Although pharmaceuticals are a common go-to for headache relief, they aren’t the only option. Current research shows that nutritional supplements, such as vitamin B, can play a big role in migraine prophylaxis (prevention). If you suffer from chronic headaches, you may be interested in nutritional supplements to prevent or treat headaches, especially if you can't tolerate medications.
Here, our team at Beverly Hills Migraine & Pain Management Institute reviews the top five nutritional supplements that relieve headaches.
5 natural supplements for headache relief
The following supplements have been clinically demonstrated to treat and help prevent chronic headaches.
1. Vitamin B
Researchers have found that people with chronically low energy reserves in their mitochondria are more prone to experiencing headaches. Refueling those low energy reserves with supplemental vitamin B can help prevent headaches.
Vitamin B complex is a group of vitamins that boost energy, but it’s vitamin B12 that is particularly helpful when it comes to headache relief. Vitamin B12 boosts the power of your mitochondria 一 tiny organelles that create the chemical energy necessary for your cells to function.
There are many types of magnesium, and several of them can help alleviate headaches. According to the American Migraine Foundation, daily doses of magnesium oxide can help prevent migraines, while magnesium sulfate may be administered intravenously. Magnesium benefits those with hormone-related migraines and those who suffer aura with their migraines.
Magnesium reduces the symptoms of migraines, but it’s also proven effective in preventing tension and cluster headaches.
Native to central and southern Europe, feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium L.) is an herbal remedy used to prevent headaches and migraines. It’s a particularly beneficial herbal remedy as it also helps reduce the nausea and vomiting that frequently accompany migraines.
Known as a culinary star, ginger also shines when it comes to headache relief. As a nutritional supplement, ginger alleviates the pain and nausea associated with headaches.
Ginger increases serotonin, a chemical messenger that nerve cells produce, and dopamine and helps stop migraines by reducing inflammation in as little as two hours after consumption. For those who suffer from 72-hour long migraines, a two-hour episode is a significant improvement.
5. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Although your body naturally produces the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), supplementing with it can prophylactically reduce the severity of chronic headaches. Like vitamin B12, CoQ10 supplies energy to your cells. It also converts nutrients, including fatty acids and carbohydrates, into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which supports fuel energy transfer within cells.
All of these nutrients in one convenient supplement
While all these supplements deliver the essential nutrients your brain needs, taking five supplements daily can be a lot to manage. The good news is that there’s one supplement to give you all you need: MiGuard.
Dr. Benjamin Taimoorazy, our triple-board certified pain management specialist, formulated this supplement with over one decade of research. MiGuard is a non-GMO, vegan, nonprescription nutritional supplement that contains:
The easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsules are easy on your stomach, are nonhabit-forming, and provide peace of mind knowing you’re consuming only the purest ingredients.
Get the headache relief you need
As with any nutritional supplement, it’s important to talk to us before starting a new regimen. Our concierge-style practice offers migraine and headache management in our Beverly Hills and Northridge, California, locations. As part of our comprehensive headache management, Dr. Taimoorazy performs an exam, reviews your symptoms, and works to identify any key headache triggers.
Your highly individualized headache treatment plan may include:
- MiGuard supplements
- Interventional treatments, including radiofrequency ablation
- Injections, including Botox® and trigger point injections
- Lifestyle changes, including stress management and avoiding your specific triggers
Don’t let chronic headaches rule your life. To get started with a consultation, call us at 424-302-0289. You can also request an appointment and find out if MiGuard is right for you.