Migraines, characterized by intense and often debilitating headaches, are a common health issue affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Migraine episodes, also known as attacks, are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Though the exact cause of migraines remains unclear, they are believed to result from abnormal brain activity affecting nerve signals, chemicals, and blood vessels in the brain.
Aside from conventional pharmaceutical treatments, recent research has shed light on the potential of nutritional supplements in managing migraines.
This article explores the potential benefits of magnesium, Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), curcumin, and rosemary in mitigating migraine symptoms.
Magnesium, a crucial mineral involved in numerous bodily functions, has been found to be particularly effective in preventing migraines. A 2012 study in the Journal of Neural Transmission revealed that regular intake of magnesium reduced the frequency of migraine attacks by 41.6 percent.(1)
2. Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ)
PQQ is a powerful antioxidant that supports cellular energy production and promotes neurological health. Though research specifically linking PQQ to migraine relief is limited as of my knowledge cutoff in 2021, its neuroprotective properties and ability to reduce oxidative stress may play a role in managing migraines.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2019 demonstrated that curcumin could help prevent migraines by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress[^2^].
Rosemary has been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Though specific research on rosemary’s effects on migraines is sparse, its potential to relieve pain and reduce inflammation could make it beneficial in managing migraine symptoms.
In conclusion, nutritional supplements such as magnesium, PQQ, curcumin, and rosemary may serve as adjuncts to conventional migraine treatments. It is important, however, to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.
[^1^]: Von Luckner, A., & Riederer, F. (2012). Magnesium in migraine prophylaxis—Is there an evidence-based rationale? A systematic review. Journal of Neural Transmission, 120(2), 317-323.
[^2^]: Aggarwal, B. B., & Harikumar, K. B. (2009). Potential therapeutic effects of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory agent, against neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 41(1), 40-59.