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‘Vitamin D deficiency may cause migraines’

A high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines may have mild vitamin D deficiencies, a new study suggests.

The findings showed that mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 — a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance — may be involved in patients who experience migraines.

Suzanne Hagler and colleagues from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre in the U.S. conducted a study on patients with migraines who had baseline blood levels checked for vitamin D, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10 and folate, all of which were implicated in migraines by previous and sometimes conflicting studies.

Many were put on preventive medications and received vitamin supplementation, if levels were low. Researchers found girls and young woman were more likely than boys and young men to have coenzyme Q10 deficiencies. — PTI