Migraine Trigger: Food Allergens
The top food headache triggers are top food allergens.
The most successful studies at reducing or completely eliminating migraines have been from food elimination diets (article link).
Seven reasons why food allergens trigger migraines:
1. A food-allergy elimination diet conducted in 1979 reduced migraines in 100 percent of patients and completely eliminated migraines in 85 percent of patients (study link).
2. A food elimination diet conducted in 1983 reduced migraines in 93 percent of patients and completely eliminated migraines in 89 percent of patients (study link).
3. A food allergen study conducted in 2007 reduced migraines in 85 percent of patients and eliminated migraines in 77 percent of patients (study link).
A 2010 study was also successful in reducing migraines by reducing food allergens (study link).
5. The latest research found that migraines are triggered by something called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) (study link).
The next generation migraine drug blocks CGRP and is shaping up to be the most successful migraine medication ever developed (study link).
CGRP is released from sources of inflammation such as allergens (study link).
6. Food allergens increase inflammation through an immune system response of IgE antibodies.
Migraine sufferers have increased levels of IgE antibodies. The amount of IgE antibodies a migraine sufferer has will determine the severity and frequency of the attacks (study link).
Stop eating food allergens and the IgE antibodies go away.
7. Patients with increased IgE antibodies from allergies have elevated levels of oxidative stress (study link).
People with allergies are four times as likely to have migraines (study link).
The most dangerous migraine food triggers are highly allergenic:
- Wheat products
- Soy products
- Sugar (inflammation)
- Corn products
- Orange juice
- Artificial sweeteners
Reduce or eliminate these top migraine food triggers. There are also a number of individual food allergens.
Individual food allergens:
Virtually any food can be a personal food allergen. They are unique to the individual and are not predictable.
Research shows that food allergens take an average of two to three days to trigger a migraine and testing for food allergens is frequently inaccurate.
Foods can also combine to break the headache threshold.
Because we simply cannot eliminate all food, you need to document all food eaten in a food diary.
Eliminate any food or food combinations that have been eaten within three days of a migraine.
Reducing or eliminating top triggers may improve the headache threshold and make individual food allergens irrelevant.
Step 1. Reduce or eliminate top migraine triggers.
Step 2. Document all other food eaten in a food diary. Eliminate any food or food combination that triggers negative symptoms within three days of consumption.