If You Get Migraine Attacks, Stop Eating These 7 Foods

There are many things that can trigger migraines, the debilitating pain that can sometimes lead to nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine symptoms may begin one to two days before the headache itself, which is known as the ‘prodrome’ stage, which can include food cravings, fatigue or low energy, depression, hyperactivity, irritability, or neck stiffness.

The migraine attack involves headaches with severe throbbing pain or a pulsating sensation, usually on just one side of the head, which can be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, or extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Here is a list of certain foods that can stop the triggers.

Chocolates:Chocolates are the most common trigger for migraine attacks.

Caffeine: Too much caffeine intake can trigger a migraine attack.

Cheese: According to one study, over 35% of participants with migraines said that alcohol is one of the common triggers.

Aspartame: Did you know many processed foods are loaded with artificial sweeteners and aspartame, in particular, can cause migraine.

Foods with Monosodium glutamate (MSG): As per The American Migraine Foundation, MSG may trigger severe migraine episodes.

Cured Meats: Nitrates (a preservative found in cured meats) which preserve colour and flavour are found in deli meats, ham, hot dogs, sausages.

Aged Cheese or Tyramine: Tyramine may also act as a trigger, that is found in fermented or aged foods, like aged cheeses and soy sauce.

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  1. Aspartame doesn’t cause migraines, but admittedly it may seem that way. However, the underlying problem often involves a folate enzyme issue. Aspartame’s hydrolysis product methanol is metabolized by the folate vitamin system and there are a number of citations suggesting added folate prevents migraines. So some people are simply folate deficient. But some people have migraines because their biology produces a somewhat different methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). This is called a polymorphism. In this case a cytosine at position 677 replaces a thymine in the coding DNA, and this can alter function of the folate cycle and in turn raise homocysteine by diminishing incorporation of methanol’s oxidation product formaldehyde into a methyl group on methionine (S-methylhomocysteine). These factors seem to underlie many migraines and you can read more at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30451038/ .

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