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Is there a link between gut health and migraines?

Migraine and gut health could be connected, according to a growing body of research. So what lies behind this link and can improving your intestinal health improve migraine symptoms?

Could taking a probiotic supplement improve the symptoms of migraine? That was the question posed by researchers at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, who completed the first successful trial on the subject last year. Their study, published in the headache journal Cephalagia, returned a tentative ‘yes’ as the answer.

The researchers took 100 migraine sufferers, and gave them either a placebo or a probiotic supplement every day. After 8-10 weeks, the probiotic group had seen improvements in migraine frequency and intensity. Compared to those taking a placebo, the number of attacks had dropped by 40-45%.

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