‘Natural’ remedies for migraine and chronic headache
Meet the Fantastic Four Your Allies in the Fight Against Migraine
Are you tired of the pounding pain and discomfort of headaches? Well, you're not alone! In fact, many people have turned to natural remedies to find relief from headaches, including migraines. But, what's the deal with natural remedies? Do they really work? Let's take a look at some of the most popular natural remedies for headaches and what the research says about their effectiveness.
Migraines can be treated in two ways: acute treatments for the migraine attack when it happens and preventative treatments for regular medication to stop attacks from happening or to reduce their severity. Most people with severe migraines need to take a combination of the two for the best results.
While there isn't a ton of research on natural remedies for headaches, some natural remedies are considered to be effective to some degree. Let's dive into some of the most popular natural remedies for headaches and what we do know about them.
"The Fantastic Four": Your Allies in the Fight Against Migraine
Magnesium is one of the chemical elements that plays a vital role in the body's chemistry. Research has shown that migraine sufferers may be deficient in magnesium and that levels in the brain can be low during attacks. Supplements may restore the balance and help prevent attacks. Although the research on magnesium is not totally conclusive, it points to magnesium being potentially helpful in menstrual migraine and migraine with aura in particular. If you decide to take magnesium supplements its magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate is less likely to produce diarrhea than magnesium oxide and other equivalents.
Riboflavin, commonly known as vitamin B2, is a nutrient found in various foods such as lean meats, eggs, legumes, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and dairy products. While there has only been one research study examining riboflavin's effectiveness in treating migraines, it reported that just over half of the participants who took a daily 400mg dose for three months experienced a 50% or greater reduction in migraines. This reduction was observed in both the frequency and the number of headache days. These impressive results have led the NHS to recommend riboflavin as a preventative treatment for migraines.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance involved in the creation of adenosine triphosphate, the major energy source for all the cells in the human body. Research in two studies showed that about half of the patients saw a decrease in their migraine symptoms of around 50 per cent over three months of use. This reduction was shown in both the severity and frequency of attacks. Co-enzyme Q10 seems largely free from side-effects, even at higher doses.
Feverfew is a plant closely related to chrysanthemums that has a long history of use in reducing pain. Although there is limited clinical evidence showing a modest improvement in migraine symptoms after taking regular feverfew, a larger study reported a reduction in symptoms of about a quarter, which is useful, but less than that reported with other preventative drugs and supplements. If you decide to take feverfew, a duration of three months monitored with a headache diary is recommended.
Can you combine "The Fantastic Four": Your Allies in the Fight Against Migraine?
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This triple pack contains riboflavin, coenzyme Q10, feverfew, and highly absorbable magnesium citrate, combining the best of natural ingredients and scientifically proven supplements. We also include ginger, which has been used in Asian medicine for migraines