Dietary supplements may help those suffering from migraines

Though millions suffer from debilitating migraines, getting to the root cause has alluded scientists for generations.

Now a promising study has demonstrated that one important link may be nutrient deficiencies that could be addressed with nutritional supplements.


In the study, conducted at the headache center at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center,  a high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in some of the essential vitamins that are crucial to health.

Previous studies have also indicated that certain vitamins and vitamin deficiencies may be important in the migraine process; however, studies using vitamins to prevent migraines have had conflicting success.

For this reason, researchers caution that they are a long way from making a direct connection and knowing which supplements to recommend.

“Further studies are needed to elucidate whether vitamin supplementation is effective in migraine patients in general, and whether patients with mild deficiency are more likely to benefit from supplementation,” says Suzanne Hagler, MD, a Headache Medicine fellow in the division of Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and lead author of the study.

Until such time that the prescribing of vitamins becomes a common-place treatment for migraines, sufferers can continue their own research.

The nutrients reviewed in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study included vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10.

Considering these nutrients have already been proven to be an important defense for other health conditions, it seems reasonable to assume they could be an important part of migraine defense.

Coenzyme Q10, in particular, is a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body, and is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.

For those studying Q10’s evolution and importance in the supplement industry, not a month goes by that new research is introduced demonstrating a beneficial link to one health condition or another.

Expect the link to migraine support to be proven without a doubt in the upcoming months and years.