Do you suffer from headaches?

Most migraine sufferers are aware that certain foods can trigger a headache, but most of us are unaware that some foods and even certain vitamins can combat headache symptoms. Here are a few to stay away from and a few to work into your diet:

·Tyramine is an organic compound found in plants and animals during fermentation. Foods highest in tyramine are ripened cheeses, chocolate, nuts, sourdough bread, lima beans, snow peas, pizza, processed meats like pepperoni and salami, chicken livers, olives, pickles, sauerkraut and avocados. Also, limit your intake of figs raisins, papayas, red plums and bananas.

·Aspartame, while not recognized by the National Headache Foundation as a significant trigger for migraines, has been reported to cause problems in some migraine sufferers. If it bothers you, stay away from it and find another sweetener you can better tolerate.

·Obviously, if you drink too much, you may suffer from a headache. But alcohol can cause headaches in other ways also. Alcohol causes a decrease in blood pressure which can directly cause a headache. Also, it acts as a diuretic which can lead to dehydration.

·Caffeine can actually help to relieve headaches in those with occasional headache pain. However, caffeine can trigger new headaches in chronic suffers. Usually if you stick to 200 mg or less per day you can avoid those triggers.

·Fish oil has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. We all know the omega-3’s in fish are good for us anyway so this one is a no-brainer.

·Vitamin B2 in high doses has also proven effective in reducing the frequency of migraines.

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