Study Discovers Link Between Migraines and Vitamin Deficiencies

Newsweek reports about a recent study regarding vitamin deficiencies and migraine. The study’s results were revealed during the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society  and found that people with migraines were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.


In a study on children, teens and young adults, the researchers found migraineurs (people who suffer from frequent migraine headaches) were much more likely to have mildly lower levels of vitamin D, riboflavin (B-2) and coenzyme Q10 (a naturally occurring, vitamin-like enzyme made by the body). All of these vitamins are needed for the mitochondria, the energy production centers of our cells, to function properly. “Deficient function, possibly through vitamin deficiency or over-utilization of vitamins, may put the migraineur at increased risk of energy deficiency,” says Dr. Andrew Hershey, director of the Migraine Center at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and one of the researchers working on the project.


Hershey says the study adds to an ongoing observation that a significant number of people with migraines have lower levels of these vitamins. However, this trend is not seen in all patients across the board.


Read the full article at Newsweek.

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