Not too long ago, I saw a fellow migraine patient Tweeting about how much Boost Oxygen had helped her and her son with their migraines. Of course, that caught my attention, so I decided to investigate.
There’s been some research on the use of oxygen for cluster headaches, and oxygen via a mask is one of few things that successfully relieve cluster headaches. There hasn’t, however, been much in the way of that kind of research on migraine and oxygen. Still, given that someone I know and her son were having good experiences, I decided to try Boost Oxygen myself.
What Is Boost Oxygen?
Boost Oxygen is 95 percent pure oxygen that comes in two different sized portable cannisters pictured here. The other five percent is simply ambient air. Boost Oxygen was first researched to fight altitude sickness, then aerobic recovery in sports. Many professional athletes including football and hockey players and speed skaters use supplemental oxygen to fight muscle fatigue and cramping and poor performance. Their issue is that, during strenuous physical activity, people exhale more carbon dioxide than the amount of oxygen the take in. Using supplemental oxygen facilitates faster recovery from strenuous physical activity and helping achieve peak muscle and mental performance.
When it comes to health, maximizing oxygen intake relaxes muscles and reduces stress while helping with mental clarity and physical recovery. The video below lets us see the cannisters with someone holding them, so you can get a good idea of their size. It also discusses how many inhalations you get from a cannister:My Experience with Boost Oxygen:Boost Oxygen has not successfully aborted any of my migraine attacks. That doesn't, however, mean that I haven't found it helpful. I've found it helpful in several ways:*Boost Oxygen has helped reduce the nausea I have during migraine attacks.*It has helped calm the feelings of anxiety and depression I often experience during migraines.*It helps me relax and rest while waiting for my acute migraine treatments to work.I've tried the natural Boost Oxygen as well as the three "flavors" - Pink Grapefruit, Peppermint, and Menthol-Eucalyptus. Overall, Boost Oxygen helps me enough with symptomatic relief and [comfort](http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/cf/slideshows/non-medicinal-migraine-relief) while waiting for my treatments to kick in that I've added it to my [migraine attack pack](http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/cf/slideshows/building-your-migraine-attack-pack?ap=419) and will be keeping it there. Neither of the canisters is prohibitively large, and both are extremely lightweight.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Boost Oxygen and have received no compensation or consideration from them. I purchased Boost Oxygen for my personal use and this review.
**Reviewed by David Watson, MD.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.