Migraine Prevention: Ginger

Migraine Prevention: Ginger

Ginger is effective at stopping migraines and may also be a powerful migraine preventive.

For instructions on exactly how much ginger to take, read this post.

Ten reasons why ginger kills migraines:

1. Ginger (250 mg) was found in a 2014 study of 100 patients to be just as effective as Sumatriptan at immediately stopping migraines.

Ginger, however, did not come with the serious side effects that triptans have (study link).

2. A 2011 study found that a mixture of ginger and feverfew could produce significant migraine relief in 63 percent of 208 patients within two hours—wow (study link).

The study was based on a 2005 migraine study in which 48 percent of patients became pain free and another 34 percent of patients reduced their migraines to only mild headaches after ingesting ginger and feverfew (study link).

3. Breakthrough research from July of 2016 found that ginger significantly reduces a peptide called CGRP (study link).

CGRP is associated with triggering migraines and the next-generation migraine drug blocks this peptide (study link).

Why block CGRP when ginger can prevent it from being released in the first place?

4. Ginger is well documented for reducing oxidative stress (study link).

Migraine sufferers have elevated levels of oxidative stress and oxidative stress is the largest migraine trigger (study 1, 2).

5. Ginger reduces nitric oxide and inflammation in osteoarthritis patients as much as pain medications (study 1, 2, 3).

Inflammation is associated with migraines and anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat migraines (study link).

High levels of nitric oxide are also associated with migraines (study link).

6. New research shows that ginger may have an anti-seizure effect (study 1, 2).

Migraines and epilepsy share excitotoxicity pathways, which involves increases in the migraine trigger glutamate.

Epilepsy doubles migraine risk (study link).

7. In a study of 41 diabetic patients, two grams of ginger powder per day lowered blood sugar levels and decreased risk factors for heart disease (study link).

Migraines may double the risk of a heart attack and are associated with diabetes (study 1, 2).

8. Ginger is associated with improved cognition in middle-aged women and is being researched for the development of new Alzheimer’s drugs (study 1, 2).

One study found that migraine more than tripled the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (study link).

9. Ginger reduces menstrual symptoms as much as medication (study link).

According to the Cleveland Clinic, up to 70 percent of female migraineurs report a menstrual relationship to their migraine attacks (article link).

It is possible that ginger will help the underlying problem.

10. Ginger has a long history of reducing nausea and indigestion (study 1, 2).

In some cases, ginger is as strong as prescription medications (study link).

Treating nausea will directly treat migraine symptoms and reducing gut inflammation will also prevent future migraines (article link).

Ginger is an ancient Chinese remedy for migraines and new research shows that ginger may be one of the most powerful ways to treat and prevent migraines.

It’s amazing that we have all this research on ginger.

It costs pennies to produce and is successfully competing with multibillion-dollar migraine medications—and beating them.

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