Migraine and Chronic Headache? Food could be the culprit
Some individuals who suffer from migraines may do so as a result of a food sensitivity to foods that contain higher levels of a food constituent called vaso active amines. In sensitive individuals, exposure to vaso active amines may result in blood vessel dilation in the brain and this may manifest as a migraine.
Vaso active amine sensitive individuals generally have a deficiency of the enzyme involved in the metabolic processing of these amines. As a result of the slower metabolism, there is a subsequent accumulation of the vaso active amines – the so called bottle neck effect – resulting in vaso dilation which may manifest as a migraine.
Each individual should determine how fast their body could cope with these naturally occurring amines.
Results will be dramatic and relatively immediate should these vaso active amines be the culprit.
Exclude the foods known to provide a lot of vaso active amines for at least 2- 3 weeks. After this wash-out period, experiment by adding small servings of these foods to determine how much can be tolerated.
In addition, it may be of value to spread out culprit foods throughout the day. This will allow the body to ‘catch-up’ when it’s not viable to avoid them.
If these foods have been avoided but headaches and migraines persist, other nutritional causes (e.g. blood sugar imbalance due to irregular or insufficient energy intake or even a food sensitivity to e.g. preservatives, should not be ruled out without further investigation.