A migraine headache is frequently described as an intense throbbing or pulsing on one side of the head, and it is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. It often causes significant pain for hours or days at a time. Migraine headache triggers include food allergies, hormonal changes as a result of the menstrual cycle or stress, and chronic dehydration.
Below are 5 supplements that may help ease migraine pain:
A magnesium deficiency can cause migraine headaches and many people have been shown to have a deficiency in this mineral. The recommended dosage of magnesium is 600 to 800 milligrams (mg) a day, taken in divided doses throughout the day to maximize absorption. There are various forms of magnesium on the market, but the one that has been shown to be the most beneficial for migraines is Magnesium Threonate.
The cayenne pepper herb has been shown to help prevent migraines, largely because it is an excellent source of magnesium. Plus, its active ingredient is capsaicin, which is an anti-inflammatory agent that could help ease migraine pain. Cayenne also might reduce the likelihood of a migraine by stimulating digestion, easing muscle pain and increasing the body’s metabolic rate.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Riboflavin is a vitamin required for energy metabolism, such as for the breakdown of carbohydrates for energy, and studies have shown that a deficit of mitochondrial energy metabolism could lead to a migraine. According to studies, a daily dose of 400 mg of riboflavin has helped reduce headache frequency. The vitamin also has been used for migraine prevention. Riboflavin is a water soluble vitamin, which means that the vitamin isn’t stored in the body and that it needs to be replenished every day.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger may help reduce the severity of migraine headaches because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Also, ginger may help reduce the inflammation in the stomach and liver that can lead to headaches related to digestive problems. About 500 to 600 mg of ginger is recommended at the onset of a migraine attack and then two more times during the day, with four hours between each dose. Ginger also can be chewed or used in cooking.
Feverfew has been shown to reduce the production of prostaglandins, an inflammatory agent that contributes to the onset of migraines. In one study, 70% of 270 migraine patients reported that a daily dose of feverfew decreased the frequency and intensity of migraines.