About 12 to 15 percent of people suffer from migraines; the most sever type of headache with twice as many women as men affected. In many cases, the headaches are sometimes preceded by blind spots, flashes of light, tingling in the arms or legs, or anxiety. Migraine sufferers usually experience a pounding sensation on one side of their head so severe that it results in the feeling of nausea, vomiting, and high sensitivity to light and noise.
But according to new research, vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid may reduce the frequency, severity and disability of migraines. Daily vitamin supplements were found to significantly reduce the occurrence of migraines headaches.
The participants in the study were randomly assigned to receive either vitamin supplements or a placebo for six months. The supplements were associated with a reduction in the prevalence of migraine disability from 60 percent at the start of the study to 30 percent after 6 months. No reduction was observed in the placebo group.
The B vitamin group not only showed reductions in the frequency of the headaches, but also the severity of the pain when the headaches did occur. No changes were observed in the placebo group.