Diet for People with Headache Disorders

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 through out the day.  You…

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Low-Tyramine Diet for Migraine Disease

Tyramine is produced in foods from the natural breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine is not added to foods. Tyramine levels increase in foods when they are aged, fermented, stored for long periods of time, or are not fresh….

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Cocoa Helpful for Headaches?

Cocoa Helpful for Headaches?

Chocolate is a headache trigger for many people, yet, in a surprising twist, it turns out that its essential ingredient—cocoa—may actually be beneficial for headache. Theobroma cacao—the botanical name for cocoa—has already been shown to improve hypertension and glucose metabolism….

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Chocolate: Headache Friend or Foe?

Chocolate: Headache Friend or Foe?

The 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…

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Diet Can Influence Headache

Diet Can Influence Headache

For some people living with headache disease or migraine disorder, dietary choices may cause headache. Certain foods do not necessarily trigger headache, but NHF online survey data suggests that diet causes at least 30 percent of all migraine attacks. Tyramine,…

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Tyramine

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…

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MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) Inhibitors

MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) Inhibitors

MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) inhibitors are a type of antidepressant medication. They are a type of mood elevator that slows down the metabolism of catecholamines, thus preserving them. It is suspected that both MAO inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants may not only…

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Allergies and Headaches

Allergies and Headaches

The relationship between allergies and headache continues to be controversial. Many patients with migraine headache attribute their reactions to certain foods as being an allergic condition. In most cases this is not correct. The vast majority of foods that play…

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