The 3 Most Helpful Vitamins for Migraine Relief
According to the World Health Organization, migraines are the third most common disease in the entire world. If you are someone who suffers from migraines, you understand this all too well. Migraines do not discriminate and can come out of seemingly nowhere. Whether you have recently started to get migraines, or they are something you’ve been battling your entire life, knowing how to deal with them is a must.
What Causes Migraines?
There are many different schools of thoughts as to what causes migraines and why certain people are more prone to them than others. A nutrient deficiency, such as not getting enough magnesium, could lead to a migraine, or worsen symptoms at the very least. While a reported 80% of all Americans are deficient in magnesium, there are likely other reasons for the migraines, too, such as genetics, stress, or multiple nutrient deficiencies. Research has shown that people who are deficient in vitamin D may also be more prone to migraines than others.
Understanding the Role of Magnesium and Vitamin D
Both magnesium and vitamin D are vital to our overall health and wellness. Vitamin D, for one, helps balance hormones, form blood cells, metabolize sugar, and regenerate bone tissue. Magnesium has many important roles, including helping regulate muscle and nerve function, maintain blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and develop protein, bone, and DNA. If you are deficient in one or both and get migraines, it may be time to consider taking some additional vitamins or supplements to make up for these deficiencies.
What Are Vitamins, Anyway?
Vitamins have been around for a very long time, but it was only in recent years that vitamin supplements have become so mainstream. Vitamins – along with minerals – are naturally occurring essential nutrients that our bodies cannot produce on their own. They come into our bodies through food, beverages and, of course, supplements. However, they are critical to our well-being because they take on hundreds of roles that the body needs to remain healthy. While we can get many of these vitamins through our diet, the body is not always able to manufacture the amount of nutrients or vitamins it needs.
Before we move on, let’s briefly break down the difference between vitamins, supplements, and herbs. The easiest way is to look at them as different healthcare approaches to whole-body wellness. Vitamins and supplements are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Vitamins, supplements, and herbs are all naturally derived – the difference is that supplements usually are comprised of multiple ingredients, including both vitamins and herbs. Some examples of supplements are Echinacea (which is also an herb), zinc, gingko, milk thistle, and magnesium.
How Vitamins Can Help Your Migraine
Depending on who you talk to, there are many different vitamins out there that may offer relief from your migraine. We’ve briefly touched on vitamin D and magnesium, and another I have had great success with is riboflavin (vitamin B2). Riboflavin is one of eight B-complex vitamins, which are water-soluble nutrients that are known to do the following:
- Break down dietary fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
- Support the nervous system
- Support healthy adrenal gland function
- Convert carbohydrates into energy
- Maintain a healthy liver
- Promote healthy cell growth
If you suffer from migraines and are looking for natural solutions that will give you relief, I encourage you to consider supplementation in the form of magnesium, vitamin D, and/or vitamin B2. Of course, you may need additional supplementation such as 5-HTP, GABA, Feverfew, CoQ10, turmeric, and vitamins C and E. Whether you know you’re deficient, or you’re just trying to find some relief, you always have to take the first step, and the three vitamins I discussed here are a safe and easy place to start.