Migraines strike approximately 38 million men, women and children each year in the U.S.1 and 1 billion people worldwide.2 Nearly 25 percent of households in the U.S. have at least one person who suffers from migraine headaches.
However, while migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world,3researchers are still discovering how and why they occur. The majority of people suffering from migraines are between 35 and 55.4
As these are some of your most productive work years, migraines may have a significant financial impact on your family, employer and your community. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks migraines as the 19th most common reason for disability worldwide.5
Migraines are responsible for at least $20 billion each year in medical costs and lost work productivity.6 Lost productivity time increases more rapidly in those who suffer from chronic migraines rather than episodic migraines.7
Migraines Are Not Just Bad Headaches
Migraine symptoms include a severe and debilitating headache, but the condition is far more serious than a bad headache. Migraines are a neurological disorder, characterized by recurring headaches and considered to be the most common disorder of the nervous system.8
They are more common in women than men because of hormonal influences,9 and are characterized by recurring attacks of moderate to severe intensity, many times occurring only on one side of your head. These headaches may last from a couple of hours to up to three days and are often aggravated by physical activity.
Personal healthcare costs may be up to 70 percent higher for a family with one person suffering from migraine headaches. There are different types of migraine headaches, and sometimes one person may experience various symptoms from one headache to the next.11,12
Types of Headaches
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Is There a Link to Vitamin Deficiency?
Migraines are named for the type of symptoms you experience. Researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center recently published their findings after setting out to uncover links between migraines and vitamin deficiencies.
Past research demonstrated an association between adults and children with migraine disorders and vitamin deficiencies. However, there have been other studies that discounted this connection.13
The team, led by Dr. Suzanne Hagler, a headache medicine fellow in the division of neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, evaluated over 7,400 participants.
Researchers took baseline levels of riboflavin, vitamin D, folate and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). A high percentage of the children, teens and young adults had mild CoQ10, vitamin D and riboflavin deficiencies.14
Additionally, they discovered an association in women between migraines and cardiovascular disease and mortality. Participants suffering from chronic migraines at regular intervals had an increased risk of CoQ10 and riboflavin deficiency, compared to those with episodic migraines occurring at infrequent intervals.
Many of the patients in this study were also prescribed preventative therapy and too few were given just supplements for the researchers to determine if supplementation alone was enough to prevent migraines.16
The researchers found that an alarming 16 to 51 percent of participants had below average levels of vitamins depending on the vitamin tested.17
These deficiencies are based on levels determined by the National Academy of Sciences Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).18 These national levels are set to prevent disease and not necessarily to support health. This means the percentage of participants deficient in nutrients may have actually been higher.
Another Important Vitamin to Migraine Sufferers
This was not the first study to associate mineral and vitamin deficiencies with migraine headaches.
In a paper published in 2012, researchers acknowledged the integral relationship between magnesium and multiple bodily processes.19 Unfortunately, less than 2 percent of magnesium is measurable. The remainder is stored in your bone and located inside your cells.
A lack of magnesium may promote a number of different illnesses, including depression, platelet aggression, serotonin receptor function and influence production and use of neurotransmitters.20
Researchers theorize that migraine sufferers may develop magnesium deficiency from a variety of reasons, including poor absorption, renal wasting, increased excretion due to stress or low nutritional intake.
No matter what the reason, past research has demonstrated migraine sufferers are more likely to suffer from magnesium deficiency.
However, as testing for magnesium deficiency is not easily accomplished and as magnesium administration is widely available and very safe, they recommend that empiric treatment with at least an oral supplement is justified in all migraine sufferers.21
An increasing body of research links chronic medication use to liver and kidney damage. Treatment and prevention of illnesses must begin with nutritional strategies.
The Association of Migraine Disorders recommends trying magnesium supplementation for at least three months to experience results. They also discuss supplementation with riboflavin and CoQ10.22
Breakfast, blood sugar, & inflammation
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