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Food ingredients that trigger migraines and foods that can help

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A certified holistic nutritionist Carly Graftaas talks about foods and food ingredients that trigger migraines and what foods can help. Here are some of her tips that she shared yesterday on Facebook in Natural Healing Plus Foods group.


I have noticed lately that a lot of people are experiencing migraines. I am certified in holistic nutrition, so I like to look at foods first. Here are some tips that I hope you find helpful:

Omega 3 fatty acids can be good for prevention, as can magnesium. Upping the foods that contains these nutrients can help - so flaxseeds and the oil, organic canola oil, hemp oil, and walnuts (or looking into a DHA/EPA supplement.) Magnesium - whole grains, nuts, seeds, green leafy veggies.

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You may know these triggers already, but just in case, here are some common ones that trigger migrains.

  • food additives, preservatives, and dyes (particularly benzoic acid and tartrazine)
  • aspartame
  • tyramine - found in chocolate, wine, fermented foods, and vinegar.
  • salt, sugar, stress

An elimination diet may be worth a try to see if any food allergies or sensitivities are causing the migraines. Also see: How to manage migraine headache with diet.

Reference: Natural Healing + Foods.