A migraine is a severe form of headache characterized by throbbing pain focused around the side of the forehead. They are often recurrent and caused by stress, working long hours, hormones, depression and dieting. Some of the symptoms are dizziness, nausea and visual disturbances such as sensitivity to light. Sufferers often experience early symptoms called a migraine aura; this can be sleepiness, confusion and auditory hallucinations. Magnesium is vital for energy production and regulating nutrients in the body such as calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Magnesium is present in food such as green vegetables, fish and whole grain. Magnesium supplements can help some sufferers treat and prevent migraine headaches.
Consult a physician for a medical diagnosis of migraines. There are several conditions with similar symptoms to migraines such as anxiety, depression, seizure disorders and tension headaches. Treating the wrong condition is counterproductive and may be life threatening.
Check for symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Signs of magnesium deficiency include nausea, loss of appetite, weakness, cramps and seizures. Changes in behavior and extreme mood swings may be a result of low magnesium in the blood. Get a medical diagnoses if you suspect magnesium deficiency is present.
Increase magnesium intake in your diet; spinach, halibut, almonds, cashews and soybeans are rich sources of magnesium. Add magnesium-rich food to a well balanced diet and use food labels to calculate the amount of magnesium consumed from food sources.
Take magnesium supplements. The recommended daily intake for magnesium is 400 mg; however, Dr Balch recommends 600 mg of magnesium for migraine sufferers. Take into account magnesium obtained from food sources in your diet to calculate the correct dosage. Use magnesium supplements three times a day, taking 200 mg with each meal.
Record your migraine frequency and severity to help monitor the effects of the magnesium treatment. This will also help determine if an increase in dosage is required and to help measure the effectiveness of medication.