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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.

Combat Chronic Inflammation with Vitamins

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Arthritis Vitamins Inflammation Hands

Inflammation not only hurts, but it destroys tissues and causes disease. Learn how to avoid chronic inflammation with vitamins and supplements.

Inflammation is your body’s main defense mechanism, meant to anticipate, intercept and destroy invading microorganisms. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, heat and pain. Inflammation helps your immune system fight invaders and heal injuries, but can be dangerous if it becomes chronic.

Inflammation becomes a danger when it is brought on by malfunctions of the immune system. Autoimmune diseases and allergies are good examples. Out of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, chronic, low-level inflammation causes seven of them. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, nephritis, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease.

Vitamins for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Vitamins for Adrenal Fatigue

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include being tired during the day, being awake at night, sugar cravings, and belly fat accumulation.

Your adrenal glands are two walnut-sized glands above your kidneys. They make almost 50 different hormones that your body needs. These hormones regulate numerous bodily functions, including your response to stress. When you are under stress, which is nearly constant for a lot of people, your adrenal glands become fatigued and worn out. (more…)

Physical Body Recovery for Alcoholics

Friday, October 4th, 2013
Vitamins and Diet for Beating Alcoholism

Give yourself a fighting chance at overcoming addiction.

Alcoholism can wreak havoc on the body in several ways. When addicts stop drinking, they often feel terrible until they consume alcohol again, which leaves them feeling worse than before. This vicious cycle makes people dependent on alcohol to feel “normal” and leaves their bodies in a severely depleted and broken-down state. Spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical healing are all necessary for the recovering addict to successfully beat their addiction.

Grow Younger by Naturally Increasing HGH Levels

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Healthy Young Fitness Woman

You don't need pricey supplements to produce HGH naturally.

If you’re like most people, you want to find ways to look and feel younger. Recent studies show that human growth hormone (HGH) is what helps our cells renew themselves. They found that increasing HGH levels can increase alertness, mental function, energy, muscle mass, and quality sleep. HGH was also found to decrease body fat, insulin resistance, and wrinkles. HGH is responsible for growing and maintaining all of our tissues throughout our lives. We produce a lot of HGH when we’re children. Then, as we reach adulthood, the amount produced gradually decreases.

Restore Mental Energy and Improve Memory

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Memory Puzzle

Do you feel like your brain is missing something? It could be your vitamins.

Vitamins and supplements can enhance mental well-being, energy, mood, memory and clarity. Recent studies show that vitamins and mineral increases can sometimes be as effective as increasing psychiatric drugs. Subjects experienced decreased anxiety and relief from depression. The studies determined that the mental energy gained from the supplements helped subjects to be more prepared when handling stressful situations. It also found that stress responses were more appropriate and shorter lived than before. When the stress response is better controlled or regulated, anxiety and depression are naturally relieved.

Chronic Disease Prevention Discovered

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Gut Flora Healthy Gut

Healthy Gut Flora Combined with B Vitamins Can Protect You From Chronic Diseases and Infection

Until about a year ago, the part of our immune systems that identifies and differentiates between good bacteria and bad, was a mystery. Considering that around 70% of our immune system is in our gut, understanding how it works could have a major impact on learning how to prevent and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions.

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.

Do You Need More Vitamin B12?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

vitamin B

Tired and Moody? Low B12 Could Be to Blame.

Vitamin B12 is a necessary nutrient that helps to make genetic material (DNA) in our cells. It also helps to keep blood cells and nerves healthy. Most Americans do get enough B12 in their diets, but a lot of people have trouble properly absorbing it. As much as 15% of the population in the United States has a deficiency. Depression, tiredness, and poor memory are the number one complaints of people experiencing low vitamin B12 levels.