More than 39.7 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, and many more around the globe live a miserable life due to this disorder. Migraine headache is characterized by throbbing pain and sound and light sensitivity. It can last from few hours to days. There can be many triggers for migraines, include diet concerns, sleep patterns, stress and depression. Cheese is an important dietary factor that may affect people with migraines. You can easily avoid an attack if you know which of the available cheese is safe for you and which one you should avoid.
If you’re suffering from migraines, try fresh cheese, which has not gone through process of aging, as it will not trigger attack. Fresh cheese includes cottage American, farmer’s, mozzarella, cream and ricotta. Sometimes mozzarella cheese is aged, so it is best to check the label. You might also be able to tolerate soy and processed cheeses.
All cheese varieties that go through an aging process can trigger migraine in many people. Aged cheese includes Blue, Cheddar, Gouda, Parmesan, Swiss, Gruyere and in some cases Mozzarella. Cheese may age for different amounts of time, and it depends on variety. So it is best to pay some attention to the type of cheese which you generally eat and whether you get a migraine or not. This approach can show if cheese is one of your migraine triggers, and whether you should avoid it.
Aged cheese are more likely to trigger migraines because they are rich in a substance called tyramine, a big migraine trigger. It is formed in foods as they are fermented or age; it emanates from an amino acid tyrosine. Fresh cheese has very low amount of tyramine, but exercise caution until you understand all about your personal migraine triggers.
You can still eat aged cheese, except cheddar, if you’re taking MAOI medication. According to the National Headache Foundation, its best to eat no more than 4 ounces of cheese in your meal; if you’re eating processed meat, the combination of cheese and meat should total no more than 4 ounces. Check with your doctor ad exercise caution before experimenting with cheese.