The Migraine Causing Vitamin Deficiency I Wish Everyone Knew About
By Lindsay Sibson
20 million migraine attacks happen PER DAY.
That is a whole lot of pain and suffering that could possibly be avoided.
How? We will take a look at that shortly.
First, let’s take a look at some facts and figures about migraines:
- 6-7% of men and 15-18% of women suffer from migraines.
- Variety of symptoms: throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting, chills, sweating, sensitivity to light/sound/smells.
- Involves a complex interaction of genetic, environmental and neurological factors that differ from person to person, making it one of the least understood and poorly treated medical disorders!
WHAT Causes Migraines?
The theories are vast and conflicting given the symptoms vary from one migraine sufferer to the next. Here are some theories about causes of migraines:
- Changes in serotonin: Blood vessels in your brain become inflamed and swollen when your serotonin levels drop, which causes migraines (and all the icky and painful symptoms that go along with them).
- Excessive increase of blood flow in your brain: Migraines may be preceded by an increase in blood flow of nearly 300%!
- Restriction of blood flow in your brain: On the other hand, a drop in blood flow, which is then followed by a dilation of your blood vessels, turns on pain-signaling neurons, thus triggering a potential migraine.
- A neurological disorder: These are disorders that are linked to nerve cell activity throughout your brain that cause symptoms of pain.
- A nervous system disorder: These start in your brain stem, which controls your perception of light/noise/smell as well as your alertness. Your brain stem is also responsible for brain blood flow, cardiovascular function and pain sensitivity – most of which are symptoms of a migraine attack!
- Disruption of energies: Energy flows throughout your body. When it is interrupted in any way, it can bring about migraine or headache pain.
- Unresolved emotional issues: When you hold in your feelings or stifle your emotions, that negativity gets trapped in your body and manifests itself as headaches or other pain.
Your Migraines Could Also Be Due To a Vitamin Deficiency
Numerous studies have been done on the link between vitamins and migraine attacks. The results have shown that when you take vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid as supplements, you can experience a massive reduction in migraines. Another study reported that high doses of B2 (riboflavin) can even help to prevent migraines altogether!
You may also be more likely to have migraine attacks based on your genetic makeup. Certain gene dysfunctions and mutations can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine, an amino acid. To reduce your homocysteine level, taking vitamins B6 and B12 can work wonders. However, the amount you need depends on your genotype.
Professor Lyn Griffiths, Executive Director of the Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation, explains:
“…if all patients received the same vitamin dosage for the same period of time it would be expected that those with TT genotypes, having a reduced enzymatic rate, would metabolise less homocysteine over the treatment period compared to C allele carriers, thus resulting in a smaller reduction in homocysteine and consequent migraine symptoms.
Indeed, it may be that TT genotypes although having a higher risk of disease, actually require a larger dosage of vitamins to exhibit the same effect as C alleles.”
The Institute’s goal is to identify the optimal dosage of B vitamins based on your genetic profile. The trials conducted thus far have indicated that “inexpensive vitamin supplements can treat migraine patients,” stated Professor Griffiths.
Despite this great discovery, however, there may be an even more widespread vitamin deficiency that could be causing your migraine symptoms.
Nearly 42% of patients with chronic migraines were deficient in vitamin D, according to an observational study that was presented at the American Headache Society meeting. In addition, it was noted that the longer you have suffered from chronic migraines, the more likely you are to be vitamin D deficient.
There are hundreds of health consequences when you are deficient in vitamin D, with migraine attacks being one of them. Other health effects include:
- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Severe asthma in children
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
To learn how to get optimal amounts of vitamin D for yourself, it is best that you consult with your physician. However, to get started with enhancing your vitamin D intake, try these 3 ways:
- Sunlight: 20-25 minutes of exposure is helpful in spurring your body to create vitamin D.
- Fatty Fish: Salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna and eel are great sources of vitamin D.
- Egg Yolks: 1 yolk will give you about 40 IUs (Daily recommendation is 2,000 IUs).
Have you had success in taking vitamin D to ease your migraines? Share you story in the comments below!
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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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