A person suffering from migraine has to face a severe headache. When this happens, it feels as if the head is about to explode. Migraine attacks can happen at any time. According to research, migraine is considered the third most common disease, which affects about 12 percent of people around the world. This also includes children. In such a situation, the question arises what deficiency causes migraine pain. Research says that there is a high possibility of migraine due to deficiency of vitamin-B2 and vitamin-D. In this article you will know which vitamin deficiency causes migraine -

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  1. Which Vitamin Deficiency Causes Migraine?
  2. Treatment Of Migraine Headache
  3. Summary
Doctors for Vitamin Deficiency and Migraines: Which Vitamins Matter Most

Migraine is a recurring neurological condition, due to which there is severe pain in the head. According to research, more than 20 percent women and more than 10 percent men suffer from migraine pain at some time in their lives. Many medicines are available for this, but they also have different disadvantages. Research shows that deficiency of vitamin B2 and vitamin D increases the risk of migraine. Let us know in detail which vitamin deficiency causes migraine -

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 is also known as riboflavin, which takes part in the metabolic process of a person. It is an essential nutrient to help mitochondria to produce energy in cells. Migraine is believed to be associated with oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. Oxidative stress is considered to be an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants, which can cause inflammation in the body. In such a situation, consumption of vitamin B2 can protect adults as well as children from migraine.

According to research, vitamin B2 not only reduces the pain of migraine attack, but also has the ability to reduce its intensity. The best thing is that it has no side effects. According to the National Institute of Health, women are advised to take 1.1 milligrams of vitamin B2 daily and men are advised to take 1.3 milligrams of vitamin B2 daily.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to migraine. It plays an important role in fighting inflammation in the brain. Also, vitamin D can improve the absorption of magnesium in the body. Magnesium deficiency also causes migraine pain. In such a situation, intake of vitamin D supplements can help in the treatment of migraine attacks. Especially those people who have vitamin D deficiency.

The National Institute of Health recommends that people up to the age of 70 should consume 15 micrograms of vitamin D daily. People above the age of 70 are advised to take 20 micrograms of vitamin D daily. Similarly, women are advised to take 310 to 320 milligrams of magnesium daily and men are advised to take 400 to 420 milligrams of magnesium daily.

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Coenzyme Q10

It is a compound like a vitamin, which has antioxidant effects in the body and plays a role in the production of energy in mitochondria. It provides protection against oxidative stress associated with migraine. It also reduces the level of enzymes during migraine attacks.

According to research, taking 200 mg of Coenzyme Q10 daily for 2 months reduced the intensity, duration and pain of migraine. The special thing is that no harm was found due to the intake of Coenzyme Q10.

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Migraine cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Migraine attacks can be reduced by treating the symptoms. Treatment can also help reduce migraines. Treatment depends on factors such as:

  • Age
  • How often you get migraine attacks
  • Type of migraine
  • How severe the migraine is, how long it lasts, how painful it is
  • Nausea or vomiting, and other symptoms
  • Other health conditions

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How To Treat Migraine Headache
Migraine triggers can be avoided by making lifestyle changes and avoiding stress.

  • OTC pain or migraine medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Prescription migraine medications to prevent migraine headaches and reduce the frequency of headaches
  • Prescription migraine medications to reduce symptoms as soon as a migraine attack begins
  • Prescription medications to reduce nausea or vomiting
  • Hormone therapy if migraines occur in relation to your menstrual cycle.
  • Meditation, acupressure or acupuncture.

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Migraines are triggered by certain conditions, such as odors or weather. Migraine pain can also attack due to certain medications, dehydration, stress or fatigue. In such a situation, if there is a deficiency of vitamin D and vitamin B2, then the risk of migraine pain increases. Various research says that intake of vitamin D and vitamin B2 has the ability to reduce the intensity and duration of migraine pain. Apart from this, lifestyle changes, exercise, and adequate sleep are also necessary. It would be better to follow the doctor's advice to get relief from migraine pain.

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