Migraine Prevention: Antioxidants from Sulfurous Foods

Migraine Prevention: Antioxidants from Sulfurous Foods

Antioxidants fight oxidative stress—the largest migraine trigger. You want to raise antioxidant levels in the blood, where they count. Sulfurous foods do just that.

Sulfurous foods, such as collard greens or broccoli, promote an antioxidant in your blood called glutathione—coined the “mother of all antioxidants” by Dr. Mark Hyman (research link).

According to Dr. Hyman, sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule that acts like flypaper and all kinds of oxidants that are bad for your body stick to it.

The sulfur destroys the oxidants, so your antioxidants don’t need to. You end up with higher levels of glutathione in the blood.

“antioxidants are not a thing but an action”

One would think that you could just eat foods with glutathione or take a glutathione supplement to stop oxidative stress and disease.

However, most glutathione supplements are not effective because your body need various nutrients to actually raise glutathione levels in the blood.

This is why researchers argue that antioxidants are not a thing but an action.

There are hundreds of compounds that have antioxidant properties and sulfur is one—a major one (study 1, 2).

Sulfur is an Antioxidant that you are Probably Missing

Sulfur is now considered an “antioxidant” with the potential to prevent cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer among others (study link).

New research has found that a significant portion of the population may not be getting enough sulfur (study link).

“sulfurous foods should be part of a well-balanced diet”

Make sure you get enough sulfur, but remember that you need more than just sulfurous foods.

Eating only sulfurous foods or taking sulfur supplements could have a negative effect. Other nutrients are required to fight off oxidative stress and disease (Dr. Axe link).

It’s a complex process that we don’t fully understand.

Sulfur supplements should be taken under medical supervision.

Eating sulfurous foods should be part of a well-balanced diet.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are a great source of sulfur. Some examples of cruciferous vegetables are horseradish, kale, collard greens, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, turnip, rutabaga, mustard seed, arugula, maca, watercress, radish, and wasabi. (Wikipedia).

Other sulfurous foods include artichokes, asparagus, avocados, leeks, mushrooms, onions, spinach and many more (research link).

Eat Sulfurous Foods and…

Eating sulfurous foods with a variety of natural fruits, vegetables, meats, and fats may effectively raise the levels of your most important antioxidants which will help fight migraines.

This is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Read the disclaimer.

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