Foods and Supplements in the Management of Migraine Headaches

  title={Foods and Supplements in the Management of Migraine Headaches},
  author={Christina Sun-Edelstein and Alexander Mauskop},
  journal={The Clinical Journal of Pain},
ObjectiveAlthough a wide range of acute and preventative medications are now available for the treatment of migraine headaches, many patients will not have a significant improvement in the frequency and severity of their headaches unless lifestyle modifications are made. Also, given the myriad side effects of traditional prescription medications, there is an increasing demand for “natural” treatment like vitamins and supplements for common ailments such as headaches. Here, we discuss the role… 

A Bidirectional View of Migraine and Diet Relationship

  • P. Gazerani
  • Medicine
    Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment
  • 2021
A targeted review presents examples from current literature on the effects of diet on migraine features and effects of migraine on dietary choices to draw a perspective for future studies.

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A review of current data surrounding the issue of dietary consistency is presented from the perspective of migraine as an illness, as a disease, and with a view toward the role of local and systemic inflammation in its genesis.

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The role of nutrients in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraine headaches: Review.

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Butterbur extract: prophylactic treatment for childhood migraines.

What Is the Evidence that Riboflavin Can Be Used for Migraine Prophylaxis

Although riboflavin is a promising prophylactic agent with minimal adverse effects that may significantly reduce the frequency of migraine, there is a need for further randomized, double-blind controlled studies to determine the effective dose.

Dietary aspects of migraine trigger factors.

A critical review of the literature was performed by conducting a search for food item descriptors linked to migraines in the PubMed and SciELO databases, finding the high frequency of possible specific dietary triggers validates efforts to elucidate the involvement of food-related factors in precipitating Migraines.

Clinical use of omega-3 fatty acids in migraine

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Role of magnesium in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraines.

It is felt that a trial of oral magnesium supplementation can be recommended to a majority of migraine sufferers because of an excellent safety profile and low cost and despite the lack of definitive studies.

Magnesium taurate and fish oil for prevention of migraine.

Role of magnesium in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraine

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“Natural” or Alternative Medications for Migraine Prevention

A medical school statistician/epidemiologist has frequent migraines and concludes that the usual preventative medications reduce headache frequency by about 50% in about half of patients, but she is concerned about the potential for side-effects and wonders about the efficacy of alternative treatments.

High-Dose Riboflavin as a Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine: Results of an Open Pilot Study

High-dose riboflavin could be an effective, low-cost prophylactic treatment of migraine devoid of short-term side effects and a placebo-controlled trial of its efficacy seems worthwhile.

The Prevalence of Diet-Induced Migraine

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Aspartame ingestion and headaches

Evidence is provided that, among individuals with self-reported headaches after ingestion of aspartame, a subset of this group report more headaches when tested under controlled conditions, and it appears that some people are particularly susceptible to headaches caused by aspartam and may want to limit their consumption.

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The clinical effectiveness of feverfew in the prevention of migraine has not been established beyond reasonable doubt.

Aspartame and susceptibility to headache.

It is concluded that in this population of well educated and overweight subjects, aspartame is no more likely to produce headache than placebo.

Aspartame and Susceptibility to Headache

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