Forgo the as­pirin for vi­ta­min D

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - HEALTHY LIVING -

D has al­ready been shown to help fend off heart disease – and even bad sex. Now re­searchers say the su­per nu­tri­ent might keep mi­graine headaches at bay, too.

In a 24-week trial, re­searchers at the Aal­borg Uni­ver­sity in Den­mark re­cruited 48 male and fe­male adult mi­graine suf­fer­ers and had half the group take 100 mcg (4000 IU) of vi­ta­min D3 per day and the other half pop a daily placebo.

Pa­tients used jour­nals to doc­u­ment their mi­graine ex­pe­ri­ences both be­fore and dur­ing the study pe­riod.

The re­sults, pub­lished in the jour­nal Cur­rent Med­i­cal Re­search, re­vealed that the vi­ta­min group cut their num­ber of mi­graine days in half – from about six to three.

The placebo group got far less re­lief, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing just one less mi­graine day on av­er­age. The sever­ity of headaches re­mained the same in both groups.

Known as the sun­shine vi­taVITAMIN min, be­cause the body man­u­fac­tures it fol­low­ing ex­po­sure to the sun’s UV rays, vi­ta­min D is also found in foods such as oily fish and for­ti­fied milk prod­ucts. The cur­rent rec­om­mended daily in­take is 600 IU (15 mcg).

Photo: iS­tock

RAY OF LIGHT: Tak­ing vi­ta­min D could lead to fewer mi­graines for suf­fer­ers.

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