May 12, 2022

How Turmeric Works Its Magic On Migraines

How Turmeric Works Its Magic On Migraines
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Migraine is a debilitating headache accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sometimes blurred vision. It can be treated with medicines, supplements, and natural remedies.

One such supplement is curcumin, the active compound in the popular spice- turmeric. Turmeric is used extensively in cooking and is effective for treating migraines. It has an active ingredient named curcumin that helps relieve pain. 

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that directly provides pain relief in people with migraine. There is only 3.14% curcumin in turmeric per dose. So, sometimes a supplement is required to fulfill your recommended daily need. 

How Does Turmeric Help To Cure Migraines?

The curcumin in turmeric can reduce the symptoms of migraine in the following ways:

  • Its anti-inflammatory properties can provide pain relief without addictive effects
  • It helps to neutralize the oxidative stress in the body
  • It increases the antioxidant capacity
  • It has shown excellent results in improving brain function
  • It has shown positive effects in reducing brain fog 
  • It reduces histamine response through increased blood circulation

How Does Curcumin Help Relieve Migraine?

Some studies suggest that curcumin in turmeric can benefit those with migraine headaches. A study done in 2019 found that a combination of curcumin and coenzyme Q10 supplements helped people reduce the severity and duration of migraines. Another 2018 research showed that taking curcumin supplements with omega-3 fatty acids reduced the number of occurrences and the severity of migraines.

While the above studies show that curcumin helps cut down the number of migraine attacks, their duration, and severity, it is usually taken along with another supplement. There needs to be more research done to understand if curcumin as a stand-alone supplement can effectively treat migraines.

The Recommended Dose Of Turmeric

The bioavailability of turmeric in our body is low compared to other spices. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of turmeric is eight grams per day. There is still no standard dose of turmeric to cure migraine, but eight grams might help. Turmeric can be consumed as a whole herb or as a supplement. It soothes migraine and prevents migraine attacks from occurring again. 

Tips For Increasing The Absorption Of Turmeric

Turmeric is a herb that passes quickly through the digestive tract. Due to this, it doesn't get enough time for absorption in the bloodstream. So, you can follow the below-mentioned methods to increase the extent of absorption.

Have a detailed look at your supplement and choose the one having black pepper, cayenne pepper, or chili powder. Black pepper has an active ingredient called piperine that gives an anti-inflammatory action in the body. This ingredient helps boost the absorption of curcumin in the body, which is the main ingredient of turmeric.

Curcumin is a fat-soluble compound requiring a healthy fatty meal to get digested. You can consume it with a meal having olive oil, ghee, or with an omega-fatty acid supplement to increase its absorption. 

Ways To Consume Turmeric 

Turmeric can be consumed through diet in the form of spice and as a supplement too. Turmeric gives a pungent smell, and people do not feel it is pleasing to ingest properly. You can consume turmeric in many ways in combination with your diet. 

  • Turmeric Tea

Turmeric produces a strong aroma and pungent smell, and often people do not like its direct intake. You can make turmeric tea and can ingest it to avoid such situations. There are many ready-to-made turmeric tea bags available on the market. You can choose the one for taking its daily dose.

  • Golden Milk

Turmeric produces a golden color in the form of herb or powder. You can incorporate it into warm milk and consume it in the form of golden milk. Golden milk, also known as turmeric latte, is a drink made up of turmeric spice. All you need is warm milk in which you can add turmeric along with black pepper, ground ginger, and honey for taste. This golden tea has produced wonders in curing migraine and other inflammatory diseases.

  • Turmeric Balm

Turmeric balms are also helpful if you feel any pain around the joints or neck region. Balms are pastes made up of curing ingredients and are applied to the areas of the body where pain and inflammation occur. The warming properties of turmeric help relieve painful attacks.

  • Supplemental Form

If natural turmeric does not meet your body's requirements, you can switch to using the supplemental form of turmeric. Turmeric supplements are also available that contain its magic ingredient called curcumin. You can consume supplements after consulting your doctor. It is not good to consume supplements without any prescription. There are many brands available in the market that offer turmeric supplements. You can choose one according to your desire.

The Dietary And Supplemental Forms Of Turmeric

Along with treating migraine, turmeric has also proven its benefits for treating other diseases. It holds anti-inflammatory properties and helps control inflammation in the body. 

Inflammation is the foremost cause of joint pains and swelling. If we control inflammation, then you can cure joint pain fast. It is better to consume turmeric in a diet form as it is the most convenient and safe method. You can also switch to its supplemental form, but the chances of side effects increase if you use such supplements for long. Look for the products according to their bioavailability.


From the above discussion, we can say that turmeric holds all the wonder for curing the prevailing condition of migraines and inflammation, and other diseases. It is a valuable herb that has proven effective working through its magic ingredient, curcumin. It is better to keep a tab on its dosage as side effects are common after a high dosage. 

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