Migraines May be Associated with Low Vitamin Levels
Researchers are unclear about what causes migraines but conflicting studies suggest that low levels of certain vitamins may play a role. A recent study suggests that children, teens, and young adults who suffer from migraines may be more likely to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.
The researchers examined data from a database containing patients with migraines who also had baseline blood levels checked for vitamin D, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10, and folate. A number of the patients were put both on preventative migraine medications and received vitamin supplementation if their levels were determined to be low. Only a small number received vitamins alone, making it hard to determine if vitamins are effective in preventing migraines.
The researchers found that girls and young women were more likely than boys and young men to have coenzyme Q10 deficiencies at the onset of the study. The boys and young men, on the other hand, were more likely to have to vitamin D deficiencies. The researchers were unable to determine folate deficiencies in either gender but did find that the ones with chronic migraines were more likely to have coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin deficiencies than those with episodic migraines.
Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center conducted the study. It was presented on June 10 at the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society in San Diego.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin damage, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.
Riboflavin is more commonly used as an energy booster in sports drinks, but its antioxidant properties have also been linked to helping the body build better and stronger tissue, improving immune system health, and even enhancing feelings of well being. Riboflavin can be found in liver, egg yolk, milk, and meat.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that fuels the pumping of blood to and from the heart, and protects cells from being damaged and destroyed. Previous studies have linked CoQ10 with improved cognitive health and reversing the effects of aging.
After the age of 20 our bodies become less capable of naturally producing CoQ10. If you want to increase your CoQ10 intake, try adding oily fish, organ meats such as liver and hearts, and whole grains to your diet. You might also consider a high quality, high potency supplement. Be sure to choose a supplement that is made with ubiquinol rather than ubiquinone.