New research conducted at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the New England Centre for Headache at Stamford University in the USA has established a clear link between Migraine sufferers and magnesium serum levels, with the conclusion that Magnesium can effectively be used for the treatment of ongoing Migraine headache.
Further research shows that 50-60% of all migraine sufferers are deficient in magnesium, showing a link between magnesium deficiency and migraine, so why is supplementation with standard Magnesium usually ineffective?
This vital mineral is critical in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and Dr. Marc Sircus, Director of the International Medical Veritas Association once said “there is a power and a force in magnesium that cannot be equalled anywhere else in the world of medicine”
So is avoiding migraines as simple as taking a magnesium supplement? No, it is not, and here is the reason why supplementation with standard magnesium usually doesn’t work (and how to make it work).
While magnesium given by IV does seem to work miracles, it’s pretty hard to give yourself an IV drip at home, and in supplement form plain magnesium (on it’s own) doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier or enter soft muscle tissue. It needs to be combined with other selected B group vitamins and minerals, known as co-factors, for it to enter the blood stream.
So if you take a regular magnesium supplement, like one you might find in your local pharmacy or supermarket, it will have little or no effect on your migraine frequency or severity, as most of it will just pass through your body and flush out in your urine. Maybe you’ve been there before and already know the outcome.
But more recently, in a product developed with the help of leading doctors, professors and clinical researchers from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, the magnesium is activated by bonding it with other co-factors (Vitamins B3, B6 & Zinc), so it has the best chance of crossing the blood brain barrier and relieving your pain and helping prevent future migraines.
This supplement was originally released under the tradename of Migraine Stop but has recently undergone a name change and is now called ACTIVEMG to reflect its other important uses (more on that later), ActiveMg contains 3 forms of magnesium into one capsule, with B group vitamins and zinc added, to allow the magnesium to cross the blood brain barrier. The manufacturer claims that this activated magnesium alone is incredibly powerful, but in order to add weight to the formulation they also needed a natural solution to the anxiety and stress that often accompanies migraine pain, so to assist with the anxiety and further enhance muscle relaxation they added Cramp Bark, Passionflower and Vitamin B9 (my favourite vitamin) in the bio-available form known as Folinic Acid.
So will ActiveMg work for everyone?
No, not everyone - but at least 50-60% of people. Migraines are triggered by a huge range of factors, but this research has definitively shown that around 50-60% of migrainers exhibit a magnesium deficiency, so if you fall into that category then the activated magnesium will definitely help. What I like is that the company has created a 365 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee to protect those who it doesn’t work for, so essentially they eliminated all the risk to consumers in trying it out.
ActiveMg is the product of Regenex Laboratories, a New Zealand based company with distribution warehouses in Australia and USA. I have recommended this natural supplement to many of my patients as ActiveMg reduces Migraine intensity, relieves the stress and anxiety associated with Migraine and relaxes soft muscle tissue, leading to relief of any muscle cramping issues.
In Australia the product can be ordered through Global Health Direct and they do all the good things you expect of a reputable company such as free shipping, discounts on their 3 bottle packs and a 365 day guarante.
The author is Dr. David Goldstein for Natural Health Media
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