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Healthy foods for Migraine

Healthy foods for Migraine

Occasional headaches are common for anyone.

3/4th of people in the age group of 18 to 65 experience headache in a period of a year across the globe as per WHO. More than 20 per cent of people have a migraine, a severe form of headache which develops on one side of the head.

Other symptoms of migraine include nausea and light sensitivity.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) says that plant-based foods help reduce a migraine headache.


Here is a list of certain foods that are beneficial to the people who suffer from migraine:

  • Adding various colored foods in the diet helps reduce a migraine headache due to the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in them.
  • Dehydration may also lead to the triggering of a migraine attack. Hence, eat fruits like melons and berries to prevent risk. Tomatoes and cucumbers also help in this regard.
  • Magnesium is one of the important minerals to control migraine attacks. Brown rice is a great source of this mineral. So, eat brown rice regularly.
  • Natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup etc. also help control migraine. These foods increase antioxidants and reduce headache thereby.

Certain foods are to be avoided to prevent a migraine attack:

  • Chocolate triggers a migraine. It is the second most migraine triggering food as per the American Migraine Foundation. Due to its caffeine and beta-phenylethylamine, it can trigger a headache. Alcohol stood in the first place.
  • Foods like cheese that have tyramine are associated with migraine attacks. Hence, do not consume cheese or limit your consumption.
  • Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, stevia and sucralose also trigger the attacks. Hence, stay away from the foods that have these sweeteners like soft drinks, baked food, jams, jellies and candies.
  • Salty foods like instant noodles, pasta sauce, mixed nuts etc. increase blood pressure and thereby chances of migraine.
  • MSG foods, frozen foods, canned foods, cured meat, fermented food and pickles are some other foods to be avoided to prevent a migraine attack.

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