A new study has found a high percentage of young people who suffer from migraines have small deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin, and a vitamin-like substance called coenzyme Q10. The latter is found in every cell of the human body, it is responsible for energy production used in cell growth and maintenance. Whether the deficiencies are actually the cause of migraines is not yet clear. Future research will look in detail at whether giving these people specific supplements will reduce the instances of migraines.
A high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 -- a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.
These deficiencies may be involved in patients who experience migraines, but that is unclear based on existing studies.
"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.
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