A new study has found a high percentage of young adults, teens and children who experience migraine headaches appear to have deficiencies in certain nutrients like Co Enzyme Q10, riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and Vitamin D.
A database which included patients with migraines was the basis of this study. Blood levels for these 3 nutrients (Co Q10, Vitamin D, Vitamin B2 and folate) were checked at the beginning of the study. All four of these nutrients were implicated to some degree in prior studies to be associated with migraines. Because many participants were placed on preventive migraine medications in addition to receiving vitamins supplementation researchers were not able to say that the vitamins alone were effective in preventing migraines.
However, it was determined that young women and girls were more likely to have Co Q10 deficiencies than young men and boys. But, young men and boys were more likely than young women and girls to have Vitamin D deficiencies. Patients with chronic migraines were more likely to have Vitamin B2 and Co Q10 deficiencies than patients who only had occasional migraines. Previous studies have shown that vitamin deficiencies may play a role in the whole migraine headache process.
Further studies are needed to see if vitamin supplementation alone is effective in treating migraine patients in general and whether a person with a mild vitamin deficiency will benefit more from vitamin supplementation than a person with a higher deficiency.
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