A study conducted by researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that many young migraine sufferers also have multiple vitamin deficiencies. Low levels of vitamin D, coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin were seen in many migraine patients at the hospital, based on an analysis of baseline blood results from the young patients at the hospital. These findings are of importance in the search for preventative migraine treatments, as previous studies have demonstrated a possible link between deficiencies in these vitamins and migraines. This research has generated interest in studying the potential benefits of vitamin supplementation in those with migraines. However, since many of the young migraine patients at the Cincinnati Children’s Headache Center were given preventative migraine medications along with vitamin supplements, the researchers were unable to conclude whether vitamin supplementation alone might be effective at preventing migraines. Future studies are needed on this topic, as previous studies have had conflicting results.
Researchers also learned from this study that coenzyme Q10 deficiencies were more common among young female patients, while low vitamin D levels were more common among young male patients. Additionally, the study researchers found that chronic migraine sufferers had a greater incidence of coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin deficiencies compared to episodic migraine sufferers. More research on vitamin deficiencies in children, adolescents and young adults who suffer from migraines is needed to potentially expand preventative treatment options, lessen symptoms and improve their quality of life.
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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “Many with migraines have vitamin deficiencies, says study: Researchers uncertain whether supplementation would help prevent migraines.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 June 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160610140645.htm>.