When can your headache be more than just a set of throbbing temples? Well, when you get migraine headache, it may come with more than just a pesky pain from the neck up. All those who suffer from migraine headaches know that they can be awful at times: nausea, visual auras, disorientation, and fatigue can all accompany that crippling pain which is common with a migraine.
Research in the past shows that migraines, in part, can be due to some nutritional deficiency- and one that can be easily handled and remedied.
Migraine – What is it?
It’s estimated that more than 427 million people across the globe suffer from migraine: about 7% of all males and more than twice as much females get these headaches from time to time.
Migraine headaches can be severe and can last from few hours to several days. Many of them are precipitated by a change in vision, or an “aura”. These auras can range from spots and blurriness, geometric shapes, dots or as if one’s vision has been shattered into fragments-especially on one side of visual field.
Mostly, these auras are accompanied by feelings of confusion and dizziness or fatigue and nausea. Often when a sufferer gets an aura, it’s a sign of the worst to come: usually a blinding awful headache that can cripple one’s life for hours or days.
Migraine and Nutritional Deficiencies
Although exact cause of migraine headaches is still unknown, and reasons may vary from person to person, research shows that most migraine sufferers have one thing in common: a nutritional deficiency in one or few essential vitamins.
The Migraine-D Vitamin Connection
It’s a widely reported deficiency than you may think. It’s so common around the world that many call it a worldwide problem, and is recognized as a pandemic by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
What makes this vitamin D unique as compared to other vitamins is that body can easily make its own vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight, whereas you may get other vitamins only from foods you eat. With so many people spending time indoors, absorption of vitamin D naturally has become very difficult.
A research shows that vitamin D deficiency may also cause some migraines. This research was conducted by Turkey’s Bozok University, and was published in Oct 2014 edition of Intl Journal of Clinical Practice suggested that people with low vitamin D levels were more prone to suffering migraine headaches than people with normal vitamin D levels.
Here is what the researchers found:
Vitamin D levels were significantly lower in patients with migraines as compared to the main control group.
In multiple model analysis, vitamin D was directly associated with migraines.
The researchers ultimately concluded:
“Based on the findings in this research, we may suggest that decreased vitamin D serum levels were directly associated with migraine.”
The Migraine-B Vitamin Connection
Migraines can have numerous causes, and they can vary from individual to individual. Research carried out in the past to determine whether nutritional factors are responsible for migraine development have clearly shown that vitamin B plays an important role in migraine headaches.
According to 2011 research published in the Journal CNS and Neurological Disorder Drug Targets, vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin B6 and B12 may play a big role in migraine triggering and suppression. This study clearly indicates that deficiency of these vitamins can easily trigger migraines. In fact, vitamin B12 deficiency is the one of the five essential nutrients which you might be missing in your diet.
Further research on this topic published in 2014 and spearheaded by the research team of Griffith University, Australia showed that folic acid and vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines among sample of migraine sufferers.
Another Interesting study in December 2016’s Electron Physician Journal from Iran showed that vitamin B2 deficiency could also be related to migraine.
All told, the research data points straight to tie between various B vitamins and migraines. Namely vitamin B deficiency, especially folic acid, B2, B6 and B12 can easily lead to migraines.