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The following supplements are therapeutic at particular doses that need to be prescribed by a health professional.
Magnesium, B2 (riboflavin), lipoic acid, and CoQ10 have all been studied for their potential benefits in managing migraines. While individual experiences may vary, here are some ways these supplements may help:
1. Magnesium: It is believed that magnesium deficiency may contribute to migraine attacks. Supplementing with magnesium can help regulate neurotransmitter function, reduce inflammation, and help relax blood vessels, potentially reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines.
2. B2 (Riboflavin): Some research suggests that riboflavin supplementation may improve mitochondrial energy production, which could help prevent migraines. It is believed that riboflavin helps in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, which plays a role in regulating pain and mood.
3. Lipoic Acid: Lipoic acid is an antioxidant that may help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which can contribute to migraines. Some studies have shown that lipoic acid supplementation may help decrease the frequency and severity of migraines, although more research is needed.
4. CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is involved in the energy production of cells and has potent antioxidant properties. Research suggests that CoQ10 supplementation may increase energy production in brain cells, reduce oxidative stress, and improve mitochondrial function. Some studies have shown that CoQ10 may help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
It's important to note that these supplements should be taken under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as they may interact with certain medications or have side effects. Additionally, the effectiveness of these supplements can vary from person to person, so it's always best to consult with a healthcare provider for personalised advice.