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  • Writer's pictureDr.Clancy Smart-D'Ettorre

The metabolic link to migraines

Updated: May 3, 2020

It’s well known that an important part to treating migraines is managing triggers Triggers can range from stress, certain foods, smells or even neck dysfunction, but why do these things trigger some people and not others? Migraines are thought to be caused by a combination of central nervous system sensitivity (specifically at the brain stem), metabolic dysfunction and genetic factors (1). Recent research into prevention of migraine has been heavily focused on metabolic support, mainly through supplements that are involved in energy production. Supplements are often sought out due to their relatively-low risk profile and as they are often safe to use in conjunction with typical medication. The supplements with the most research include magnesium, CoQ10, B6, B9, B12 as well as a plant extract of feverfew. All of these supplements studied have shown up to 60% reduction in frequency of migraines (2).

Now you might be thinking that’s a lot of supplements! Here at Spine & Joint we have started stocking a practitioner-only supplement known as ‘Migraine Care’ that has all of those aforementioned supplements in one convenient capsule.

If you experiencing migraines or know someone who is, it is recommended to come into the Spine & Joint Healthcare group for an assessment. One of our professionally trained Chiropractors will come up with a personalised treatment plan for you that may include supplementation.

(1) Rainero I, Vacca A, Roveta F, Govone F, Gai A, Rubino E. Targeting MTHFR for the treatment of migraines. Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2019;23(1):29–37. doi:10.1080/14728222.2019.1549544

(2) Daniel O, Mauskop A. Nutraceuticals in Acute and Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2016;18(4):14. doi:10.1007/s11940-016-0398-1

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