Must Include Magnesium
Magnesium Does More Than REDUCE STRESS production and transfer of energy metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates Both of these are necessary for the healthy functioning of the brain.
Magnesium is often referred to as the "antistress" mineral. It is a kind of natural tranquilizer. While calcium stimulates muscle contraction, magnesium relaxes them. Magnesium is also thought to dilate the blood vessels.
Since stress is one of the biggest migraine triggers, this role by itself is important. But magnesium does more, helping to prevent migraines both directly and indirectly:
Magnesium is an alkaline mineral necessary for EVERY major biochemical process, including:
It is also vital for proper functioning of the nervous system -- clearly important in migraine prevention -- as well as for the functioning of the heart, and for muscle and bone strength.
Magnesium is also a calcium blocker, which gives it a central role in brain chemistry and preventing a migraine.
These are major reasons why successful migraine treatments must include sufficient magnesium for the body.
Where Does The Body Store Magnesium?
About 65% of the magnesium in our bodies is contained in the bones and teeth. The remaining 35% is contained in the muscles (25%) blood, other body fluids, and other tissues -- including the brain.
Migraine treatments that ignore the importance of magnesium can put you at risk. Why? When the body needs magnesium for its chemical reactions and does not get sufficient dietary magnesium, it will leach them out of these storage places in your body.
Directly or indirectly, this lack of magnesium can lead to migraines and other damage.
What Foods Contain This Mineral?
Magnesium is a key component of chlorophyll, the pigment of plants. Migraine treatments would therefore include dark green vegetables (like spinach, broccoli) in the diet -- since all are good sources of magnesium. Also recommended: most nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews), whole grains, seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds) and fruits like avocados, bananas, raisins.
What Keeps Us From Getting Enough Magnesium?
It is difficult to get enough dietary magnesium because soils are becoming depleted in many nutrients. Also contributing to magnesium deficiencies are these items in our diet: supplemental vitamin D and calcium, dietary phosphorus, and refined or processed carbohydrates. Magnesium loss is also caused by alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. This is important to know because some migraine treatments -- including over the counter medications -- contain caffeine.
Migraine is often helped by eliminating toxins like these from your diet and thus from your body.
To Supplement Or Not To Supplment
(That Is The Question)
If you do not get enough of this mineral in food, migraine treatments may include a magnesium supplement. Be sure you find out: how absorbable is the supplement? Magnesium chelated with amino acids -- like magnesium aspartate or magnesium citrate -- is probably the most absorbable form.
Magnesium is also needed for proper calcium absorption. Normally (when taken as supplements) calcium and magnesium are taken in a 2:1 ratio (calcium:magnesium) so they are both properly absorbed. (Note that excessive magnesium inhibits calcium absorption and excessive calcium inhibits magnesium absorption.)
What Is The Best Way To Take Supplements?
(If You Do Not Absorb It, It Does You No Good)
Magnesium (like calcium) is an alkaline mineral. It requires an acidic stomach environment for best absorption. Migraine treatments with magnesium recommend taking magnesium between meals or on an empty stomach, especially with a little vitamin C as ascorbic acid. Another good time to take it: bedtime. Two additional benefits of taking it at bedtime: an increased utilization of magnesium; and people tend to sleep better after taking it.
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Writer Sandra S. Feder had migraines for years. She found 5 areas of imbalance that were connected to her headaches. Stop Migraine Symptoms Naturally is the book she wrote, showing step by step how she stopped her headaches. Read about this book, or sign up for her FREE e-course: 6 Nuggets Of Migraine Help at the website: http://www.avoidamigraine.com
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TIPS FOR GETTING ENOUGH MAGNESIUM:
Remember that cooking can destroy nutrients. You can get the full benefit of many magnesium sources by JUICING the raw vegetable. (Sometimes it is a lot easier to drink the juice than to chew the vegetable.)
If you choose to cook your vegetables, consider lightly steaming them rather than boiling or baking them. Steaming exposes the vegetables to a lower temperature, and for a shorter period of time. (When you boil vegetables, the water is often colored -- these are the nutrients, leached away.)
Take good care of your digestive system. Don't stress it with too much food or drink, or lots of non-nutritional snacks or junk food. Even if you eat the best food in the world, if your intestines cannot absorb the magnesium from it, it does you no good.