2007 -2009 Undergraduate Research in Nutrition and Food Science
Background: Over 90% of adults will come in contact with headache pain at least once during their lifetime, often on a regular basis. Several factors can contribute to migraine pain such as food, bright lights, stress, and changes in ones sleep pattern. The nutrient that has been shown to prevent migraines is Magnesium (Mg).
Methods: The relationship between magnesium levels in migraine sufferers was observed in 50 migraine-suffering college students at the University of Kentucky. Each participant was asked to complete a survey asking how often they suffered from migraines, the severity, general triggers, if they were consuming a magnesium supplement, and their stress and its severity.
Results: Out of 50 participants, only 5.5% were currently taking a magnesium supplement. As well, 42% of participants felt like they were stressed 3-4 times a week. .02% of the 50 participants said they suffered from migraines 1 time a week, .04% said they suffered 1 to 2 times a week and 3 to 4 times a week, 14% experiences a migraine 1 time a month, 32% suffers from a migraine 1 to times a month, and 44% stated they suffered 1 time every couple of months.
Conclusions: Because there are so many unknown variables when it comes to migraine patients many studies still need to be conducted on migraines and surrounding factors.