Magnesium, Headaches, and Brain Health

How Magnesium Aids in the Treatment of Headaches, Overall Brain Function

Per Dr. Dennis Goodman M.D. in his book Magnificent Magnesium, many people who suffer from headaches are found to also lack sufficient magnesium. Dr. Goodman bases his information on research performed by Dr. Alexander Mauskop and his team at the New York Headache Center. Mauskop and his colleagues have shown that people with headaches (and even migraines) consistently have low magnesium levels.

Undeniably, stress is all around us and is difficult to avoid. Brain function is one key area that becomes affected by stress. Factors such as tension in your neck and upper back spreads to the dozen or so muscles of your scalp. Hence, adequate levels of magnesium can soothe the tension in those muscles. What does mean? Your brain gets a chance to relax!

Magnesium plays a crucial role in helping treat headaches and lays the foundation for relaxation. Here are some key ways that magnesium may maintain normal brain function:

▪Proper magnesium stores allows the blood vessels in the brain to stay normal and permits them to dilate.

▪Magnesium helps regulate the action of brain neurotransmitters and inflammatory substances, which may play a role in headaches when unbalanced.

▪Magnesium helps support and relax muscles and tension.

Be sure to visit our section on “Brain Health” on For additional educational information on how magnesium helps support brain health, please visit American Academy of Neurology® and American Academy of Family Physician