Migraines and vitamin deficiencies

Research has 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.

Suzanne Hagler, MD, a Headache Medicine fellow in the division of Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and lead author of the study, drew from a database that included patients with migraines.

According to Headache Center practice, these patients had baseline blood levels checked for vitamin D, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10 and folate, all of which were implicated in migraines, to some degree, by previous and sometimes conflicting studies.

Many were put on preventive migraine medications and received vitamin supplementation, if levels were low. Because few received vitamins alone, the researchers were unable to determine vitamin effectiveness in preventing migraines.

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Women more prone to coenzyme Q10 deficiencies

The research found that patients with chronic migraines were more likely to have coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin deficiencies than those with episodic migraines.

Dr Hagler found that girls and young woman were more likely than boys and young men to have coenzyme Q10 deficiencies at baseline. Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.

Boys and young men were more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. It was unclear whether there were folate deficiencies.

“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,” says Dr Hagler.

Source: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center via Sciencedaily.com

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