Supplements and Natural Alternatives

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Key Questions
  • What are some examples of non-pharmacological options if someone is interested in a more natural way to manage their migraine?
  • Should everyone with migraine be taking some form of natural supplement?
  • Why are most people deficient in vitamins and minerals?
  • Would supplements be a good choice even if you have a very healthy diet?
  • Why are some physicians not prone to recommend supplements?
  • What supplements are often recommended for migraine patients?
  • Why is magnesium such a popular supplement for those with migraine?
  • What are some indications that you are deficient in magnesium?
  • What form and dosage of magnesium is usually recommended for migraine patients?
  • How do you know if a certain brand of supplement is reputable?
  • Are any supplements harmful if you are pregnant?
  • Are there certain circumstances where supplements would not be advised?
Interview Notes
Alexander Mauskop

Alexander Mauskop, MD

Director, Founder and Headache Specialist
New York Headache Center

Dr. Alexander Mauskop is director and founder of the New York Headache Center. He is board-certified in neurology with subspecialty certification in headache medicine. Dr. Mauskop is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, American Headache Society, and New York Academy of Medicine. He is a professor of clinical neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has more than 50 publications, abstracts and reviews and has delivered more than 500 presentations & lectures in the field of headache over the past 30 years.

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