What Helps Migraine

Migraine also known as a Migraine Headache is a neurological condition characterized by symptoms including intense headache, nausea, vomiting, visual aura and light sensitivity.


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Natural Remedies That May Help Migraine

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Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body absorbed through foods including nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts), beans (black beans, edamame) and vegetables (spinach, potatoes). It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body helping maintain nerve and muscle function, a healthy immune system, blood glucose levels, as well as, aiding in energy and protein production.


How Might It Help

Studies have shown a correlation between Migraines and Magnesium deficiency; therefore, supplemental Magnesium may help as a preventive measure and acute treatment option by restoring levels.


Effectiveness
65%


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CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant produced naturally by the body, but levels generally decrease with age. CoQ10 is present in many foods including vegetables (spinach, cauliflower, broccoli), fish (trout, mackerel) and organ meat (heart, liver, kidney). It plays an important role in cellular growth and maintenance.


How Might It Help

CoQ10 may help as a preventative treatment for Migraines; additionally combined with Turmeric, it may help decrease the frequency, severity and duration of episodes.


Effectiveness
15%


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Omega-3 Fish Oil

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats absorbed through food including fish (mackerel, salmon, seabass), vegetable oils (flax oil, soybean oil), nuts (walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp). There are three main Omega-3 Fatty Acids: ALA also known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, EPA also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid. ALA is found naturally in plants, while EPA and DHA are found in fish. Omega-3 Fatty Acids maintain heart, vascular, lung, brain, immune and endocrine system health, while reducing inflammation.


How Might It Help

Studies indicate a correlation between inflammation and Migraine development; therefore, Omega-3 Fish Oil may help Migraines by its anti-inflammatory properties.


Effectiveness
22%


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Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric is made from the dried rhizomes of the Curcuma longa plant, belonging to the ginger family. Native to South Asia, Turmeric has a long history in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. The key component is the organic polyphenol, curcumin, which is responsible for giving the plant its yellow color. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects have been used in the treatment of arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory and metabolic issues.  


How Might It Help

Turmeric may help ease pain associated with Migraines by its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects; additionally combined with CoQ10, it may help decrease the frequency, severity and duration of episodes.


Effectiveness
55%


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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Vitamin B2, also known as Riboflavin, is one of the eight, water-soluble B vitamins. Naturally present in foods including dairy (milk, eggs), fish (salmon), meat (beef, pork), poultry (chicken), vegetables (spinach, mushrooms), nuts (almonds) and fruits (avocado). Vitamin B2 is an essential component of two coenzymes (flavin mononucleotide and flavin adenine dinucleotide) essential to energy production, cellular function, growth, development and metabolism. 


How Might It Help

Vitamin B2 may help the frequency and duration of Migraines in adults; however in children and adolescents the results are inconclusive.


Effectiveness
44%


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Feverfew

Feverfew, also known as Tanacetum parthenium, is a short, bushy, daisy-like perennial in the Asteraceae family. Native to the Balkan Peninsula, Feverfew’s dried leaves, flowers and stems have been used by Greek and European herbalists throughout history, dating back to the 5th century BC. Introduced to the United States in the 19th century, the plant’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties have been used to treat fevers, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach aches, asthma and menstrual disorders.


How Might It Help

Feverfew may help Migraines by its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.


Effectiveness
22%


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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in foods including fish (salmon, trout, sardines) and mushrooms (morel, chanterelle, oyster, shiitake), but more substantially from sun exposure, as the sun’s ultraviolet rays trigger synthesis. 


How Might It Help

Studies indicate a correlation between Migraine frequency and Vitamin D deficiency, therefore, supplemental Vitamin D may help as a preventive measure by restoring levels.


Effectiveness
27%


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Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a naturally-occurring compound in the Cannabid sativa L plant, commonly known as hemp. Originating in Central Asia, hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years.  CBD is non-psychoactive and has been used to treat conditions ranging from chronic pain and anxiety to autoimmune and skin diseases.


How Might It Help

Cannabidiol may help Migraines by its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects.


Effectiveness
52%


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Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms that naturally live in the human body. They typically include strains from the common bacteria groups, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, as well as the yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii. Found naturally in fermented foods (kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, miso and sauerkraut) and dairy (yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese), probiotics are part of the microbiome or the healthy community of organisms that keep the body healthy.


Effectiveness
12%


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GABA

GABA, the acronym for gamma-Aminobutyric acid, is a naturally occurring amino acid. Produced within the brain, GABA functions as an inhibiting neurotransmitter aiding in relaxation, reducing stress and pain alleviation. Found naturally in vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli, sweet potato), mushrooms (shitake), legumes (soy beans, adzuki beans) and tea (green, black, oolong), as well as, fermented foods including (kefir, yogurt, tempeh). 


Effectiveness
18%


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Biofeedback Therapy


Effectiveness
27%


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Massage Therapy


Effectiveness
32%


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Calcium

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body absorbed through foods including seeds (chia), dairy (yogurt, milk, cheese), fish (sardines, salmon) and vegetables (Chinese cabbage, kale, turnip greens). Calcium maintains vascular and bone health, as well as muscle and nerve function.


Effectiveness
1%


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