Magnesium plays a huge role in helping migraine sufferers to reduce their migraines in intensely and frequency and in some cases eliminating them altogether.
It was first suggested that a deficiency in magnesium could cause headaches over 70 years ago. It makes sense, because a lot of the things that cause the body to run short of magnesium also either trigger migraines or lower your resistance. For example alcohol, stress, and menstruation.
Researchers have been investigating the magnesium migraines connection because of magnesium's role in stabilizing blood vessels walls. Magnesium reduces nerve excitability and also calms pain receptors.
Are your magnesium’s levels low?
This is a very good possibility that your magnesium levels will be on the very low side. The best way to test your magnesium level is a Hair Analysis Test. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, and the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant. A blood test is not an accurate way to show your levels of magnesium.
What depletes Magnesium?
There are a number of things that can deplete magnesium and I have listed a few:
Drugs of all types
High Calcium intake
My first hair test SHOWED very low magnesium Level 1.7 Normal level 6
Prior to this test I was taking magnesium in tablet form and mainly magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate in the higher dose of 400 mg daily for approx six months. Still my results were on the low side of magnesium.
What type of Magnesium Supplement do I Take?
There are so many types of magnesium on the market today. Sulfate – Glycinate – Carbonate- Citrate – Aspartate – Arginate – Oxide – Chloride.
You are left asking yourself “Which one do I take to help my migraines?”
When you take the tablet or capsules forms of magnesium our bodies may only absorb as little as 10 – 30 % of the magnesium. The other contributing factor at raising ones magnesium levels is it is very difficult to take larger doses of the tablet form of magnesium through the stomach as one tends to end up with diarrhea.
This is why I Highly recommend a skin absorbed Magnesium, as this is able to be taken at larger doses and is absorbed through the skin. In a matter of 6-12 weeks cellular magnesium levels can change to optimal level.
With the spray on magnesium it is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.
Before the second hair test I used the magnesium spray on as instructed.
My second hair test SHOWED Magnesium level of 6.4! (From 1.7 to 6.4)
With a huge improvement in my migraines as in their intensity and lower frequency. Taking this form of magnesium helped immensely!
Magnesium rich foods.
Alfalfa – Cacao bean - Chlorella – Bran (Rice – Wheat –Oat) Cilantro – Pumpkin seeds - Flax seeds -Brazil nuts, millet.
When magnesium levels are very low, it is recommended to supplement to get the levels up. Eating foods alone will not be enough to change a low cellular level. Once you have good cellular level it is advised to eat whole nutrition foods and especially foods that are high in magnesium.
Precaution: If you have severe kidney problems and wish to take larger doses of magnesium, consult your physician first.
Please note: Because of the potential for side effects or negative interactions with medications, dietary supplements should be taken under the supervision of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.
Michelle Tweedie is an Avid Health Researcher, dedicated to personal growth and health for over 15 years. Her interest in health began from the struggle of living life with horrendous migraines for 28 years which began in her teenage years.
This is where Michelle’s journey of self-discovery began and she now has a passion to teach this knowledge. Michelle has a certificate in Natural Health Studies, Holistic Life Coach, Law of Attraction Training and currently studying Hair Analysis and Copper Toxicity.