Suffering from migraines? Try these medications and supplements.
It goes without saying that migraines can make daily life difficult. The pain associated with these headaches can be intense, and they can be accompanied by throbbing or numbness, and even nausea.
Some prescription drugs can cause side effects when they treat migraines. However, natural alternatives may be available. You may be able to reduce the frequency or severity of your migraines by taking certain vitamins and supplements.
Now, it’s important to note that no single supplement or medication can prevent migraines entirely or even stop them in their tracks, but we can reduce the frequency or severity of the attacks which can be life-changing for some individuals.
Try the following vitamins and supplements in your routine:
1. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
You’re probably familiar with the name “riboflavin” from when this vitamin was added to fortified cereals. But instead of eating a sugary breakfast to get your fill, try a 400mg supplement every day. This vitamin’s effect on the ways cells metabolize energy may help with migraines, according to Mount Sinai¹. As a result, it may reduce the frequency and duration of migraines.
Since it’s a water-soluble vitamin, there are no serious side effects.
A daily dose of 400-500mg of magnesium can work wonders for helping with migraine attacks in some people.
Magnesium is a key ingredient in Root Logic’s Migraine Defense.
During menstruation or PMS, magnesium might be your answer since it relaxes your muscles and is essential for most cellular activity in the body. Be warned that because it relaxes your muscles, you may experience loose stools. Simply reduce the dosage or use magnesium glycinate as it is easiest on the stomach.
3. Vitamin D
The role of vitamin D in migraines is just being examined by researchers. According to many studies², supplementation with vitamin D may be beneficial in reducing migraine frequency.
You should consult your doctor before starting a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D Council can provide general information but you should always check with your primary health provider first.
4. Coenzyme Q-10
In our bodies, CoQ10 performs important functions like providing energy and protecting cells from oxidation. In light of the fact that some diseases cause lower levels of CoQ10 in the blood, researchers are interested in finding out if supplementation is beneficial.
CoQ10 is typically taken at a dosage of 100 mg three times per day. You should check with your physician if this supplement interacts with other medications or supplements.
These are just a few of the many vitamins and supplements that have been shown to have an effect on the frequency, duration, and severity of migraines.
Some experimentation may be required to find out what works best for you, but be sure to speak with your doctor or neurologist before adding any supplements to your routine.