Migraine headaches have been around for thousands of years and have been described in the ancient medical texts.
If you or someone you love suffers from migraine, you know the symptoms: blinding pain, so severe it causes nausea, sometimes associated with jagged vision, flashing lights, numbness or tingling, lasting for hours.
Although a group of drugs called triptans can be effective at relieving migraine, preventing these headaches is a major challenge.
So I am writing to share my knowledge and bring to light research, references, links and resources to help people learn more about this topic.
Many factors may act as migraine triggers, including stress, odors, temperature and hormonal changes, but the single migraine trigger over which you have the greatest control is food.
Migraine Headaches and Diet
Over the past 150 years, numerous researchers have reported a link between migraine and the food we eat. Some scientists attributed this link to allergy, others to a chemical effect of food on the brain.
Migraine diets have been developed but are of limited value for most people. They're based on the idea that certain foods, like nuts, cheese and chocolate, contain chemicals that produce changes in blood flow, which trigger the onset of headache.
The problem with the chemical induction theory of migraine is that it's never been proven to really occur.
Red Wine Headache
The only headache that's been proven to be chemically triggered is red wine headache, which is quite distinct from common migraine.