The average American diet provides less than half the daily requirement of magnesium, a mineral that regulates hundreds of enzyme functions. Headaches are one symptom of magnesium deficiency that may be exacerbated by excessive alcohol. This nutrient inhibits thickening of blood and clots that can lead to blood vessel spasms and the well-known hangover headache. It also relaxes head and neck muscles and works with vitamin C to break down alcohol and expel it from the body. Some experts call magnesium the “anti-stress mineral” because it can counteract alcohol’s nutrient-depleting effects. Magnesium citrate powder is one of the most convenient and absorbable forms of this nutrient. Mix it with cold or hot water to help alleviate hangover symptoms.
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