Choose foods that head off headache

When women who suffered from migraine aura ate foods fortified with folic acid for six months (as part of a recent study at Queensland’s Griffith University), they enjoyed a 14 percent reduction in migraine severity.

According to lead study researcher and Accredited Practising Dietitian Sarah Ingle, that’s good reason for migraine sufferers to “eat more leafy greens (such as spinach, kale, broccoli and Asian greens) and to add more legumes (such as lentils, chickpeas and a variety of beans) to salads, soups and stews.

It’s also important for migraine sufferers to eat wholegrain breads and breakfast cereals, preferably those fortified with folic acid.”

Though Ingle and colleagues studied only women, other research suggests that high-folate foods and B vitamins can also benefit men who suffer from migraine.

“Foods high in these nutrients are also good for bowel health, fibre intake and weight maintenance, so they have many other health benefits besides their ability to reduce migraine episodes,” adds Ingle.
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