The Link between Migraines and Vitamin Deficiencies

August 29, 2016
Migraines & Vitamin Deficiencies

Millions of people suffer from migraines; however, we still know very little about what causes these debilitating attacks. Over the years, researchers have conducted numerous studies that have pointed toward several potential causes, including genetics and possible environmental factors. Now, a recent study may have shed new light onto what causes migraines for at least some people.
Vitamin Deficiency and Migraines
According to a recent study, a high percentage of migraine sufferers have mild vitamin deficiencies which could contribute to their attacks. Conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the research centered on data related to numerous children, teens and young adults who all suffered from migraines. After poring over the database, researchers found that a large percentage of these patients also had deficiencies in riboflavin, vitamin D and coenzyme Q10, a vitamin-like substance used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.
What Do the Findings Mean?
Past research has also implicated vitamin deficiencies in the migraine process; however, these same studies showed conflicting success, when it came to preventing migraines using vitamins. Right now, more research is needed to determine whether supplementation is an appropriate strategy for preventing migraine attacks.
What You Can Do in the Meantime
While there's no definitive proof that vitamin deficiencies directly cause migraines in certain individuals, there is reason to believe that diet can play a significant role. Research has shown that certain types of food can trigger attacks in some people. The most common culprits appear to be cured meats, aged cheeses, chocolate and food additives, such as MSG, nitrates and nitrites. A range of other foods may also cause migraines in some people, so it's important to keep a food journal to help identify problematic foods.
You should also eat a well-balanced diet, rich in leafy vegetables and colorful fruits. If vitamins do play a role in migraine attacks, a well-rounded diet is the best way to ensure that you are not deficient.

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