Friday, 4 January 2013

Vitamin for Migraine

Migraines can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormones, stress, barometric pressure or changes in blood pressure, but regardless of what causes them, they are often severely debilitating. Tingling in the fingers or lips, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, throbbing pain and nausea often drive sufferers to a dark closet or to bed in extreme pain that may last from several minutes to hours. However, taking a variety of vitamin supplements may help reduce the pain and duration of migraines, which may be caused for some by vitamin deficiencies.

Calcium is naturally found in dark green leafy vegetables as well as in supplement form. Calcium is designed to regulate release of a neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin. Abnormal levels of serotonin in the brain produce migraine and tension headaches. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) suggests 1,000 mg of calcium per day for adults, though individuals who take between 1,200 and 1,600 mg of calcium a day often experience relief and well as reduction of frequency of migraines.

Vitamin B-2
Vitamin B-2, also known as riboflavin, is a water-soluble vitamin that improves brain function; regulates brain activity; balances hormone levels; repairs brain damage; decreases brain inflammation; supports healthy adrenal gland function; and increases blood flow to your brain. B-2 lowers your risk of chronic migraines and reduces migraine symptoms and oxidative stress in your body, a common cause of migraines. The daily recommended dietary allowance for vitamin B-2 is 1 mg for adult females and 1.3 mg for adult males. Foods rich in vitamin B-2 include milk, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, kale, turnip greens, almonds, wild rice, soybeans, yogurt and eggs.

Vitamin B-12
Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin, is water-soluble vitamin that carries oxygen, nutrients and blood to your brain cells and tissues. The vitamin regulates brain activity; aids in red blood cell formation; repairs damaged brain tissue; supports a healthy nervous system; reduces oxidative stress in your body; and lowers your risk of heart attacks and strokes. The RDA for vitamin B-12 is 2.4 mg for adults. Foods rich in vitamin B-12 include beef liver, rainbow trout, milk, roasted ham, eggs, roasted chicken, ready-to-eat cereals, white tuna and sockeye salmon.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C, a water-soluble antioxidant vitamin, enhances immune system function and protects your body from toxins, infections, viruses and diseases that can trigger or worsen migraine symptoms. Vitamin C also repairs damaged brain tissue; accelerates the healing process; balances your hormone levels; hydrates your body; alleviates oxidative stress; and reduces brain inflammation. The vitamin can relieve migraine symptoms such as throbbing or pulsating head pain, nausea, auras and fatigue. The RDA for vitamin C is 1,000 mg for adults. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, blackberries, pineapples, grapefruits, kiwi, tomatoes, mustard greens, Swiss chard and spinach.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is also a fat-soluble vitamin. The vitamin improves brain function; relieves migraine symptoms such as head pain, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light; decreases fluid around your brain; and repairs damaged brain tissue. Vitamin D may reduce the severity and frequency of your migraine headaches and regulate the dilation and contraction of the blood vessels in your brain, a common cause of migraine headaches. The RDA for vitamin D is 20 mcg for adults. Foods rich in vitamin D include mackerel, herring, catfish, tuna, salmon, mushrooms, eggs and cod liver oil.

Magnesium is also a product found in dark green leafy vegetables and is often effective in reducing the severity as well as frequency of migraine headaches. Herbert Mansmann, M.D., associate professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia states, "Of 17 people we have treated with magnesium, 13 have had complete improvement." Magnesium helps to keep blood vessels open and prevent the release of pain-producing chemicals or substances in the brain. Adequate daily intake of magnesium should average about 400 mg.


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Article reviewed by JPC Last updated on: Oct 24, 2009
Read more:

"Understanding Migraine and Other Headaches"; Stewart J. Tepper; 2004
"Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Headaches and Migraines"; Elaine Magee; 2008
"Migraines for Dummies"; Diane Stafford; 2003
"The Vitamin Cure for Migraines: How to Prevent and Treat Headaches Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation"; Steve Hickey; 2010
"Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements"; Phyllis Balch; 2010
Article reviewed by Teresa Mullins Last updated on: Mar 8, 2011
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