If you have ever had a migraine you know that it likely will ruin your entire day. As if the throbbing pain on either (or both!) sides of your brain is not enough, there are plenty of other side effects or stages you may experience. Sometimes you will not be able to see right in front of your face, other times you might want to throw up, or you may lose feeling in your hands and feet. Overall, seeing light hurts, hearing sound hurts and smelling smells can also hurt.
Today, twenty-five percent of households have someone living amongst them that suffer from migraines. Neither child, woman nor man is immune to migraines. Ten percent of school-age children, eighteen percent of women and six percent of men experience migraines. If your mom or dad suffers from migraines, you have a much higher chance of experiencing them yourself, as it is often genetic.
So, What Gives?
How can we stop falling victim to these unwanted migraine attacks at any hour of the day? The answer is not entirely unclear. Remember science class in middle school? We learned about cells, specifically the mitochondrion (the powerhouse of the cell). When it is not functioning correctly, it is extremely hard for the rest of your body (including your brain!) to function properly.
The production of energy by the mitochondria is sustained by coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). If there is a CoQ10 deficiency, then the mitochondrial energy stores of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) are not easily maintained. This is a problem because functioning properly, the mitochondrial energy is responsible for growth, healing and many other biological processes that help the body perform optimally (especially in times of stress!). When the energy flow is disrupted, then life itself is disrupted with a higher chance of unwanted health effects, disorders and to stay on subject, migraines.
A deficiency in the mineral magnesium has also been linked to migraine development. Magnesium plays a role in hundreds of biological processes, including ATP production and function, glucose metabolism and controlling blood flow. ATP is commonly known as the “molecular currency” between cells. If energy cannot be stored and transferred, the body’s processes will begin to break down and can become life-threatening. So, where does the energy that ATP is transferring come from? Glucose metabolism, the breakdown of our food into energy, is a major contributor. A magnesium deficiency can lead to poorly functioning processes within the body because of its importance in these essential functions.
Could CoQ10 & Magnesium Support Your Migraine Development?
Supplementation is a great way to get both CoQ10 and magnesium into your body on a consistent basis if you aren’t getting enough through diet alone. Taking CoQ10 is recommended because of its role in energy production in your body. Magnesium can be taken at any time of the day, but it can also help with relaxation, and many enjoy taking it before bed to aid in a good night’s rest. It is recommended that you consult your doctor or migraine specialist before starting any supplementation.