Migrastil contains four all natural ingredients that clinical studies have shown to reduce the frequency and/or severity of migraines. Those ingredients are magnesium, taurine, feverfew, and thiamine (vitamin B1).
Migrastil’s four ingredients work to stabilize your blood vessels and keep your brain cells humming along in a healthy state.
Migraine sufferers often have lower magnesium levels than people who don’t and several scientific studies have shown it to be an effective preventative. Whole books have been written about stopping migraines with this wonderful mineral. In some emergency rooms, acute migraines are even treated with intravenous magnesium. For many people just adding magnesium to their diet is enough to seriously reduce their migraines.
Magnesium helps prevent migraines in several ways. You will remember that excessive electrical activity in brain cells is one of the main causes of migraines. Magnesium helps calm this excessive activity so that your brain cells function normally. It does this by balancing the calcium in neurons which cause electrical firing.
It also helps the mitochondria (cellular power factories) in your neurons function properly.
Additionally, magnesium relaxes the blood vessels preventing the initial constriction that marks the beginning of a migraine attack. This has the added benefit of helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
If that wasn’t enough, this awesome mineral also counteracts stress and relaxes your body. Some people find they sleep better when they increase their magnesium intake. As we will discuss a little later, reduced stress and better sleep are both very helpful in preventing migraines.
Magnesium’s main possible side effect is diarrhea. This side effect, if it occurs, will likely go away as your body adjusts to getting increased magnesium. Taking it with food can also help to avoid upset stomach.
Taurine is an amino acid often used for stress and anxiety relief. This is because taurine acts very effectively to support normal neurological function. Migraines start with electrical misfiring in the brain. Taurine acts as a brake on these excessive electric al impulses. Think of taurine as a tune-up for your brain that keeps all of its cylinders firing in time.
Feverfew has been used as a folk remedy for migraines for a very long time and recent clinical studies confirm its effectiveness. It is generally safe, but as with the other substances listed here, consult your doctor before using. Do not take feverfew if you are pregnant as it can cause contractions. It should also be avoided if you take blood thinners.
The feverfew plant contains a substance called parthenolide that acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. This can prevent the spasms is your blood vessels that are associated with the intense head and sometimes neck pain of migraines. Feverfew also inhibits the release of histamine in your body. This is helpful because histamines have been linked to migraine attacks.
If that wasn’t enough, feverfew also acts like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium to reduce pain.
Rarely, people experience digestive discomfort when starting feverfew. Like with magnesium, taking it with food can alleviate this side effect. One caution: If you take feverfew regularly, don’t stop all at once. Taper off over the course of a week or two or you might experience rebound headaches.
Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
Vitamin B1, also known as the “stress vitamin” for its ability to help the body withstand stress was the first B vitamin discovered. It is a crucial vitamin for energy production in every cell in your body. By helping to make sure that your brain cells are “well-fed” and have all the energy they need, vitamin B1 helps your neurons maintain their normal balance and prevent the electrical misfiring among brain cells that begins a migraine attack.