Further links between vitamins and migraines

New research strengthens the link between migraines and levels of certain vitamins.

A high percentage of young people who have migraines also appear to have vitamin deficiencies, according to new research about the debilitating neurological condition, which is still poorly understood. Nearly one in four U.S. households includes someone who suffers from the migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

Led by Suzanne Hagler, MD, a headache medicine fellow in the division of neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a team of scientists drew from a database of 7,420 patients with chronic migraines at the Cincinnati Children’s Headache Center where their vitamin D, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10 and folate had been tracked. Previous studies indicated that certain vitamins and vitamin deficiencies may be important in the migraine process and the researchers wanted to learn more about the link, according to a medical center release.

They found that a high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10. Fifty-one percent had average or below average levels of coenzyme Q10, 31 percent had below average vitamin D levels and 16 percent had below average levels of riboflavin.

"Further studies are needed to elucidate whether vitamin supplementation is effective in migraine patients in general, and whether patients with mild deficiency are more likely to benefit from supplementation," Hagler said in the release. She presented the results of the study at the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society in San Diego. On the other end of the spectrum, a recent clinical trial showed that essential oil of lavender may reduce migraine pain and symptoms by 72 percent.

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