B-Complex Vitamins Fight Migraines

February 24, 2009

An Australian study shows that safe, inexpensive B Vitamins could be powerful heavy hitters in the fight against migraines. Professor Lyn Griffiths of Griffith University said a trial found that Vitamin B-complex supplements and also the B vitamin folic acid significantly reduced the symptoms associated with migraine.  

“The trial provided Vitamin B-complex supplements and Folic Acid to more than 50 long-term migraine sufferers for six months,” said Griffith, who is director of Griffiths Genomics Research Center. “Results showed a drastic improvement in headache frequency, pain severity and associated disability for those treated.” Migraine sufferers have severe headaches that can trigger symptoms including nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to bright lights and sounds. Attacks can last up to 72 hours. Migraines are usually treated aggressively with powerful painkillers.  

People who have migraines also often have higher than normal levels of the amino acid intermediary homocysteine. This metabolite increases inflammation in artery walls and is known to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, damage to arteries, is associated with depression and hip fracture and even eye damage. The recent trial was founded on the theory that vitamin B supplements and Folic Acid will reduce the level of homocysteine and in turn, improve migraine symptoms, said Griffiths. Source: Griffith University News