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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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