Migraine headache patients are often deficient in vitamins D, B2, folate, and CoQ10.

Researchers May Have Found the Real Cause of Migraines (And a Simple Fix)

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Exciting new research may have unlocked a major cause of migraines. And the end to these excruciating headaches could be as simple as taking the proper vitamins.

Researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that a high percentage of migraine sufferers are deficient in four nutrients. They are vitamins D and B2 (riboflavin), folate, and coenzyme Q10.1

Scientists measured blood levels of the vitamins in over 4,500 young migraine sufferers.2 They found that deficiencies of all four nutrients were common:

  • 41% were low in riboflavin.
  • 63% were low in folate.
  • 71% were low in CoQ10.
  • 89% were low in vitamin D.

The study did not go a step further and test if supplements of these vitamins stop migraines. But researchers said they believe headache patients would benefit from taking them.

Scientists say the vitamins improve “neuronal homeostasis.” This is the process by which the brain’s neural pathways remain stable. When these pathways are disrupted, migraines can result.3

The new study was presented at the American Headache Society’s recent annual meeting in San Diego.

These 4 Vitamins May End Migraine Suffering

Rather than supplementing all four nutrients individually, it may be more convenient to take a multivitamin.

Make sure it contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 50 mgs.4
  • Folate (vitamin B9): 400 mcg.5
  • CoQ10: 90 mgs.6
  • Vitamin D: 2,000 IU.7

For a child suffering migraines, check with their pediatrician before starting supplementation.

And don’t settle for the low-quality multivitamins sold at most drugstores. They can be full of impurities. Instead, opt for wholefood-sourced vitamins. They are available at health food stores or online. One brand we recommend is Alive! by Nature’s Way.

In Good Health,

Angela Salerno
Executive Director, INH Health Watch

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References:
1https://consumer.healthday.com/head-and-neck-information-17/migraine-news-477/vitamin-deficiencies-might-fuel-migraines-in-young-patients-711780.html
2http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1111/head.12832
3http://nhv.us/content/56996-study-team-finds-link-between-vitamin-deficiency-and-migraine
4http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02761/vitamin-b2
5http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02809/vitamin-b9-folate.html
6http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03367/Coenzyme-Q10-CoQ10.html
7http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02812/vitamin-d

Comments

  1. CoQ10 really works for migraines. My cousin’s neurologist recommended myoqinon ubiquinone for debilitating migraines. She takes 400mg a day and is completely free of the migraines that forced her leave her full-time job. There are so many awful products out there. Don’t waste your money on ubiquinol (why pay extra when the body converts it to ubiquinone in intestines prior to absorption), powdered CoQ10 products or a non pharmaceutical-grade product.

  2. my husband suffered with migraines. We changed his diet. took out diary and less red meat. headaches went away. He now takes a multi vitamin as well. No headaches. I would suggest you look for a multi vitamin that is rated high. The one recommended by the author is only rated 3 out of 5. Check the Nutrisearch comparative guide to nutritional supplements to see which ones are rated over 3.

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