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Migraine Headaches-Food Allergies-journal of Cephalalgia 2010

May 17, 2011

International Headache Society 2010

Cephalalgia– 2010 Jul;30(7):829-37. Epub 2010 Mar 10.

Diet restriction in migraine, based on IgG against foods: A clinical double-blind, randomised, cross-over trial

-Kadriye Alpay, Mustafa Ertas¸Elif Kocasoy Orhan, Didem Kanca U ¨, Camille Lieners and Betu¨  Baykan

Pub Med. Gov:

This 2010 study in the journal Cephalalgia studied the link between migraine headaches and food allergies. 

The study demonstrated that allergic food elimination greatly reduced intensity, frequency, and duration of migraine headaches in patients.

 “ The concept that food may trigger some symptoms creates an increasing pressure on the health care system to investigate possible causal relationships between food intake and specific diseases…there is a need for an individualized approach to diet to relieve migraine.”

 **side notes from me….Gluten is frequently one of the culprits and confirms the fact that the foods we eat can contribute to disease.  Hopefully this provides more information for people to help educate others and their physicians.

Conclusion: This is the first randomised, cross-over study in migraineurs, showing that diet restriction based on IgG antibodies is an effective strategy in reducing the frequency of migraine attacks.


Introduction: It is well-known that specific foods trigger migraine attacks in some patients. We aimed to investigate the effect of diet restriction, based on IgG antibodies against food antigens on the course of migraine attacks in this randomised, double blind, cross-over, headache-diary based trial on 30 patients diagnosed with migraine without aura.

Methods: Following a 6-week baseline, IgG antibodies against 266 food antigens were detected by ELISA. Then, the patients were randomised to a 6-week diet either excluding or including specific foods with raised IgG antibodies, individually. Following a 2-week diet-free interval after the first diet period, the same patients were given the opposite

6-week diet (provocation diet following elimination diet or vice versa). Patients and their physicians were blinded to IgG test results and the type of diet (provocation or elimination). Primary parameters were number of headache days and migraine attack count. Of 30 patients, 28 were female and 2 were male, aged 19–52 years (mean, 35_10 years).

Results: The average count of reactions with abnormally high titre was 24_11 against 266 foods. Compared to baseline, there was a statistically significant reduction in the number of headache days (from 10.5_4.4 to 7.5_3.7; P<0.001) and number of migraine attacks (from 9.0_4.4 to 6.2_3.8; P<0.001) in the elimination diet period.

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