Deficiency of magnesium in migraine sufferers.
The purpose of the study was to determine if migraine sufferers have a deficiency of magnesium. Twenty patients with migraine and twenty patients who did not suffer from migraine or any kind of headache were given a very high dosage of magnesium, 3000 mg, over a period of 24 hours. This was done to determine if patients with migraine had a magnesium deficiency and if magnesium, therefore, would be an effective treatment for migraine.
The levels of magnesium in patients were determined by testing their blood and from urine samples. There was no significant difference in the initial amount of magnesium in the blood and urine of both groups.
After 24 hours their urine and blood magnesium was tested again, and it was found that the patients with migraine had less magnesium in their urine compared to the group that had never suffered from migraine. The levels of magnesium in the blood were not found to differ between the two groups.
This, therefore, indicated that patients with migraine have a deficiency of magnesium in their system, as much of it is was retained by the body in the migraine sufferers. It also shows that magnesium may be an effective method to treat patients with migraine.
View the original migraine and magnesium study at this link: Oral Magnesium Load Test in Patients With Migraine