Did you know that 42% of people with migraines are deficient in vitamin D? Research shows that several areas of the brain, including the hypothalamus, which has been implicated in some types of headache disorders, have receptors for vitamin D. This indicates that Vitamin D may be an important factor in preventing migraines. Did you know that vitamin D also reduces brain inflammation and vasospasms?
It is best to use D3 (cholecalciferol) instead of D2 (ergocalciferol) because D3 is about 87% more potent and is also converted into its active form 500% faster that D2.
If getting sun isn’t an option because it triggers a migraine, or you live where there isn’t a lot of sun, or you are light-skinned, a supplement will be extremely helpful. It can take several months for vitamin D supplementation to normalize levels.
Did you also know that vitamin D is extremely important for diabetics? Vitamin D can improve blood sugar control and possibly boosts insulin synthesis. A deficiency of vitamin D has been shown to alter insulin synthesis and secretion. Vitamin D will also elevate your mood, and improve your memory and other cognitive abilities.
Vitamin D is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in the United States. It is estimated that 70% of the U.S. population is not getting adequate D. Another study found that only 10% of the U.S. population had therapeutic levels of vitamin D3 in their systems!