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- Health · Dietary Supplements · Medications · Medicine · Healthy Living · Diets · Nutrition · Pharmacology · Denmark · University of Aalborg · Aalborg

The health prob­lems wors­ened by win­ter. This week: Mi­graine STUD­IES into the sea­son­al­ity of mi­graines have found peaks in spring. One the­ory is that there is a link to falls in vi­ta­min D that oc­cur over win­ter.

In a re­cent trial at the Univer­sity of Aal­borg in Den­mark, mi­graine suf­fer­ers were given a daily vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ment (4,000 in­ter­na­tional units) for 24 weeks. Their in­ci­dence of mi­graine fell, on av­er­age by 50 per cent. ‘Neu­roin­flam­ma­tion and sen­si­ti­sa­tion are in­volved in mi­graine and vi­ta­min D can mod­er­ate those,’ said Dr Parisa Gaz­erani, the study’s lead au­thor. ‘It doesn’t help ev­ery­one and more work needs to be done, but it is pos­si­ble sup­ple­men­ta­tion could re­verse the con­di­tion.’

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