Those people who suffer from migraines know very well that they can be extremely debilitating. Additionally, severe recurring and intense throbbing pain, accompanied with visual disturbances, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, extreme light, touch, sound and smell sensitivity, as well as facial tingling or numbness can be triggered by migraine. In fact, migraine attacks commonly last between 4 and 72 hours, and therefore they are ranked in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical conditions.
It is considered that genetics and environmental factors are able to cause these migraines. Also, a migraine attack can be triggered by various factors:
- Hormonal changes – Oestrogen fluctuations in women can contribute to headaches. Usually it happens before or during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
- Certain foods – Migraines can be caused by salty and processed foods and also by skipping meals or fasting.
- Certain drinks – They can also be triggered by alcohol, especially wine and also beverages rich in caffeine.
- Stress – Also, stress can lead to migraines, particularly when you are dwelling on a stressful situation or if you are unable to manage stress.
- Sensory stimuli – Some people can experience migraine as a result of second-hand smoke, sun glare, bright lights, unusual smells, for instance: a strong perfume, loud sounds or paint thinner.
- Changes in sleep patterns – Jet lag, missing sleep or even getting too much sleep can contribute to migraines.
- Physical factors – They can be caused by intense physical exertion, for instance: exercise, physical activity or manual labour.
- Environmental changes – Also, they can be triggered by a weather or barometric pressure change.
- Medication – Migraines can be also aggravated by oral contraceptives and vasodilators.
Connection between migraines and vitamin deficiencies
According to a recent study, another migraine trigger is vitamin deficiency. To explain you more deeply, 52 people who were diagnosed with migraines were randomly assigned to receive either vitamin supplements or a placebo within a period of 6 months. Moreover, the results showed a double reduction in migraines as a result of the consumption of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements. Also, the studies that were previously carried out showed that Vitamin B2, i.e., riboflavin, has a capacity to help in the prevention of migraine attacks.
According to another study that was published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, the deficiency of Vitamin D is associated with migraines. Furthermore, it was found out by the researchers that 42% of patients who were diagnosed with chronic migraines have deficiency of Vitamin D.
How actually does it work?
Also, pernicious anaemia can trigger deficiencies of folic acid and Vitamin B12. In case this condition becomes severe, it can contribute to migraines, fatigue, memory loss and irritability, as well. In addition, it is believed that certain gene mutations can result in increased production of homocysteine levels, i.e., which can lead the body become more susceptible to migraine attacks. On the other hand, it is also found out by the researchers that Vitamins B6 and B12 help in the reduction of homocysteine levels.
In case you are suffering from migraines, it is recommended to avoid these migraine triggers, and consume plenty of these important nutritive elements in order to prevent migraine attacks:
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
See this video to learn about natural foods that contain Vitamin B