It has been shown that migraine patients have reduced magnesium levels in the brain. Studies indicate that magnesium can reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
Magnesium and migraine
Studies on migraine patients were able to show decreased magnesium levels in the brain. Therefore, it seems likely that magnesium deficiency plays a role in the development of these headache attacks. In actual fact, a preventive intake of magnesium can help to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
Magnesium and migraine: The background
By means of magnetic resonance spectroscopy, decreased magnesium levels in the brain were detected in migraine patients. Less magnesium than normal was also found in the blood, saliva, and cerebrospinal fluid of migraine sufferers.
This relationship becomes more understandable when you consider the functions of magnesium in the body. Magnesium is one of the substances that controls stimulus conduction in nerve and muscle cells, and in doing so it contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system. If magnesium is lacking, it can lead to serious issues in this area.
Fighting migraine with magnesium: Reducing the frequency of attacks
- 300 mg of magnesium twice daily
- Intake duration: at least 6 months
Magnesium for migraine prophylaxis
A prophylactic intake of magnesium has shown positive effects for migraine sufferers. For example, the daily intake of 2 x 300 mg of magnesium over a period of at least six months brought some alleviation; the frequency and intensity of the attacks* decreased. In current guidelines on the treatment of migraine during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the German Migraine and Headache Society (DMKG) recommends magnesium as a safe, first-choice prophylactic measure.
Good to know: as a substance that is naturally present in the body, magnesium (e.g., from Biolectra® Magnesium is well tolerated. As such, it is suitable for long-term use, as is specifically recommended for migraine prophylaxis. Another advantage is that the mineral can be combined with medicinal products against migraine, and painkillers, without any problems.
*Apotheke+Marketing 05 (2011) 56: “Prophylaxis with magnesium – athletes and migraine sufferers benefit.”