Magnesium is effective in preventing migraine headaches, according to a new study published in the journal Magnesium Research.
The researchers found that patients treated with magnesium, compared to those treated with placebo, had fewer migraine attacks and the attacks were milder.
In addition, magnesium treated patients had improved blood flow in their brains, while those on placebo did not.
This is just another confirmation of previous findings of the efficacy of magnesium in the treatment of migraine headaches.
Since magnesium is very inexpensive and generally safe, patients with migraine headache should be given the option of magnesium supplementation.
Oprah Magazine Quote by Dr. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Oz : “Like Alexander Mauskop, I believe that magnesium can help—it relaxes arteries and muscles in the body, both of which can help with headaches.”
This statement, which appeared in The Oprah Magazine, is not very surprising coming from a cardiac surgeon – magnesium is routinely used after open heart surgery.
Unfortunately, many neurologists and other physicians treating headaches still do not recommend magnesium for their headache patients. And this is despite all the scientific evidence and despite the recommendation of the American Academy of Neurology.
I think this is in part due to their training that emphasizes the use of drugs rather than natural approaches. This bias is reinforced by the strong influence of the pharmaceutical industry.
Read: Overreliance on Drugs?
Alexander Mauskop MD, FAAN, Associate Professor of Neurology at SUNY – Downstate Medical Center, is the Director and founder of the New York Headache Center. Dr. Mauskop is board-certified in Neurology with subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine. He has delivered over 400 scientific presentations and lectures and is a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Neurology, Headache, and several other medical journals. For the past 21 years, has been the Director of an annual educational symposium for physicians. Over 200 doctors from around the world have visited the New York Headache Center to learn advanced treatment techniques.
Dr. Mauskop is the author of Migraine and Headache (Oxford American Pain Library) and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Migraines: The Breakthrough Program That Can Help End Your Pain.
He has repeatedly been chosen as one of New York magazine’s Best Doctors in New York, as one of New York Times Magazine’s, “Super Doctors” and as Castle and Connolly’s “Best Doctors”. Dr. Mauskop has appeared on television shows including Tom Brokaw’s News Hour, Extra, and PBS specials, and he has been featured in Vogue, O Magazine, and many other publications. He has given lectures at the medical schools of Cornell, Harvard, Columbia, NYU and Dartmouth, and at the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.
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