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Foods which are known to Trigger Headaches
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





Many of us suffer from headaches. Some people are lucky enough to experience only one or two per month, while others have to deal with the throbbing pain a couple times per week. However, no matter how many headaches you get a month, getting rid of them all together seems like a great idea. There have been numerous studies which suggest that certain foods which we consume can trigger migraines. Therefore, by eliminating or reducing the intake of these foods, we are simultaneously reducing or eliminating our chances of developing headaches.

One of the headache triggering foods is aged cheese. Aged cheese, as well as other foods which contain tyramine, has proven to cause headaches in a lot of people. Tyramine, a substance that is found naturally in some foods, is formed during the breakdown of protein in foods as they age. Some of the cheeses and other foods containing tyramine include: blue cheeses, brie, cheddar, stilton, feta, gorgonzola, mozzarella, muenster, parmesan, swiss, processed cheese, certain beans (fava, broad, garbanzo, lima, pinto), certain meats (ages, canned, cured, processed), onions, olives, pickles, avocados, raisins, canned soups, and nuts.

Another headache triggering substance is alcohol. When we drink alcohol the blood flow to our brain increases resulting in a headache. Some of the alcoholic beverages which encourage head pains include red wine, beer, whiskey, and champagne. Food additives are also known to cause headaches in certain people. Food preservatives, such as nitrates and nitrites, dilate blood vessels thus resulting in head pain. And the last but certainly not least of the vicious triggers are cold foods. Cold foods are especially harmful if we are overheated from exercise or hot temperature. So if you suffer from a lot of headaches, try to avoid some of these common triggers.




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