Vitamin B2 & Migraine Headaches
by Thomas Recker
light and sound and can last for another 24 hours.

Most Migraine headaches sufferers cannot identify what triggers the headaches and a
long and varied list exists that differs with each individual. The same factors do not
necessarily trigger a Migraine on a consistent basis either. Statistically, women are
more prone to Migraines than men with claims that the decline in estrogen during
menstruation is the trigger and the onset can begin immediately to a few days delay.

Considered a vascular headache, Migraines start with the enlargement of the
temporal artery which is located between the skin and skull at the temple. This
enlargement stretches the nerves that coil around the temporal artery causing these
nerves to release chemicals into the system. A snowball effect takes places since
these chemicals cause inflammation and pain which further enlarge the temporal
artery and stretching the nerves further. A Migraine will often activate the
sympathetic nervous system which is reported to react to stress and pain. This
increased activity affects the intestines causing vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea and
contributes to the sensitivity to light and sound.

Due to the inconsistency of triggering factors and the headaches themselves
Migraines have been difficult to treat. Many prescription drugs are available including
the controversial and highly expensive use of Botox that is claimed to interrupt the
pain pathways but these medications offer treatment and not prevention.

With prevention being the goal it appears that Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) may prevent
Migraines in almost 40% of sufferers. In clinical studies patients taking 400mg of
Vitamin B2 daily displayed a 37% decrease in Migraine headaches and a drop in the
number of days the headache affected them. The effects of the increased Vitamin B2
(riboflavin) ingestion begin in as little as 30 days and appear to work best after 3
months and benefited those who suffer from moderate Migraines 3 to 4 times a
month.

Vitamin B2 is required for proper cell mitochondria function and when a deficiency
occurs it is suggested that this may trigger Migraines in many individuals. This low
cost alternative may not work for every Migraine sufferer but to knock out 30% to
40% is a big plus.

Other inroads into preventing this complex interaction of genetic, environmental, and
neurological variables include stress release since anger or frustration is being
narrowed down as one of the key triggers, again with a delayed action of one to two
days. Wheat, sugar, and some grains are also being held responsible for Migraines but
more often this appears to affect individuals with specific blood types other than
sufferers in general. But, diet is quite possibly playing a major role with many avenues
that need to be explored. Another effective therapy may be administering bright light
in 30 minute doses every other day, much like treating seasonal disorders, where a
clinical reduction in Migraine headaches was reported. This treatment may sound
surprising since Migraines sufferers usually avoid light during the onset of a headache.
The bright light is claimed to possibly elevate concentrations of several
neurotransmitters, including serotonin, in the brain.

With Migraine headaches costing $18 Billion in drugs, emergency room and doctor
visits, time off work and loss of productivity, not to mention the loss of quality
lifestyle a cure or prevention may only be a Vitamin B2 supplement away.


About The Author

Thomas Recker is a contributing editor for .
It is estimated that up to 26
million Americans suffer from
Migraine headaches and it is
considered one of the top
reasons for missed work and
loss of production. A debilitating
Migraine headache can last from
4 to 72 hours and can be
accompanied by intense pain,
extreme sensitivity to light and
sound, vertigo, nausea, diarrhea,
and vomiting. After affects of a
migraine can leave the sufferer
drained and without energy
accompanied by a low grade
headache with oversensitivity to
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