In part 1, I explained the difference between a headache and a migraine. In this article I want to explore evidence for nutritional fixes to assit migraine sufferers.
5-HTP, or 5-Hydroxytryptophane is a naturally occuring amino acid that may help prevent chronic headaches of various types including tension headaches and prevent migraines. In one study, 5-HTP was just as effective at preventing migraines as methysergide (a perscription migrane drug) and it was espeically good at reducing the intensity and duration of attacks.
A lack of magnesium has been linked to migraine, and several trails suggest taht supplementing with the mineral can reduce the frequency of attacks.
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