Migraines, Women & Magnesium

Migraines, Women & Magnesium

Thoughts by: Dr. Jill Krasner

Migraine is a neurological disease. It’s typically a severe throbbing recurring pain on one side or the other of the head.

            Women are two to three times more likely than men to have migraines.

            Magnesium – A 2020 study found that half of all Americans are magnesium deficient.  The standard diet in America contains only approximately 50% of the daily magnesium required.

   With this being said, I used to suffer from migraines but not very much anymore.  I used to have to take Tylenol or Tylenol with codeine to ease the effects of the pain.  I had to turn down the lights and apply a warm washcloth to my head.  It is rare that I get such a headache anymore since I started taking magnesium, and for that I am grateful!

   During the trialing phase of our products, a colleague of mine gave our magnesium-only cream to her 20-year old daughter who had a history of intense migraine headaches.  She noted to her mother that when using the cream, she noticed a decrease in the intensity of her headaches.

   Migraines can be managed and the pain can be diminished somewhat but they cannot be cured.  Learning your food triggers or when a migraine is coming can help you find ways to help minimize the pain before a full-blown headache starts. 

   The etiology of migraines has been studied in great detail over the years. Several new prescription options have arisen in recent years as well.  Magnesium has clearly made its mark in the medical community.  I find it fascinating, however, that such a basic mineral is becoming a recognized treatment in diminishing the effects of these headaches. 

   There are many oral forms of magnesium that can be taken and are listed in the references below.  Take a 400 mg magnesium pill when you can feel a migraine coming on but before it actually hits.  Pills must go thru the gut first to be absorbed. 

   Our magnesium-only products should be applied topically. The magnesium will penetrate within minutes.  We use magnesium chloride, which has been shown to have better cellular penetration and lower tissue toxicity.  Migraines can hit at the most inopportune time, so rub some cream on your forehead or the sides of your neck.  It will not make it go entirely away but it will help to mitigate the pain.

   I leave the final assessment to you.