In an interesting study that could help solve the problem of migraine headaches, researchers have found that many children, teens and young adults who suffer from migraines are deficient in certain vitamins. . . .

The researchers found that migraine sufferers tended to be low in vitamin D, vitamin B2 and coenzyme Q10. Overall 42% of kids with migraines had B2 levels at or below the level at which supplements are recommended. 71% of kids with migraines had CoQ10 levels at or below supplementation levels and a full 91% had vitamin D levels at or below the level supplements are recommended.

The most likely ones to have a CoQ10 deficiency were girls and young women. Males were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D. CoQ10 and B2 deficiencies were more common in people with chronic migraines than in people with episodic migraines.

These results are especially interesting because previous research has shown that supplementing CoQ10 or B2 benefits migraine sufferers.

Research has shown that CoQ10 helps 95% of migraine sufferers. By the second or third month of using coenzyme Q10, people in one study had 60% fewer days with headaches. Nearly two thirds of them reduced their headache days by more than 50% (Cephalalgia 2002;22:137-41). In a second study, 100mg of coenzyme Q10 taken twice a day reduced the frequency of headaches significantly better than a placebo. Of the people taking coenzyme Q10, 47.6% had at least 50% fewer attacks, compared to only 14.4% of those taking a placebo (Neurology2005;64:713-15). These studies establish CoQ10 as a good preventer of migraine headaches.

At least 3 studies have shown vitamin B2’s power over migraines. The first two studies used the very large dose of 400mg. One found a two-thirds reduction in both frequency and severity (Cephalalgia 1994;14:328-29), and the other found that B2 cut the frequency of headaches in half in 59% of people, compared to only 15% of people given a placebo (Neurology 1998;50:466-70. For such a large dose to be effective, the B2 may need to be taken in several small doses throughout the day. A more recent study found that much smaller doses may do the trick. This preliminary 3 month study found that people who took only 25mg a day were able to reduce the frequency of headaches by a third in chronic migraine sufferers (Headache 2004;44:885-90).

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, news release, June 10, 2016

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