Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vitamin E for Migraine Headaches

Caution: Always consult a physician before adding vitamin E or any other supplement to your diet. Provide them with printouts of information you have found, if they are not particularly knowledgeable about nutrition and supplementation, but let them know what you are considering taking, and give them the opportunity to make you aware of any contraindications that may apply to your situation.

A friend who suffers from migraines, and was recovering from one today, got me to thinking about vitamin E: might it be helpful? Sure enough a quick bit of googling brought up a couple articles telling about this and other vitamins and other nutritional supplements that have been demonstrated as useful for preventing and minimizing the effects of migraines.

Now, I haven't researched the research, so I'm just here to whet your appetite for looking into this more on your own. However, I will mention that my friend also suffers from hypertension. So did my mother until I added 400 IU d-alpha tocopherol to her daily regime.

Look at the label very carefully when you buy vitamin E; it is often very difficult to distinguish d-alpha from dl-alpha on the label. Although dl-alpha is less expensive, it is also less effective, so you aren't really saving, because you need to take more to get the equivalent of 400 IU of d-alpha tocopherol. Why? It has to do with the structure of the molecules. Note that some recommend taking mixed tocopherols, or d-alpha with gamma-tocopherol. You can read more about the various forms and some research findings here.

And here are some other articles you may find informative:

Menstrual Migraine: Back to Vitamin E

Riboflavin: How To Defend Yourself Against A Migraine Attack - discusses very high doses riboflavin and other nutritional supplements for prevention of migraines and/or lessening of migraine symptoms.

A final note: Take vitamin E supplements at the meal containing the most fat and 8 hours apart from supplements containing iron, which can interfere with absorption.

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