Foods That Trigger Migraine Headaches
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-Foods That Trigger Migraine Headaches
-Amines and Migraine Headache Triggers
-Does Chocolate Really A Migraine Trigger?
Eating regular meals is an important preventative measure for migraineurs. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a potential migraine trigger, so periods of fasting may stimulate a migraine attack. Certain stress hormones released during prolonged fasting may also contribute to migraine. If you must fast for a religious observance or medical test, break the fast with a light meal. After that, be careful to avoid foods that may be triggers for you.
Many foods and food additives have been identified as potential migraine triggers. In most cases. trigger foods contain chemicals that produce changes in body function that are believed to set the migraine attack in motion. Some commonly reported food triggers include:
• Citrus fruits
• Yeast-risen bread and bakery products
• The artificial sweetener aspartame
Amines and Migraine Headache Triggers
Amines are derived from amino acids. İn addition, they include tyramine, histamine, and beta-phenylethylamine. They are vasoactive substances ( in other words, they impact the dilation and/or constriction of the blood vessels). But there may be more to the migraine/amine relationship than just blood flow. Moreover researchers aren’t sure exactly why amines seem to trigger migraine in some people. The amines associated with migraine include:
• Tyramine. Many foods (aged), such as hard cheeses and pickled or fermented foods, contain tyramine, an amino acid formed by the breakdown of proteins.
• Phenylethylamine. Chocolate contains this vasoconstrictor, for instance.
• Histamine. Eggplant, spinach, and certain species of fish contain histamines naturally. Histamines are also found in foods and drinks that ferment, such as vinegars, wine and beer, and sauerkraut.
Does Chocolate Really A Migraine Trigger?
Dark chocolate is a triple trigger threat. Because it contains caffeine, tyramine, and phenylethylamine. On the other hand, Milk chocolate contains only small amounts of tyramine, and it may be a better choice if you need a chocolate fix but are sensitive to this substance.
Tyramine, phenylethylamine, and histamine levels in food can increase as food ages. So if these are migraine triggers for you, take care to buy fish and meat fresh. Then store properly, and cook it in a timely manner. Don’t keep leftovers around longer than a day.