Posted by: Kevin G. Parker, D.C.
Pub Med. Gov: Food allergies and migraine-Lancet. 1979
Lancet. 1979 May 5;1(8123):966-9.
Migraines being triggered by certain foods is well established.
Most people think of the common triggers: red wine, coffee, chocolate (especially dark chocolate) and citrus fruits.
The most common offender turns out to be wheat- which appeared to cause problems in 78 per cent of people tested.
Food allergies and migraine.
By: Grant EC.
60 migraine patients completed elimination diets after a 5-day period of withdrawal from their normal diet.
52 (87%) of these patients had been using oral contraceptive steroids, tobacco, and/or ergotamine for an average of 3 years, 22 years, and 7.4 years respectively.
The commonest foods causing reactions were :
tea and coffee (40% each),
chocolate and milk (37%) each),
and corn, cane sugar, and yeast (33% each).
When an average of ten common foods were avoided there was a dramatic fall in the number of headaches per month, 85% of patients becoming headache-free.
The 25% of patients with hypertension became normotensive.
Chemicals in the home environment can make this testing difficult for outpatients.
Both immunological and non-immunological mechanisms may play a part in the pathogenesis of migraine caused by food intolerance.
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