Some foods can trigger migraine, and each one works independent of the other. The exact reason for these foods causing headaches is still not known, but researchers believe that some substances in them can interact with nerve system and blood vessels of the brain triggering a migraine attack.
Scientists believe that certain chemicals present in foods actually constrict blood vessels in the brain (by altering the amount of neurochemical serotonin) decreasing blood flow to brain, resulting in a migraine attack.
It has been observed that some foods that cause headaches contain tyramine, which influences the release of serotonin. Some of these foods are:
- Fermented foods
- Soy sauce
- Red wine
So you should avoid each one of them if you suffer from migraine.
Unlike other foods that may trigger headache when they’re consumed, coffee can trigger headaches when it’s not consumed. All those who’re addicted to this beverage often complain of intense pain in their head with withdrawal. Some may report headaches after drinking it while others may get headaches without drinking it.
Sometimes you may get intense pain in your head after eating lemons, sour oranges or mosambis. Sour fruits have high acid content and can disturb pH balance of your blood. Citrus fruits contain histamines and small amounts of tyramine that can add to other triggers.
Many packaged foods contain monosodium glutamate, which can trigger headaches. It’s an additive that brings flavor to packaged foods and is found in packed roasted nuts, potato chips, mayonnaise, diet foods, and other frozen foods.
All packaged foods with artificial sweeteners can give you headaches. These include low-calorie desserts, diet beverages, candies and yogurts.
You should avoid eating leftover food as it contains significant amount of tyramine. Tyramien is derived from amino acid tyrosine that is present in many foods. When food is stored for a long time, this tyrosine gets converted to tyramine. The amount is higher in foods that are not stored properly or refrigerated.