He's had migraines since he was around 6 and been treated for them. We are also adding Magnesium Oxide and Butterbur along with abortive drugs to stop the migraines he does get. Figured I'd share this info in case there are other people like me who didn't know about this migraine treatment.
This link had a lot of info: http://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/riboflavin-vitamin-b2/
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) for the treatment of migraine headaches: an introductionRiboflavin is a B vitamin that is essential for growth. Riboflavin, also known as Vitamin B2 or B2, can also be produced synthetically. It is often used as food coloring and to fortify foods including baby foods, cereals, and cheese. Riboflavin is destroyed by light, so food containing this vitamin shouldn’t be stored in clear containers.
Food containing Riboflavin
- Turnip greens
- Whole grains
- Lean meat
Riboflavin and migrainesRiboflavin supplements have been used for more than three decades as natural remedy for newborns with jaundice and ariboflavinosis (riboflavin vitamin deficiency). More recently, Riboflavin, in high doses, has been identified as a vitamin that can help migraine sufferers.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and migraine headachesRiboflavin is necessary for growth and for the production of red blood cells. Riboflavin also plays an important role in how our bodies gets energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Migraine sufferers may not have enough Vitamin B2. This makes Riboflavin a potential treatment option. Because migraines can be caused by many events in the body, Riboflavin is often used in combination with other migraine treatments.
Studies on Riboflavin and MigrainesOne 1998 study of 80 patients who suffer from migraine with aura or migraine without aura found that 400 mg of Riboflavin worked better at preventing migraines than an inactive placebo pill. After three months, patients in the Riboflavin group experienced fewer migraines and deceased severity of migraines than those in the placebo group. Here’s a breakdown of how many patients benefitted:
- Riboflavin cut the number of headache days at least in half : Riboflavin 50% , Placebo 15%
- Headache days per month : Before Riboflavin 4 days , After three months of Riboflavin 2 days
- Pain killers used per month : Before Riboflavin 7 units , After three months of Riboflavin 4.5 units
Formulations of Riboflavin availableRiboflavin is available as:
- Tablets, Enteric Coated