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Migraine Treatment with Vitamins and Supplements

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Vitamins for Migraines

Looking for a natural way to prevent migraines? Check out these vitamins and supplements, scientifically proven to help with migraine management.

Migraines can put you out of commission for days. Sometimes, your prescription medication just doesn’t do the job or you really don’t like the idea of putting so many chemicals into your body. Preventing and treating migraines may take a little research and legwork, but I think we can all agree that taking the time to get your migraines under control is time well spent.

Migraine Headache Triggers

First, you should know your triggers. Keep a diary of what you eat, how much you sleep, your menstrual cycle (if you’re a woman), your sleep schedule, and your stress level. Do this for a couple of months to try and pinpoint what your triggers are. Some are very specific, like a sudden loud sound. The estrogen drop that happens just before a woman’s period is a very common trigger. Withdrawal from caffeine or chocolate can cause migraines. Acetaminophen gives some people migraines after the pain-killing effects wear off. You may have heard people say that Chinese food causes migraines because of the high monosodium glutamate (MSG) content. However, many Chinese food chains discontinued use of MSG decades ago. Check your food labels. MSG is a powerful neurotoxin that puts your brain into fight or flight response so that food seems to taste stronger and it also makes food addictive.

Do Vitamins and Supplements Really Work?

Once you know your triggers you can try to avoid them or at least schedule life around the possible migraine. Prevention is the next step. Take your vitamins. Certain vitamins are known to eradicate migraines when taken properly. Each of the ones we will discuss here have had placebo-controlled trials that have shown that they actually do work for many people and have a reason behind why they specifically work for migraines.

Magnesium for Prevention

Magnesium plays many crucial roles in the body. Today, many people do not get adequate magnesium from foods because our soils have been depleted. In trials, almost all migraine suffers tested were low or deficient in magnesium. Magnesium seems to drop dramatically with estrogen, either causing menstrual migraines or making them worse. Supplementation for 2-5 months has been proven effective at preventing menstrual migraines. Supplementing daily is the only way to get a benefit, so keep track of your magnesium levels with your doctor if you want to go this route.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

CoQ10 is an antioxidant supplement, but is also plays a part in your body’s generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the source of energy for all of your cells and is a necessary component of muscle contraction. Because cholesterol reducing statin drugs block the synthesis of CoQ10, many people have problems with coordination, balance, energy, and muscle strength while taking them. If you take statin drugs, talk with your doctor. You can still supplement with CoQ10, but you will need much less because your body won’t process very much at a time.

In trials, CoQ10 has shown to be around 55% effective in preventing migraines. It starts working after about a month and has the most benefit after about 3 months of supplementation. Because of its very low incidence of side effects, this is one of the supplements being studied as a safe form of migraine prevention in children.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Vitamin B2 is much like CoQ10. It aids in the synthesis of ATP for cellular energy and is an antioxidant, so it rids the body of inflammatory and toxic chemicals that could be contributing to your migraines. Vitamin B2 may also aid in the absorption of iron, which is needed to carry oxygen to cells. Low iron levels generally reveal low B vitamin levels as well. Trials show a 50% reduction in migraine occurrence and duration for those taking 400mg/day for 3 months. Side effects are very low, less than 1%, and are limited to diarrhea and increased urine production. Because B vitamins all work together, for example, B2 is synthesized into B6 in the body, it is important to keep vitamin B levels balanced. This is why vitamin B supplements are often sold as a “complex” or balanced dosage of each B vitamin. Have your doctor check your vitamin B levels and monitor which ones need to come up and note how this affects your migraines.


About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!


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Vitamin Deficiencies that Cause Pain

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Vitamins for Pain

Is your pain being caused by simple vitamin deficiencies? Get it straight before you medicate.

Vitamin deficiencies can cause all sorts of pain, health conditions, and neurological problems. Before masking symptoms with medication, you should be aware of which ones could be caused by a simple vitamin deficiency. This is especially true if you consider that many common medications deplete our vitamin stores or hinder the absorption of vitamins that we are eating or taking. We recommend that you have your doctor check for these specific vitamin deficiencies before resorting to medication to treat your pain.

Heal Your Headaches with the Right Vitamins and Supplements

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Headache Vitamins

Headaches can stop you in your tracks. Learn which types of headaches can be helped with vitamins and supplements.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches usually affect one side of the head and can be excruciating. Migraines can be caused by food sensitivities/allergies, muscle malfunction, and over -stimulated nerves. Most people are completely intolerant to light when they have a migraine and may also experience nausea and auras. If your doctor has diagnosed you with migraine headaches, then you should have prescription migraine medication on hand to handle attacks. There are also steps you can take before migraines happen to avoid them. Research shows that vitamin B2 (riboflavin) can improve brain metabolism and decrease migraine occurrence. Balanced B vitamin levels also help to prevent them. Some people find migraine relief through a B12 shot, which can be prescribed by a doctor.

Top 3 Vitamins You Should Be Taking

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Which vitamins are most important?

Which vitamins should you be taking daily?

Is your multivitamin enough? Are you confused by the vitamin aisle in your grocery store? There are so many vitamins and supplements out there, that it can become overwhelming for people looking to improve or maintain their health. We’ve put together this list of the most essential vitamins and supplements to make things easier for you. If you don’t have specific health problems or genetic predispositions to diseases that you should be trying to prevent, then a basic arsenal of vitamins and supplements is likely all that you need. Work with your doctor to determine if you should add or take away from this list and get ready for a healthy future!

Neurological Disorders and Vitamin D Part 2

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Neurological Vitamins

Are all of your Neurological Symptoms Being Caused by an Underlying Vitamin Deficiency?

Part 2: Why Vitamin D May or May Not Be Helping You

Before you begin, you may want to read Part 1 of this series by clicking here.

I’m Already Taking Medication for my Neurological Problems.

Most neurological disorders are treated with medications that alter the amounts of different hormones that are used by the body. Your doctor may prescribe a drug that increases serotonin absorption, for example. The problem with these medications is that they don’t fix the root of the problem. Over long treatment periods, they can cause the body to make less of the already depleted hormone. Supplementing with vitamin D and carefully managing prescription medication dosages can help you to fix the underlying sleep disorder that is causing the neurological symptoms.

Natural Muscle Relaxers

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Woman with Muscle Pain

Relieve Muscle Pain with Vitamins, Supplements and Essential Oils

Many people suffer from muscle spasms, pain, cramps, and injury to muscles. Muscle relaxers can be a lot of help, but some people don’t like the side effects or need muscle pain relief often enough that it makes sense to prevent muscle spasms and pain with vitamins and supplements instead of constantly taking a prescription pain or muscle relaxant medication.

How Magnesium Can Make You Healthy for Life

Monday, March 4th, 2013

How Magnesium Can Make You Healthy for Life

Almost all health issues, stress, or even just being startled can deplete your body of magnesium, which is necessary for basic life functions.

Your body relies heavily on your consumption of magnesium to perform its most basic functions. Your nervous system, muscles, kidneys, cardiovascular system, digestive system, liver, hormone-secreting glands, and brain all rely on magnesium to function.

What Diseases Can Be Prevented By Magnesium?

Scientists believe that hundreds of health issues and dozens of diseases could be avoided if people maintained healthy magnesium levels. This list includes HIV/AIDS, asthma, autism, epilepsy, migraines, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, PMS, fibromyalgia, and sarcoidosis.

Is MSG Making You Fat and Sick?

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Is MSG Making You Fat and Sick?

That innocent looking side of ranch could give you a migraine, seizures, heart disease, diabetes, and nerve damage. Plus you'll be fighting an addiction to food additives that makes you always want to eat something unhealthy.

Read your food labels. All refined foods, processed foods, anything hydrolyzed, glutamate ingredients, anything autolyzed, soy protein, whey protein, “anything” protein, caseinates, gelatin, and more, contain free radicals in the form of “glutamic acid”, which is processed MSG (monosodium glutamate). The list of ingredient names that are essentially disguised MSG goes on and on.

Vitamin C Can Prevent Migraines, Along with PMS, Panic Attacks, and Osteoporosis

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Stress Headache Woman

What You Should Know About Your Migraines, Vitamin C Levels, and Your Hormones.

Stress Hormones

Stress hormones can trigger headaches and migraines. Vitamin C helps to produce stress-relieving hormones and can be used as a preventative measure. Studies on people and animals who were given vitamin C, show that the stress hormone cortisol was drastically lower than in people and animals not given the supplement. This remained true even when they were repeatedly put under very stressful situations. Elevated blood pressure is also a migraine trigger for many. These tests also showed that blood pressure was lower in the vitamin C group.

New Hope for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

New Hope for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Could One Simple Deficiency Be Causing ALL of Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

People with fibromyalgia are all too familiar with pain and suffering. Fibromyalgia causes body-wide pain and tenderness in the muscles, tendons and joints. Symptoms can greatly worsen at the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle or after menopause because of the drastic drop in estrogen. Fibromyalgia also causes numbness and tingling, heart palpitations and fibrillation, sleep disturbances, abnormal pain responses, migraines, stress, depression, cognitive malfunction, fatigue, weakness, personality changes, extreme premenstrual syndrome, and even seizures.

All of these symptoms can be improved by one commonly underrated and formerly misunderstood mineral; magnesium. When magnesium levels are low, it changes the expression and behavior of proteins in the body, altering the course of general health. Approximately 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. The proteins in your body have 3,751 binding sites for magnesium alone because it is responsible for so many human functions. Magnesium is also needed for the action of 300 different enzymes found in the body.