Senin, 19 Oktober 2009

Headache Problems? Beware these Headache Food Triggers

Do you suffer from recurring or chronic headaches ? that is headaches that affect your 5, 10 or more times a month? There are certain kinds of headaches that can be triggered by the foods your eat. In fact, one fourth of headache sufferers say that certain foods trigger their head pain. This is because many foods contain substances that can provoke the release of the neurotransmitters implicated in causing headaches. Headaches can be triggered by foods containing the substance. Tyramine, which is a member of the amines group of organic chemical compounds, may influence the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Common foods that contain tyramine include:
  • Chocolate
  • Aged cheese
  • Vinegar (relish, salad dressings, sauces, catsup)
  • Organ meats (kidney liver)
  • Alcohol (especially red wine
  • Sour Cram
  • Soy sauce
  • Yogurt
  • Yeast extracts


    Headaches can also be triggered by foods containing nitrates as preservatives. It is estimated that in the United States there are 12,000,000,000 pounds of nitrite currently used to give meats a pink color and enhance their taste. Foods containing nitrite include:
    Smoked fish

  • Corned beef
  • Bologna
  • Pastrami
  • Pepperoni
  • Canned ham
  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Hamburger
    Monosodium glutamate (commonly called MSG) may also cause headache pain. It is a flavor enhancer that is often sold under the trade name Accent. An estimated 20,000 tons of monosodium glutamate are used yearly to add flavoring to foods such as:
  • Dry roasted nuts
  • Soup and sauces
  • Potato chips
  • Chines foods
  • Salad dressing and mayonnaise
  • Processed or frozen food

  • Finally, there are a number of other food items that can trigger headaches. This includes citrus fruits, dairy products, soybeans, wheat products, onions, fatty foods, seafood, and artificial sweeteners (aspartame or NutraSweet).
    The only real way to determine which foods might be triggering you headache, is to have a diary. There should be one column for the date you experienced the headache and a second for the foods you ate before the headache started. If you fill out this diary religiously for at least a month, you may be able to see a pattern that can help you eliminate the foods that are triggering your headache ? and many of those nasty headaches.


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