6 Reasons Why Avocado Prevents Migraines
Avocado is a nutrient dense superfood. It has just what you need to prevent migraines.
Six Reasons Avocados Prevent Migraines:
Avocados are a powerhouse of antioxidants. Destroying oxidants and oxidative stress will significantly reduce the risk of migraines (full article).
Here are the primary antioxidants in avocado (source):
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance).
- Vitamin E: 14% of the RDA
- Beta-carotene: 1% of the RDA
- Lutein, Zeaxanthin: 271 μg
2. Avocado May Block Blue Light
Avocados have a good amount of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These antioxidants help the eye to block blue light (study).
Blue light is the most common cause of blindness in elderly populations and it’s also a migraine trigger.
Eat avocados to avoid the migraine trigger and aggravator labeled as blue light (full article).
3. Healthy Fat Fights Migraines
Avocado is one of the fattiest plant-based foods. Healthy fats reduce migraine risk (full article).
The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that generates olive oil’s health benefits (Authority Nutrition).
Most importantly, avocado’s fat is needed to metabolize fat-soluble antioxidants such as vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Adding avocado to vegetables can increase antioxidant absorption 15-fold (study). Wow. Wow.
4. B Vitamins
B Vitamins are critical for reducing homocysteine, oxidative stress, and migraines (full article). Avocados are one of the best sources of B vitamins.
Here are the B vitamins in a serving of Avocado:
- Riboflavin (B2): 6% of the RDA
- Niacin (B3): 12% of the RDA
- Vitamin B6: 20% of the RDA
- Folate (B9): 20% of the RDA
5. Migraine Minerals
You need minerals for hydration and migraine prevention (full article). Avocado has more potassium than a banana and is a great source of magnesium (source). You’ll need potassium and magnesium for migraine prevention (full article).
Here are the migraine fighting minerals in avocado:
Calcium: 1% of the RDA
Magnesium: 8% of the RDA
Potassium: 10% of the RDA
Sodium: 7 mg (0% of the RDA)
6. Weight Loss and Satisfaction
A 2013 study found that eating avocado reduces hunger for up to five hours (study). Avocados are high in fiber and low in carbs.
Avocados are great for helping to produce ketones, an energy source that helps prevent migraines (full article).
Hunger is a migraine trigger and obesity increases the risk of migraines by up to 81 percent (full article, #29).
The Risks of Avocado
Some say that avocado could trigger migraines because of tyramine, but this is false.
The tyramine in avocado and all other produce is very little compared to processed foods (study). Some blue cheeses have nearly 50 times the amount of tyramine that avocado does.
Some individuals are allergic to avocados. Avocado allergies are more common for people that are allergic to latex. Avocados could be a migraine trigger in the rare chance you are allergic to them, but it won’t be from the low tyramine content (full article).
Sum it Up
Avocadoes increase antioxidants and decrease the migraine trigger called oxidative stress.
Avocado can help block blue light, a migraine trigger.
Avocado’s healthy fat can increase antioxidants and help produce ketones, which help you lose weight and fight migraines.
Avocado has minerals and B vitamins, which prevent migraines.
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