional medical approaches, there are still many things that are unknown. Many people who have migraines may not even be diagnosed. It’s estimated that about 40 million Americans get migraines.†
We know that migraines are recurrent and often debilitating. There are some people who have migraines that can last for days. It is generally accompanied by other factors including nausea and sensitivity to sound or light.†
The role of nutrients
We can’t overlook the nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances when it comes to migraines. For instance, someone may have a melatonin deficiency that is impacting their sleep schedule and thus creating headaches. Deficiencies of magnesium and B vitamins may also be linked to migraines. These are important factors to consider.†
The relationship between migraines and hormonal imbalances is more commonly seen in women. It’s important to have your hormone levels tested to help narrow down what might be the cause of the headaches.†
There are many natural interventions that may be beneficial when it comes to targeting migraines. Coenzyme Q10, for example, has been shown to help reduce the frequency and duration of migraines. Vitamin B2, known as riboflavin, is also important for maintaining mitochondrial energy production within the brain and neurons. Additionally, studies have shown that giving patients with chronic migraines magnesium helped to reduce the severity and frequency of their headaches.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH goes into detail about migraines. She discusses how common they are, some factors that may impact them and nutrients that can help combat these painful, recurring headaches.†
- Statistics on migraine headaches
- The hormonal component of this issue
- Conventional medical treatments for migraines
- Clinical research on helpful nutrients
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