If you suffer from migraines, you know how that knocking pulsating pain in your head drains your energy and leaves you helpless. According to research, about 10 percent of migraines are triggered by foods and there are certain foods that can bring about an attack more than others. Experts believe spotting these triggers can be beneficial in treating them. Below is a list of eight common food offenders that could be the reason behind your migraine.
Ripened cheese such as Cheddar, Emmental, Stilton, Brie and Camembert are high in tyramine, a compound known to trigger migraines.
Research suggests that red wine, beer, sherry and vermouth also have a high content of tyramine. Alcohol can also cause dehydration, another migraine trigger.
3. Coffee & Tea
Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are high in tannins, which might give you an exploding headache if consumed in large quantities.
4. Sweets & Artificial Sweeteners
Doughs and pastries that typically contain yeast should be avoided. Artificial sweeteners can excite the neurons which make them fire spasmodically, thus causing a migraine.
Certain types of breads (especially those made from sourdough), coffee cake, pizza base and freshly baked yeast bread are best left out of the grocery list.
6. Fruits & Veggies
Olives, avocados, citrus fruits and bananas are known to contain ample amounts of tyramine and should be avoided. Dried fruits such as figs, apricots, prunes and plums have sulfites added to preserve them, which can be a sneaky migraine trigger. Check labels carefully before making a purchase.
7. Processed Foods
Processed meats like hot dogs, deli meats, pepperoni or other variants of the cured, canned or aged variety are loaded with nitrites, which are added as preservatives and flavor enhancers. Steer clear of such meats.
8. Foods Additives
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is also a migraine trigger.
If you get migraines often, it may be difficult to keep a track of your triggers. Keeping a food journal can prove handy and help you determine what works for you. Remember every step counts and may prove useful in treating your problem.