Those who suffer from migraines know how debilitating the head pain can be. While many researchers have tried to identify the reason migraines happen, for the most part the cause of the headaches is somewhat of a mystery. Now, one study suggests that the root of the problem is a deficiency in certain essential vitamins.
Light, hunger, smells, hormones, foods, drinks and stress are just some of the things that can trigger migraine headaches in the 16 percent of women and 8 percent of men who suffer from them. And often the intense headaches are accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, changes in vision and throbbing pain.
Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital recently set out to determine what could possibly be causing the headaches in their young patients. By analyzing the blood levels of those who had experienced migraines, the scientists found that children, teens, and young adults with deficiencies in some vitamins tended to experience higher levels of migraines. Vitamin D, riboflavin, folate, and coenzyme Q10 (which is a vitamin-like substance that produces energy for cell growth) levels were all linked to the development of migraines in younger people, according to Science Daily.