Vitamin Deficiencies Could Be A Reason Behind Migraine, Study Suggests


The term migraine is often very loosely used whenever someone contracts an unbearable headache. What many people fail to understand is the fact that not every headache is a migraine headache. The severity of a migraine is indescribable, something only the ones suffering can relate to. But, could you ever imagine the vitamin deficiencies being one of the possible reasons behind migraine?

A new study (R) conducted by the researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center stated that people suffering from migraine have a tendency of having vitamin deficiencies. A high percentage of children, teens and even young adults have been found to have milder deficiencies of Vitamin D, riboflavin and even coenzyme Q10 which is technically not a vitamin but a Vitamin like substance found in the body that is responsible for cell growth as well as maintenance.

While there is no concrete and absolute evidence if or not the same is evident only because of migraine, the conclusions do insinuate the same effectively being linked together. The lead author of the study and MD, a Headache Medicine fellow in the division of Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Suzzane Hagler stated saying that they need to conduct further in-depth studies to deduce whether or not vitamin supplementation will be effective in the migraine patients or not. They want to establish whether or not the process of supplementation will be enough for the ones suffering from mild vitamin deficiencies along with migraine.

Dr Hagler and her colleagues conducted the study extensively on the migraine patients at the Cincinnati Children’s Headache Center of the hospital. The findings were successfully presented on June 10, 2018 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society in San Diego.

The study shaped up and paved its way to prominence following finding the database including all the necessary details about the patients suffering from migraine. According to the data provided by the Headache centre practice, the patients has their baseline blood levels checked out for the levels of Vitamin D, riboflavin, folate and coenzyme Q10.

All of these vitamins and essentials nutrients have been linked to migraine and its course of impact since way back in other studies and research papers. During the study, majority of the patients were put on a migraine preventive medication while they also simultaneously received vitamin supplementation to check for any kind of changes. Since a few of them just received the vitamin supplementation, it became hard to deduce whether or not the supplementation was actually beneficial in treating the migraine.

Dr Hagler further found that the girls and women had a higher affinity of developing coenzyme Q10 deficiency in comparison to the men. On the other hand, boys and men were found to have a higher affinity of having Vitamin D deficiency. The aspects concerning folate deficiency is still unclear.

They further found that the patients suffering from the chronic migraine have an affinity of developing coenzyme Q10 as well as riboflavin deficiencies while the ones suffering from episodic migraines have lesser tendencies of developing the same.

There have been previous studies insinuating the connection between vitamin deficiencies with the in-depth migraine process. There needs to be more extensive studies to find out the possible link between the same and to establish a proper relationship between the two for further knowledge.