Eating More Folate May Reduce Migraine Frequency

FolateEating more folate, which is found in various green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, may reduce migraine frequency, a research team from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia has found.

Folic acid, a synthetic form of folate, which is a B-vitamin, has been known to reduce migraine symptoms, but it has not been clear if dietary folate would have the same effect.  Continue Reading


Plant-Based Diet Shows Some Promise for Migraineurs

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Diet may affect migraines for a variety of reasons, and a group of Washington, D.C. researchers recently found that a low-fat, plant-based diet may be beneficial to migraineurs.

The researchers, generally affiliated with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), randomly selected 42 migraineurs, who either received a placebo supplement for 16 weeks or ate a vegan diet (a diet with no animal products) for the same time period. A several-week phase was included in which the subjects eliminated common dietary triggers. After a 4-week period of no treatment, the groups switched to the other treatment modality. Continue Reading




Increased Body Weight Associated with Migraine

Frequent migraine and obesity have long been linked, but now researchers understand that being overweight is also associated with migraine attacks that occur less frequently.

B. Lee Peterlin, DO, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and colleagues recently completed a study that evaluated the link between episodic migraine (migraine less than 15 days per month) and obesity, as well as how age, race and gender affect that link. They found that obese people were 81% more likely to experience episodic migraine compared to individuals of normal weight. Continue Reading