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Skipping Coffee Can Trigger Migraines

Skipping Coffee Can Trigger Migraines

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 November 2016 01:41 PM

Skipping your morning "Cup of Joe,"  is among the dietary triggers that can set off a migraine, a new study finds.

In addition to eliminating coffee – if you’re accustomed to caffeine  – consuming foods high in nitrates or monosodium glutamate (MSG) and drinking too much alcohol were the common potential triggers for individuals who get migraines, the study found.

Dr. Vincent Martin, co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Center at the University of Cincinnati, and his colleagues reviewed 180 research studies on the subject of migraine and diet.

"One of the most important triggers for headache is the withdrawal of caffeine," says Martin. "Let's say you regularly pound down three or four cups of coffee every morning and you decide to skip your morning routine one day, you will likely have full-fledged caffeine withdrawal headache that day."

That said, too much coffee may also present a risk, no more than 400 milligrams daily -- one cup is 125 milligrams -- is probably the maximum for migraine patients, says Martin.

"Large amounts of caffeine can bring on anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as headaches," he explains.

Another trigger the studies pinpointed is MSG, which is a flavor enhancer used in a variety of processed foods, including frozen or canned foods, soups, international foods, snack foods, salad dressing, seasoning salts, ketchup, barbecue sauce, and in Chinese cooking, he adds.

The study also shows that five percent of individuals with migraine were statistically more likely to have an attack on days when they consume nitrites, which are preservatives food in processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham and lunch meat to preserve color and flavor.

Alcohol is one of the most commonly reported dietary trigger factors for migraine and studies suggest vodka and red wines, especially those with highest histamine content are problematic, says Martin of his study, which appears Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain.




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