Suffering from migraines? It is best to get your vitamin deficiency checked, claims a new study.
Migraines are headaches that occur on one side of the brain. Though stress and other lifestyle factors have been linked to increase the incidence of migraines, a new study conducted by experts at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center showed that vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to it.
‘Deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 can lead to chronic migraine attacks.’
Researchers analyzed migraine patients who were kids and youngsters. They found that many of these participants had mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 by conducting blood tests.
Vitamin D called as the sunshine vitamin is necessary for bone growth. Riboflavin or vitamin B2 helps in regeneration of red blood cells and coenzyme Q10 converts fats and sugars into energy.
Deficiency of these important vitamins may trigger migraine headaches, and the patients were given these vitamin supplements to check whether it had any impact on their migraines. But they were unable to determine the effectiveness of vitamins in preventing migraines.
But they found that girls and young women were more likely to be deficient in the coenzyme Q10 than boys and young men. While the boys and young men were found to be more likely deficient in vitamin D.
"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," said Suzanne Hagler, lead author of the study.