According to a recent research published in October 2016 by Griffith University in Australia, women who have migraine headaches experienced 22 percent reduction in the severity, as well as the disability and frequency, of symptoms when they ate foods that were very rich in folate content. Folate (folic acid in synthetic form) is found naturally in many leafy greens such as kale, spinach, Asian greens, broccoli, turnip greens, as well as many legumes, including chickpeas, lentils, navy beans, kidney beans, black beans and lima beans.
A migraine headache can be severe in most cases, and it typically starts on one side of the head and may expand gradually to the rest of the head. It is often described as pulsing, throbbing or constrictive pressure and may get worse with reading, movement, working in front of computer, or watching television. Some may even experience an aura-ringing in ears, light sensitivity, dizziness, and many other sensory symptoms that often precede the excruciating pain of migraine. Migraines affect 14-18 percent of population suffers from migraine and it’s found two to three times more in women than men.
Migraine Research To The Rescue
During the nine-month study, researchers closely monitored the diet of 162 Australian women with clinically-diagnosed migraine with aura. As all participants at foods rich in folate, they all exhibited amazing improvement in their migraine attacks. Diet is just one of the many triggers of migraine headaches. Others include genetics, stress, and some hormonal fluctuations.
Besides improving your folate intake you can take many other simple steps to avoid onset of migraine:
- Track your migraine attacks in a diary. Also record your diet, sleep, exercise, and daily stress levels to see what might trigger your headaches.
- Eat your foods at regular intervals and never skip meals
- Curb your caffeine intake, but don’t go cold turkey. Sudden cutting back of caffeine can also trigger migraine attacks. Try tapering off instead.
- Establish your sleep schedule
- Exercises are also important, but sometimes they can also trigger headaches. Note the time of the day you exercise as well as your workout intensity, because they can sometimes relate to migraine
Helping You Stay Migraine-Free
If you have migraines symptoms, then we hope the information I’ve provided here will definitely help you avoid the next one!