Riboflavin migraine treatment is relatively inexpensive when compared to prescription migraine medication. Riboflavin migraine cure is proven safe with minimal side effect. This makes Vitamin B2 a good alternative for migraineurs, especially those who can’t tolerate the side effects of prescription migraine drugs.
Clinical studies of vitamin B2 or riboflavin, as a migraine treatment have pointed toward the efficacy of the riboflavinin migraine prevention. Riboflavin appears to have little effect on the length of a migraine attack, but it can reduce the severity of a migraine attack and appears to have a significant impact on reducing migraine frequency in most studies. One trial found that a riboflavin migraine dosage of 400 mg daily for three months reduced migraine days by half. Another study indicated that a dose as low as 25 mg may have similar efficacy.
Riboflavin, combined with beta-blockers (e.g. Metoprolol, bisoprolol) may be an effective riboflavin migraine prophylaxis. A study published in the journal Headache found that both treatments have similar levels of efficacy but work through different physiological mechanisms, and combining the two may result in better migraine prevention.
Researchers have also found that riboflavin isbest used as an adjunct, or companion, therapy to other migraine treatments. It is largely safe, inexpensive, and apparently effective with few side effects.
Riboflavin provides migraine relief by regulating cellular metabolism and increase energy production in the mitochondria of the cells. It has been theorized that migraineurs may have reduced energy activity within the mitochondria of the cerebral blood vessels, and this could be why riboflavin works as a migraine therapy.
Dietary sources of riboflavin include milk and dairy products, eggs, cereals, meats, and dark green vegetables. Riboflavin is light sensitive, and the riboflavin content of these foods quickly degrades with prolonged exposure to light. Milk in a cardboard container may retain riboflavin better than milk in a glass bottle.
Riboflavin deficiency is uncommon, and is usually a result of a diet that is inadequate in these riboflavin-rich foods.However, it can also be caused by certain gastrointestinal disorders and liver disease. Riboflavin deficiency rarely occurs on its own. It is usually linked to other B-vitamin deficiencies.
Side effects of riboflavin supplementation include upset stomach, diarrhea, and flavinuria – or dark yellow urine. Flavinuria is a harmless side effect. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to riboflavin supplementation, indicated by a skin rash, breathing problems or swelling.
Riboflavin can interfere with the efficacy of certain antibiotics and sulfa drugs. Inform your doctor if you are prescribed these medications while taking riboflavin supplementation. You may wish to suspend your riboflavin supplementation temporarily.