Of Migraines and Magnesium

The Buckler Brief

Bringing you the latest in supplement analysis!

Supplement: butterbur

Use: natural migraine relief

The verdict: worth a try

I don’t normally recommend a lot of herbs, especially the trendier ones, unless they have some serious scientific backing. Butterbur passes my test. Depending on which recent study you check out, Butterbur (taken twice daily at 75 mg a pop) reduces the frequency of migraines by as much as 60 per cent. Supplement News Blog reports that in a double-blind study from Neurology, butterbur was twice as effective as a placebo in offering migraine relief. Personally, I have seen many cases of migraine suffering clear up with a good daily dose of Omega-3’s, a multivitamin, and elimination of sugar from the diet. However, if you’ve done these things and still suffer the agony of migraines, you might want to try butterbur.

Source: Supplement News

Note on the source: I do not endorse melatonin, nor does Mark. The use of hormone supplement therapy is controversial and I believe you’re better off finding natural ways to stimulate the production of your own melatonin through nutrition and exercise, rather than create an artificial dependency. Supplementing frequently with melatonin (other than for recovering from jet lag or other short-term sleep interferences) can cause the body to produce less on its own, therefore triggering a rather vicious cycle of hormone depletion.

Supplement: magnesium

Use: where do I start?

The verdict: absolutely essential and often overlooked!

Magnesium is vital to mental and emotional health, proper sleep, healthy cell function, bone health and, according to new research, reduction of inflammation. Those of you who know me know that inflammation is perhaps my biggest health concern for people. It’s the common culprit behind diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, obesity and many other conditions. I believe the DV for magnesium is much too low. (Here’s some interesting research to get you started if you are curious to learn more. Here’s another handy link.) I’m including these statements on magnesium today because I think this is a critically overlooked nutrient.

Though not a “trendy” supplement (and look for me to debunk plenty of those in future Briefs), I believe we really need to focus our current attention on the importance of magnesium. Many of our current health problems indicate possible magnesium deficiency, and it’s a big enough issue that the WHO has even published their concerns (the WHO is quite conservative and typically doesn’t promote supplementation beyond basic necessity, so when they talk about deficiency issues, you know it’s a big deal. The sad thing is that our Western diet, which is so potentially rich in nutrition, is in practice creating a very deficient, unhealthy population. You may remember we reported on this issue recently.)

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  1. ought ohhh. So i just switched to a primal way of living and am somewhat worried about my melatonin use now. i have been taking it regularly for 4 years at about .5 mg’s a night. any recommendations for how to wean myself from it? I’m pretty sure i will have trouble sleeping without it. I started taking it for sleeping problems, but was also told that it would help boost my seratonin production, does anyone know if this is true?

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  3. Just to let you know, 30 years ago, after numerous trips to internists(11 days without bowel movement) I went FINALLY to Naturopathic Doctor who laughed and said to add 1 250 mg of magnesium twice a day!!
    Really?? Not only do I use it for that but for when I suffered anxiety during menopause
    Now my husband takes that and calcium for A-Fib!! So to say we are mineral deficient is a big Yes, drug companies would love it if we buy all that CRAP!!! Anyway… Like your web-site, I use to do low carb, gotten lazy.. Think you might have inspired me.., well see

  4. I started Magnesium citrate (Now) 200 mg/day and after 4 days I got a mild headache and bloodshot left eye. Any ideas? I am usually very sensitive to what I eat and drink since I moved to more primal type of diet.