Vitamin B2 for Migraine
If you want to prevent a migraine headache from coming on, you might reach for more riboflavin. Riboflavin is needed to facilitate the release of energy from all body cells. In fact, studies reveal that migraine sufferers have less efficient energy metabolism in their brain cells. It’s thought that by increasing your riboflavin intake and therefore the potential of your brain cells to generate energy, you might keep migraines at bay. Looks like this strategy might work. In a well-controlled study conducted among 55 patients with migraine, a daily 400-milligram supplement of this B vitamin reduced the frequency of headache attacks in a manner similar to certain drugs used for this condition.
You don’t need much riboflavin to prevent a deficiency. The recommended daily intake for women is 1.1 milligrams per day. During pregnancy and breastfeeding you need 1.4 and 1.6 milligrams respectively. Riboflavin is found in many foods including milk, meat, eggs, nuts, enriched flour and green vegetables. If you take a multivitamin or B complex supplement you’re getting even more riboflavin, as much as 100 milligrams.
If you’re striving to get 400 milligrams each day in the hopes of preventing a migraine, you’ll need to buy a separate supplement of this B vitamin. B2 supplements are available in 25-, 50-, 100-, 500- and 1200-milligram doses. Chances are, you won’t find this supplement at a drugstore. You’ll have to visit your local health food or supplement store. It may make take up to three months to notice an improvement in your headache frequency. Riboflavin supplements are nontoxic and very well tolerated.