Natural ways to help reduce migraine symptoms
We've compiled a list of helpful suggestions inspired by what our nutritional therapists have to say.
Migraines are a neurological condition that can cause multiple symptoms. While intense, debilitating headaches frequently characterise it, additional symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling and sensitivity to light and sound.
The condition often runs in families. Females are more also more likely than males to be diagnosed with migraine. The most common categories of migraine headaches are episodic versus chronic, and then there are those without aura and those with aura.
1. Avoid certain foods
- Foods with nitrates, including hot dogs, deli meats, bacon, and sausage
- Chocolate & alcohol, especially red wine
- Cheese that contains the naturally occurring compound tyramine, such as feta, cheddar & Parmesan
- Foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer
- Foods that are very cold, such as ice cream or iced drinks
- Processed foods
2. Apply lavender oil
Inhaling lavender essential oil may help to ease migraine pain. Lavender oil may be inhaled directly or diluted and applied in small amounts to your temples.
A 2016 randomized controlled study found evidence that 3 months of lavender therapy as a prophylactic therapy, meaning taken before a migraine attack begins, reduced frequency and severity of migraine attacks. However, research is still limited.
A 2020 review of studies published in the journal Phytotherapy Research examined the ability of various herbal treatments, including lavender therapy for treating migraine. More quality research is needed but the aromatic and calming fragrance of lavender definitely can help to calm the mind and relax the body.
3. Include magnesium in your diet
Magnesium deficiency is linked to headaches and migraine. Magnesium oxide supplementation can help prevent migraine with aura. It may also prevent menstrual migraine, aka hormone headaches.
A 2021 study found that 500 milligrams of magnesium oxide taken twice a day for 8 weeks was as effective as the medication valproate sodium for preventing migraine without significant side effects. This is very good news for people who want to stick to natural remedies, but remember to always consult your doctor first before changing your medication. We recommend taking Viridian's High Potency Magnesium capsules.
4. Supplement with Riboflavin (aka Vitamin B2)
In studies of riboflavin’s efficaciousness on migraines, participants are typically asked to take a lot more riboflavin than you’re likely to get from your diet- 400 mg. Supplementing with this dose, riboflavin has been shown to reduce the number of attacks people experienced each month.
We recommend supplementing with Viridian B2 Complex capsules which offers a full array of the B vitamins together with a higher level of B2. B2 (riboflavin) contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
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