Vitamin D May Help Reduce The Frequency of Your Migraines

Migraines are a truly debilitating neurological condition, with symptom persistence ranging from a few hours to up to three days. According to most estimates, recurrent migraines affect one in four U.S. households.

There are many possible causes for migraines, with general triggers varying significantly between migraine patients. While environmental conditions play a significant role in migraine frequency and severity, genetic makeup is also a hugely important factor. With that said, there are several environmental factors and lifestyle habits that are commonly associated with migraine occurrence, including:

  • Food and food additives
  • Hormonal changes
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Sleep habits
  • Chronic stress
  • Screen usage

Migraine symptoms include blinding headaches, depression, eye pain, nausea, visual auras, and vertigo. To manage these symptoms, migraine sufferers are often forced to take strong prescription painkillers. Now, in an exciting development, a series of new studies may have linked the occurrence of migraines to a deficiency in vitamin D

As a hormone, vitamin D is primarily responsible for calcium absorption. While UV rays are the best way to source vitamin D, it can also be obtained through dietary supplements.

In a 2016 study of 4569 young adults, teens, and children, 70% of participants who suffered from frequent migraines were also found to have deficient levels of vitamin D. In another clinical study, individuals were given 50,000IU of vitamin D per week. After 10 weeks, mean headache frequency was found to be significantly lower in the intervention group compared to the control (placebo) group.

While these results are promising, there is still too little clinical evidence to conclude that vitamin D supplementation will reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. If you would like to try taking vitamin D supplements to manage migraine pain, consult your doctor for guidance. Pregnant women and individuals with gastrointestinal issues should also take special consideration when introducing new supplements into their diet. Remember, when in doubt, your doctor is the person best equipped to determine if a vitamin D supplement is right for you and your condition.

Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that while you can get sufficient vitamin D from the sun, UV rays are harmful to your skin. To protect yourself against excess UV exposure, always wear sunscreen and sun protection when traveling or working outside.

Sources: Brain and Life, Keck Medicine, Healthline
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