Don’t just grin and bear migraine pain.

Works for nearly everyone: A very low-fat diet


It is possible to find migraine remedies within your diet. In an study published in the journal of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Disease, participants followed an extremely low-fat diet (where less than 10-15 percent of their calories came from fat each day) for 12 weeks. At the end, nearly all reported having at least 40 percent fewer headaches. When they did experience pain, it was 66 percent less severe, and the migraines were about 70 percent shorter. That said, other research and studies also show there might not be as much of a significant difference in migraine relief between low-fat and moderate-fat dieters. Other diets could also potentially work well including low-carb or omega-3-rich diets, per the National Headache Foundation.

Works for most: Vitamin B, feverfew, melatonin, butterbur

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Vitamin B2: A Belgian study found that 60 percent of people who took 400 milligrams of this vitamin everyday had half their usual number of migraines.
Feverfew: This popular herb offers “mild and transient” benefits, according to British researchers, but in a recent study of a feverfew extract containing a consistent level of parthenolide, migraines were reduced from 5 per month to 3. Further research shows there is conflicting evidence on the effectiveness of this herb.
Melatonin: Two-thirds of study participants who took melatonin before going to bed every night for 3 months said the number of migraines they experienced dropped by 50 percent.
Butterbur-based remedies: One expert calls these “the best safety-tested herbal to date for the treatment of headache.” According to the journal Neurology, 68 percent of those who took a butterbur product called Petadolex saw the number of migraines they experienced drop by 50 percent. Check out these 10 other natural headache remedies worth trying.

Works for mild migraines: OTC pain relievers


If your attacks don’t keep you from your everyday activities, and you experience vomiting once in every five attacks or less, then inexpensive over-the-counter pills like aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen may act as migraine remedies. OTC products that contain a blend of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine were found to relieve pain 20 minutes faster than ibuprofen.