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Can coenzyme Q10 help with migraines?

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Coenzyme Q10, sometimes called coQ10, is a part of your metabolism. Foods like liver, whole grains, and oily fish like salmon are the primary food sources for this vitamin. Some studies do show it may help prevent migraines. In one small study, some 30 people with migraines were given coenzyme Q10 each day. More than 60% of them had a 50% drop in the number of days they had a migraine. It doesn’t have many major side effects, though you could get an upset stomach or nausea. Doses higher than 300 milligrams daily may affect your liver. And if you take the blood thinner warfarin, coQ10 may make it less effective.

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FDA: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

Association of Migraine Disorders.

The Migraine Trust.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Does Vitamin B2 Prevent Migraines?"

National Library of Medicine.

UCLA Headache Treatment and Research Program.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Cochrane.

National Headache Foundation.

Telgen, L. , September 2015. Cephalalgia

Rozen, T.D. , March 2002. Cephalalgia

Sandor, P.S.  , February 2005. Neurology

The Mayo Clinic.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

Association of Migraine Disorders.

The Migraine Trust.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Does Vitamin B2 Prevent Migraines?"

National Library of Medicine.

UCLA Headache Treatment and Research Program.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Cochrane.

National Headache Foundation.

Telgen, L. , September 2015. Cephalalgia

Rozen, T.D. , March 2002. Cephalalgia

Sandor, P.S.  , February 2005. Neurology

The Mayo Clinic.

Masruha. M. March 2010. Headache,

Peres, M. , August 2004. Neurology

Peres, M. ychiatry, published online May 2016. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Ps

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

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