Migraine and Vestibular Migraine can be managed naturally with vitamins, minerals, diet, and exercise! Natural migraine treatments can be paired with your medical treatment. Some people use natural migraine treatment alone, without the need for Here’s a list of vitamins and other accessible over the counter treatments you can try. As always, ask your doctor before you change or add anything to your treatment plan!
The most common supplements for Vestibular Migraineurs are CoQ10, Magnesium, and Riboflavin (B2). Some supplements, like Migralief have all 3 combined, which makes remembering to take it easier. However, sometimes just because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s better – some of my patients have been very successful with taking Migralief, but others have needed to take each one separately for multiple reasons.
Magnesium has so many purposes in our bodies. It helps with mental clarity, digestion, nerve function, blood sugar, and more! Taking keeping magnesium available in your body for use is called bioavailability. Different kinds of magnesium supplements helps with different difficulties you may have related to migraine
Magnesium glycinate is used for mental clarity and digestive health, without causing digestive issues or a crash at the end of the day. Glycinate is an amino acid that your body uses to fight inflammation and improve sleep. Magnesium glycinate also occurs in foods such as meat, dairy, and legumes. Since those on a Migraine Diet or Heal Your Headache diet may be avoiding most dairy and some legumes, glycinate may be lacking in your diet. It’s important we have all the necessary amino acids in our diets, so a magnesium glycinate supplement may be a great idea for you!
Magnesium L-Threonate is when we combine threonic acid and magnesium. This form of magnesium is a formed to be easily digestible and is great for mental clarity. Studies have shown that it helped promote learning and memory, and helped prevent memory decline. Threonate is already present in some level in our cerebrospinal fluid, and the presence of extra in neuronal cultures “increased functional synapse density” (2). Really good Magnesium Threonate, like the kind form Pure Encapsulations, is really hard to come by. If you can’t find it from Pure Encapsulations on Amazon, they have another show online here.
Magnesium Citrate is often used for treating digestive issue, such as constipation. Magnesium citrate is the most available form of magnesium – this is the kind of magnesium that you find generically in stores. This form of magnesium is also commonly found in powder form. If you have trouble with the bathroom in general, and are a person who deals with chronic constipation it might be good to take Magnesium Citrate. However, if you do not, be more cautious about this – you might spend a little extra time in the bathroom than you had intended if you take Magnesium Citrate.
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, for migraine is used for preventing oxidative change in your brain. Migraine Brains hate change – so preventing large changes oxidative stressors within your brain will help decrease the number of migraines in your life. CoQ10 helps support mitochondria by creating adenosine triphosphate, which helps us with energy (3, 4). Some studies have shown that CoQ10 can help with episodic migraine prevention up to 15 episodes per month. CoQ10 is made by Pure Encapsulations, like Magnesium, in pill form which is of high quality. It is also in chewable gummies made by NOW Supplements which patients have reported is effective as well.
Riboflavin, which is a form of B2 vitamin, is effective in preventing migraine (5). Migraineurs are frequently B2 deficient, so supplementing your body this vitamin can be incredibly helpful in migraine prevention. Riboflavin is generally well tolerated, affordable, and will make you feel better. In the study, of people who took Riboflavin for the 3 month trial, 59% reported decrease in migraine symptoms by at least 50%. However, riboflavin has been shown to interact with some medications like antidepressants and some cancer drugs, so be sure to check with your doctor first!
(5) Schoenen J, Jacquy J, Lenaerts M. Effectiveness of high-dose riboflavin in migraine prophylaxis. A randomized controlled trial. Neurology. 1998 Feb;50(2):466-70. doi: 10.1212/wnl.50.2.466. PMID: 9484373.
(6)Wolff, A. (2020, April 5). The Best Magnesium Supplements for Migraine. The Dizzy Cook. https://thedizzycook.com/magnesium-supplements-explained-which-one-is-best-for-vestibular-migraine/.