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By Dr Nadia Malek

It is reported that about 18% of women and 6% of men suffer from migraines in the United States and I can attest from personal experience that there is nothing worse than feeling like your head is about to explode when you are in the throes of a migraine.  When you experience that pain, it is often accompanied by unpleasant symptoms that can include photosensitivity, nausea and vomiting as well as a sensitivity to sound and loud noises.  Having been there myself, I understand how debilitating and exhausting it is to suffer with constant unrelenting pain.  Thankfully, migraines are things of the past for me and I have to say I am so grateful that I successfully managed my health naturally and got rid of them.  If you suffer with migraines, it’s important to understand that although some migraines occur without apparent cause, many are very often brought about by some underlying health issue.  Some of these include thyroid, gut, liver, gallbladder and kidney problems to name a few.  Regardless of the underlying issues when you’re in pain any relief however transient is a blessing.  To that end, here are 3 nutrients that have been found, in studies,  to help diminish the severity and frequency of migraines.

Magnesium preferably as Magnesium Citrate.  In fact a study published in 2008 on the effect of magnesium on migraines without aura found that 600mg of magnesium citrate reduced the incidence and severity of migraines by over 40% without side effects other than loose stool.  You can also supplement your magnesium by choosing foods that are rich in the precious mineral and to start, pumpkin seeds pack a whopping 317mg per ¼ cup.

Riboflavin also known as vitamin B2.  Migraines have been correlated with low ATP levels and cellular fatigue.  Because riboflavin is such an important part of ATP production,  studies centered around the use of riboflavin for migraines point to the improved mitochondrial function as the possible reason for riboflavin’s positive impact on the frequency and severity of migraines.  In a 2008 study migraine sufferers saw an improvement of 59% over the control group.  If you’re looking for a dietary source, look no further than animal proteins with liver being the richest source.  Now I know some of you probably would rather swallow a pill than eat liver so here is another dietary option, a fairly decent source in the veggie world is spinach.

Coenzyme Q10 better known as Co Q10 is an important component of mitochondrial function and cellular energy production.  It is also an important nutrient for heart function and is produced by the liver in the same cascade that makes cholesterol.   Studies suggest that Co Q10 reduces severity in migraines due to the emerging evidence that mitochondrial dysfunction may contribute to the pain.  In fact in a 2015 study 40 migraines sufferers where given Co Q10 in varying dosages and the results showed a marked improvement in both frequency and severity in over 50% of the subjects and a reduction in severity but not frequency in the remainder of the subjects.   Where do you find it in food?  Well one of the richest sources of Co Q10 is beef heart, but I already see some of you cringe at the thought so the best thing to to is take it in a supplement.  One quick caveat, Co Q10 is a fat soluble nutrient, which means that unless it’s emulsified, you aren’t getting the full benefit of the nutrient.

So there you have it, now go eat hearty and Stay Healthy!

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