Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, can also be used to treat migraine headaches. It is essential for repair and growth of tissues throughout the body. It is used to heal wounds, form collagen, and to repair bones, teeth as well as make scar tissue, skin tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It’s also an antioxidant, which helps reduce damage to cells within the body.
However, vitamin C is not produced within the body, so it should be obtained from your daily diet.
Foods rich in vitamin C
• Citrus juices and fruits
• Green Peppers
• Leafy greens
• Sweet Potatoes
• Brussels sprouts
• Winter squash
• Red peppers
Vitamin C for migraines – how it works?
Many researches in the past have shown that it can be used to treat different types of pain, including regional pain syndrome. In another study in 2001, it was found that lower levels of vitamin C were found in people suffering from neuropathic pain syndrome.
One study showed that arthritis sufferers found considerable decrease in pain in their joints when they increased intake of vitamin C rich diet.
Although the exact link between vitamin C intake and ease in migraine symptoms is still not clear, it may work the same way as in people who have chronic migraine.
You can include vitamin C in your diet in the following forms:
• Powder packs
• Gummy chews
• Soft gels
• Skin creams
Side effects and other precautions
Vitamin C does not cause any side effects, mainly because body doesn’t store it. Doses above 2,000 mg a day or more can cause:
• Upset stomach
• Red blood cell reduction
• Kidney stones
Some medications can also lower vitamin C levels in the body. They are:
Birth control pills and aspirin
You should avoid vitamin C if you’re on blood thinners. It’s high doses should not be taken by people suffering from gout, cirrhosis, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and renal tubular acidosis.