Headache Sufferers’ Diet

The first step in the nutritional management of diet-triggered headaches is eating a well-balanced diet. It is especially important to eat three meals a day with a snack at night or 6 small meals spread though out the day.  You should include a good protein source at each meal/snack (i.e. milk, meat, fish) and should avoid eating high sugar foods by themselves, especially when excessively hungry. These actions will help to prevent the ‘hunger headache’.

If you are taking an MAOI drug (i.e Nardil, Parmate) you need to follow a low-tyramine diet. Continue Reading



Chocolate: Headache Friend or Foe?

Compound_chocolateThe impact of chocolate on headaches has been a controversial topic in field of headache research. While studies on the effects of cocoa, a prominent ingredient in chocolate, have previously condemned it as a trigger for headaches, new research suggests that it may actually work to prevent headaches rather than cause them. Continue Reading


Diet Can Influence Headache

In some headache sufferers, dietary choices may cause headaches. Certain foods do not necessarily trigger headaches in all sufferers, but NHF online survey data suggests that diet causes at least 30 percent of all migraines.

Tyramine, a vaso-active amino acid found in foods, is one of the dietary triggers that has been found to cause headaches. Tyramine occurs naturally in certain foods, but increases when they are aged, fermented, stored for long periods of time, or are not fresh. Continue Reading


Tyramine

Tyramine is a vaso-active amino acid found in foods. It precipitates headaches in some sufferers. It is an intermediate product in the conversion of tyrosine (an amino acid present in many proteins) to epinephrine (an active hormone produced by the inner portion of the adrenal gland). Continue Reading