When I was young, I watched my big sister struggle with the severe pain of migraines. These were not your normal headaches. She would go for days where she could not leave her darkened bedroom. Although the doctor was able to prescribe medication to prevent her migraine attacks, nothing ever really controlled them completely. Although she still gets a migraine headache every now in then, today her headaches are pretty much under control.

I attribute her dramatic turn around to the fact that some years back she ran across a nutritionist who was also into natural health. She showed my sister that by eating certain food and staying away from others that she could greatly decrease the rate that she had migraines. Thanks to the fact that magnesium works to relax your blood vessels, my sister makes sure she gets enough magnesium in her diet every day. It was surprising to me to realize just how much your diet affects your over all health. Science has proven that a diet rich in magnesium can help control migraines because it prevails dilation and constriction in your head.

If you suffer from migraines and are not getting a lot of magnesium in your diet, you may be able to reduce the frequency with which you get migraines simply by increasing the amount of magnesium that you consume. Since magnesium has been shown to help you sleep better and many people get migraines attacks when they do not get enough sleep, this is an added bonus. Quinoa is a great food to try because it is loaded with magnesium. If you have never eat quinoa, you should really give cooking quinoa a try. Not only will the magnesium content in quinoa help to control your headaches. A study that was in the European Journal of Neurology showed that the riboflavin content may also help control them. The frequency of migraine attacks was reduced by increasing the riboflavin consumption of the subjects of the study. The duration of migraine attacks was also shorter.

Quinoa offers many nutritional benefits in addition to helping to control headaches. It is even possible to enjoy quinoa if you have wheat intolerance. Quinoa is gluten free and is not a member of the grass family. Rather, it is a relative of spinach and beets. This makes it especially good for people that are struggling with food sensitivities. Why not give it a try today?