Headaches: These are the best foods for migraine pain relief according to a study

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Is it possible to fight headaches at the table? According to a study, some specific foods, considered superfoods, could alleviate migraine symptoms

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THEmigraine it is a common and intense headache, affecting about 10% of the world population; about one in five women and one in 15 men suffer from migraines. People who have this disorder are usually treated with pain relievers and should avoid certain foods, such as chocolate and alcohol.

La Mayo Clinicin addition, he highlighted four phases, prodrome, aura, headache and post-drome, and their respective symptoms:


  • constipation
  • mood swings, from depression to euphoria
  • food cravings
  • stiff neck
  • increased thirst and urination
  • frequent yawning


  • visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
  • loss of vision
  • sensations of pins and needles in an arm or leg
  • weakness or numbness of the face or one side of the body


  • throbbing, throbbing, or intense pain
  • sensitivity to light and sound
  • nausea and vomit
  • blurred vision
  • dizziness and fainting


  • confusion
  • moodiness
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • sensitivity to sound and light

According to a new one search taking certain medications, eliminating certain foods from the diet, and doing activities such as yoga offer little, but relief consume dark green leafy vegetables it could instead help treat this disorder.

A systematic review

Experts revealed the case of a man who had been suffering from migraines for more than 12 years: he was taking medications and also eliminating foods such as cheese, chocolate, nuts, caffeine and dried fruit. Beside this he also practiced yoga and meditation, but in the face of the migraine nothing had worked.
According to what the patient reported, the pain lasted about 72 hours and a greater one was added to this sensitivity to light, nausea and vomit. Doctors advised him to adopt the Low Inflammatory Foods Everyday (LIFE) diet, a plant-based diet rich in nutrients. The diet included the consumption of approximately 141 grams of dark green leafy vegetables, raw or cooked each day. He was also told to limit his intake of animal proteins, such as dairy and red meat.

After following the diet for two months, the patient said his migraines had been reduced to just one per month. His duration and severity had decreased and he was also able to consume certain foods, such as eggs and iced tea, which had previously triggered the headache.

It is important to note, however, that the study was in one man only and a much larger review would need to be conducted. This analysis further suggests that a diet based on whole plant foods can offer a safe, effective and permanent treatment for relieve chronic migraine.

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