When it comes to a condition as overlooked as migraine, every new treatment feels like a breakthrough. But Cove Beam doesn’t just feel new, it is new: It’s the very first supplement to combine CoQ10, riboflavin, and magnesium—the most-researched supplements for migraine sufferers—in a daily powder packet.
We get that you may have a few questions about this one-of-a-kind treatment, so we spoke to Cove Medical Advisor and founder of the New York Headache Center. Dr. Alexander Mauskop to get the answers.
Interested in trying Beam? You can get started here.
What is Beam?
Beam is a natural migraine treatment that combines three supplements that have been shown in clinical research to be effective for migraine sufferers: riboflavin, CoQ10, and magnesium.
Why riboflavin, CoQ10, and magnesium?
Data shows that up to 50% of migraine sufferers are deficient in magnesium, and up to 30% may not be getting enough CoQ10. Deficiency rates for riboflavin aren’t as well-studied, but clinical trials for all three ingredients show that they can prevent migraine attacks for some sufferers.
Is there scientific evidence that Beam works?
Beam is a brand new migraine treatment, so it hasn’t been studied yet. But there is a strong record of evidence that riboflavin, CoQ10, and magnesium can reduce migraine frequency and severity separately, but work even better when combined.
What role did you play in Beam’s development?
I chose the active ingredients in Beam and worked with the Cove team to determine the most effective formulation and dosages.
How do I know if supplements are a good fit for me?
If you’re deficient in one of the nutrients in Beam, taking a supplement could be even more effective than a prescription medication. But what if you don’t know if you’re getting enough of these ingredients? Well, the data shows that these particular vitamin deficiencies are very common among migraine sufferers, and supplements cause very few side effects, so there’s no reason not to try it and see if it works for you.
Why should I take Beam instead of just taking those supplements separately?
It might sound silly, but convenience is a very important factor. Research shows that people are less likely to stick with a treatment plan if they have to take multiple pills at once, or have to take a treatment more than once a day.
Beam makes it easy to get a safe and effective dose of all three of these important nutrients in one daily serving. When you consider that you’d have to take four pills to get the same amount of magnesium that Beam contains, not to mention the other ingredients, it really makes a difference.
Also, some studies suggest that powder supplements are easier for your body to absorb than solid tablets.
What’s the best way to take Beam? Do I need to take it with food?
To take Beam, just empty one packet of powder into eight ounces of any liquid and drink. Supplements tend to be better absorbed by the body and less likely to cause an upset stomach if you take them with food, but it isn’t mandatory. Likewise, you can mix Beam with any liquid, but water is best because hydration is so important for migraine sufferers.
Do I need to take Beam every day? What if I miss a dose?
It’s definitely more likely to work for you if you take it every single day, and it’s a great reminder to have a glass of water every morning! If you miss a dose, don’t take two packets at once unless directed by your doctor. Instead, take an extra dose with your next meal. For example, if you usually take Beam every night but forget, the next day you could take one packet with breakfast and then a second one with dinner.
How long does it take to know if Beam is working for me?
For some people, supplements can start to work within days, but for most people it’ll take 3-8 weeks for Beam to reach its maximum efficacy.
What happens if I stop taking Beam? Will I get more migraine attacks?
Many people do go back to their previous attack frequency, but it usually takes a while for that to happen. That’s because the nutrients get stored in your cells as you take the supplements, and it can take weeks or months for that stockpile to run out once you stop. But, unlike some prescription medication, there’s no danger in suddenly stopping supplements.
Does Beam have any side effects?
Beam can cause mild side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, discolored urine, and stomach cramps.
Can Beam interact poorly with any of my other medications?
Talk to your doctor before trying Beam if you take gabapentin, because magnesium can make gabapentin less effective. As far as we know, no other medications interact with Beam.
Should certain people not take Beam?
Don’t take Beam if you’re pregnant or nursing, have severe kidney disease, or are allergic to any of its inactive ingredients. Some people are sensitive to Stevia in particular.
And there you have it—everything you ever wanted to know about Beam, in the words of an expert. If you’re ready to start treating your migraine naturally, you can get started here. Beam is an over-the-counter treatment, so you don’t need a prescription to get started.
Want to do a little more research first? Check out our guide to supplements for migraine.
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely upon the content provided in this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.