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Quick Tip #75 ~ Magnesium for Headache Relief

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Thought I'd mention this to those of you that suffer from headaches.

I never had headaches until recently, now I seem to get several a month.
They're not the brain splitting variety, just a dull ache at my temples.

I discovered accidentally that magnesium (in my case, magnesium citrate) works within 20 minutes of taking a capsule with an 8 oz glass of water. I had been taking magnesium at nite to help with nocturnal legs cramps, one nite I had a headache which disappeared in short order after a dose.

I thought it was a fluke.
But since that nite, I've used 100mg of magnesium citrate (that's 25% of the RDA) on several occasions with 100% success.

Just putting this out there for those of you that like to avoid medications... may be something for your to try before reaching for pain relievers.

: )
Update 1/31/13
Pat has kindly provided us with a list of Magnesium rich foods!

Update 2/3/13
Please check comments below for Spark Member's success stories! Its inspirational how tracking and modifying diet thru supplementation when necessary has made such a positive difference in their health! Way to go, Sparkers... walk the talk!

Update 2/4/13
Have done further reading and discovered that vitamin D depletes magnesium... I take 5000 IUs of D per day... just to keep my D within normal range (thx to auto-immune thyroid dysfunction! ha) Here's a link to one of the articles I found.
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    1861 days ago
    Thanks, passing the info to my hubby!
    1866 days ago
    Magnesium has also lowered my blood pressure to a healthy range. Yeah! My goal was to get off the two blood pressure medications required to achieve a healthy range. I went off one with Magnesium, and went off the other one when I cut out salt and added high potassium foods.
    1872 days ago
  • IAM_HIS2
    Thank you for this. After tracking my foods I realized I was low in both magnesium and potassium. Since taking these two supplements, my less leg syndrome is better and my migraines are less!!

    This blog meant a lot to me. I hope that you keep writing them about supplements & foods. You know a lot and have a lot to share with us. emoticon emoticon
    1874 days ago
    I love magnesium citrate helps me stay regular and gets sleep at night
    1874 days ago
    Yay, knowledge is power. I have been taking magnesium
    for leg cramps at night and on my bottle it also states
    taht it may be assist withthe relief of:
    Muscular Aches & pains
    Muscular Cramps & Spasms
    and PMS Symptoms.
    Thanks for the information Mzz. Have a nice day.
    1875 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Thx so much! Knowledge is power!
    1875 days ago
    Thanks for posting. You said you take magnesium at night for leg cramps. Do you still take it? And if so, do you add another magnesium when you get a headache? I have been taking magnesium with my calcium at night as a sleep aid. I don't know if it would be beneficial or detrimental to take additional when a headache comes on.
    1875 days ago
    1875 days ago
    Thanks for the info and will try that on my son when he gets one.
    1875 days ago
    You're correct.
    Here is a list of foods rich in magnesium.
    1875 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2013 9:33:51 PM
    1875 days ago
    Actually it is not a fluke. I have also been trying to incorporate magnesium into my diet. I recently bought some "Calms Forte" or "Natural Calm" (I ordered it from manufacturer but later discovered it at , Natural Grocers, local health food stores, etc). In their material they say that calcium helps muscles CONTRACT - and magnesium makes muscles RELAX. So... That's why epsom salts help in the hot tub - help all muscles relax. Having magnesium in capsules or as the powdered form like I take will help with headaches, with constipation (which can also be a cause of headaches if you are needing to detox the dead fat cells and wastes from extra exercise etc.)...

    So yea you!!! No more headaches (and interestingly enough, many of the dark greens like kale collards etc have magnesium as well as calcium. Read your labels !).

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    PS - forgot to mention that dehydration can also manifest as a headache too - so the water it takes to drink down your magnesium is also good for headaches!! Might not feel "thirsty" but still be headachy... Either way, it's still a win-win!!
    1875 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2013 8:28:10 PM
    Wow. that's nice to know.
    1875 days ago
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