Recently, a new hope emerged in the findings of a new study from Turkey in the case of chronic migraines. Researchers from Yuzuncu Yil University have uncovered heavy metal toxicity as a probable cause in this mysterious and debilitating condition that affects millions of people. That makes detoxification and fortification with beneficial nutrients a potential cure.
Migraines aren’t caused by one specific “trigger”, so many physicians don’t really know how to help their patients who suffer from them. According to The latest science, trying to identify a trigger might be the wrong approach. Many migraine sufferers think that their migraines could be indicative of a metabolic abnormality that requires a dietary or supplemental approach to healing.
This approach focuses on alleviating symptoms rather than dealing with the root cause while it’s identifying and addressing the various triggers of migraine headaches that might provide temporary relief for many patients. Looking for metabolic diagnostic indicators creates a framework for developing a comprehensive healing approach that will provide lasting health benefits for migraine sufferers.
The researchers from this university did just that. They developed a diagnostic tool for looking at blood composition. They all came to the conclusion that migraine sufferers might be suffering from heavy metal toxicity, nutrient deficiency, or some combination of both and they were right.
They examined 50 patients, 25 of whom had been diagnosed as suffering from chronic migraines, and divided them into two groups. They collected blood samples from both of the groups and conducted an analysis of these samples using atomic absorption spectrophotometry.
None of the participants had been taking any antioxidants or multivitamin supplements at the time of the study. They also didn’t smoke, consume alcohol, abuse drugs, or suffer from health conditions such as liver or kidney disease, heart disease, or chronic inflammation. The members of the migraine group had previously been admitted to a hospital for diagnosis and medical treatment in accordance with the guidelines set by the International Headache Society.
The results proved that those in the migraine group had substantially higher levels of certain heavy metals in their blood compared to the control group. These metals were: cadmium, iron, lead and manganese. The migraine group was also deficient in certain beneficial trace minerals, including copper, magnesium and zinc.
Causes Of Migraines
Good health comprises of maintaining a proper mineral balance, which includes both “microminerals” (minerals that the body requires in small amounts) and “macrominerals” (minerals that the body requires in larger amount. The findings of this study proved that migraine sufferers tend to not only have mineral imbalances and deficiencies but also excess levels of harmful elements inside their bodies. Those abnormalities can lead to hormone imbalances, neurotoxicity, or in this case, excruciating head pain in the form of migraines.
Our body requires just the right amounts of trace minerals so that it can perform necessary functions such as nutrient metabolism and enzymatic breakdown, all of which are critical in maintaining homeostasis. Bodily tissue can become inflamed when these levels are thrown out of balance, which later results in a host of chronic diseases.
“Interestingly, when the body is deficient [in] a particular type of mineral, our metabolism will typically substitute another type of mineral for that function — one with a similar atomic configuration,” writes Case Adams for GreenMedInfo.
“This substitution often leads to suppressed metabolism – which can result in greater amounts of inflammation and greater fatigue, stress — and now we can say — a greater risk of migraines.”