Strong and violent headaches, flashes under the eyes, nausea, vertigo and high sensitivity to light: the migraine is not limited to a simple headache. The neurological disorder affects many people, women are slightly more affected than men. In severe cases, migraines often lead to work disability, and medications often have a variety of side effects. It may be wise to look for alternatives here: Can a body-friendly substance, taken as a preventive measure as a dietary supplement, help migraine? A study published in November 2018 now examines the effects of the body's own substance Coenzyme Q10 as a food supplement against migraine.
Coenzyme Q10 – a major antioxidant
Coenzyme Q10 counts as a vitamin from a chemical point of view and is formed by the body itself. It is stored in the mitochondria, the "central" of the body. It can also be absorbed mainly by foods of animal origin such as chicken, liver and fish. It is also found in spinach, broccoli, soy and whole grains. Coenzyme Q10 is above all an effective anti-aging agent: thanks to its antioxidant effect, it protects cells against oxidative damage, such as those caused by stress or smoking. With age, however, the body's own production decreases.
Study finds reduction in migraine duration
The meta-analysis included further studies of scientific databases such as Web of Science, PubMed and Cochrane Library. In these studies, the effects of coenzyme Q10 on migraine had already been analyzed and a total of 346 patients were included in the study. Here, data from 226 adults and 120 children could be included. The results of the study could give hope to migraine sufferers: the Q10 food supplement had a more effective effect than the placebo used. The effect of coenzyme Q10 is reflected in a reduction in the number of migraine days per month and a reduction in migraine duration. However, to support the conclusions of the study, further scientific research should follow.