About Migraine Nutrition

by Staff on June 18, 2011

The Definition of a Migraine Headache:

A migraine is a primary neurobiological disorder, resulting from dysfunction of the trigeminovascular system.
At least, that is how MerckMedicus.com, a medical website for U.S. healthcare providers, defines the word migraine. The people that suffer from this disorder are more apt to define the word migraine in an entirely different light. In fact, most sufferers could sum the definition up in one word…Torture. Blinding pain, increased sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, weakness, and blurred vision are only a few of the symptoms associated with this disorder.

The Statistics

According to the National Headache Foundation, over 28 million Americans suffer with migraines, and 70% of that 28 million are female. Migraines can be passed down the family tree. The higher the numbers of people in a family who have suffered from migraines, the higher an individual’s chances are that they too will suffer the debilitating headaches. Migraines can be moderate to extremely severe, often times incapacitating, and can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. How often the headaches occur differs from patient to patient. A few “lucky” people only have to endure one or two every few months, while others are burdened with two or three a week.

The Triggers

According to NutritionMD.org, research has found that certain foods may be the triggers that cause a migraine to form. These foods are dairy products, eggs, citrus fruits, meat, chocolate, wheat, tomatoes, onions, corn, apples, nuts, and bananas, as well as certain kinds of beverages, such as alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Conducting an elimination test, where all above mentioned foods are eliminated from the diet, then reintroduced one by one, can be used to determine if one or more of the foods can be triggering the attacks. Other triggers have been determined to be, but not limited to, stress, menstrual periods, lack of sleep, and birth control pills.

The Remedies

There are numerous remedies, from doctor prescribed medications, making changes in your diet and lifestyle, and natural and vitamin regimens. Natural remedies are becoming more popular as prescription medications are proven to have numerous adverse effects. The herbs feverfew and butterbur, a supplement called 5-HTP, and the mineral magnesium are a few natural remedies that are said to help reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches, though more studies are needed to determine if this is in fact true. Prescription medication is most often prescribed for the pain, but other options are becoming available. A natural vitamin mineral supplement called Dolorapax was developed specifically to prevent migraines from occurring by targeting the inflammatory mechanisms that are now thought to trigger the neurological pain.
Migraines are life-altering occurrences that nobody should have to live with. No matter what remedy you choose to try, talk over your options with your doctor. Always let your doctor know if you decide to try options other than the ones prescribed to you, in case the different remedies interact and cause adverse effects. Thoroughly research each remedy you decide to try, before you begin a new regimen. All information about above remedies can be found online with the use of a search engine.

Cynthia L. Shepp

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