A new trial has found that taking a daily vitamin D supplement could dramatically cut the number of migraine attacks.
Vitamin D is only one of several micronutrients that have been shown to be helpful in controlling migraine headaches. In the case of another such micronutrient, vitamin B2, you may be surprised to learn that evidence of its safety and effectiveness against migraine dates back over 70 years now.
In a fascinating short paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in June 1946, Clifford B. Smith M.D. described how he had successfully treated 19 migraine patients with vitamin B2. Of these people, 3 had been suffering from the condition for a period of between 2 to 5 years; 4 for between 5 and 10 years; and 12 for 10 years or longer. Impressively, not only did administration of vitamin B2 result in a marked improvement in general wellbeing for all 19 patients, the majority experienced a complete cessation of their attacks. And in a clear parallel with what we now know as Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept, whereby the primary cause of chronic diseases is a long-term deficiency of micronutrients, Smith wrote that he assumed all of their migraines arose from a common origin and that treatment was correcting the cause.
Any migraine patients wondering why they haven’t been told about this longstanding evidence of the efficacy of vitamin B2 as a treatment for their condition need look no further than the fact that painkillers are now one of the highest earning class of medications for the pharma business, making over 56 billion dollars in 2015 alone. Taking into account specialist migraine drugs such as triptans, which rake in still further revenue for drug makers, the low cost and non-patentability of vitamins means that, just as with other diseases, pharmaceutical companies see them as a threat to their business model.
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