Identify Tyramine Buildup in Certain Fruits and Vegetables

 

For the majority of us, certain odors allow us to determine when we should not consume particular foods anymore. The more pungent the odor, the more likely it is that the foods have gone bad. Unfortunately for migraine sufferers, it is not that easy. For us, the buildup of tyramine is one of the major triggers of migraine headaches. Tyramine builds up as the food ages and certain foods contain higher amounts of tyramine than do others. Sometimes there is no particular smell to alert us that we should avoid a particular food.

In this article, I describe easy ways to identify high levels of tyramine in a few every day fruits and vegetables.

For a more detailed discussion on tyramine, you can read the “Tyramine” article, located in the “In Focus” section.

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Amazing: Doctors and Patients Recall Migraine Visits Differently

Doctors and Patients differ on how they view their meetings

A recent survey found that doctors and patients recalled their migraine visits very differently. The survey indicated that a high percentage of doctors (Above 70%) discussed the timing of migraine medication intake, specific migraine triggers, and other potential migraine cures, while only an average of 19% of patients could recall those conversations. In other words, doctors think that they adequately cover the topics that they feel are important for migraine sufferers. Patients, on the other hand, do not believe that doctors sufficiently cover the topics they feel are important to them. The survey, conducted by Harris1, asked 1,218 diagnosed migraine patients and 533 physicians who routinely treat five to ten migraine sufferers per week.

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Should you avoid nightshade vegetables?

To avoid or not avoid the nightshade

Certain foods from the nightshade family can contribute to migraines. Widely consumed vegetables such as eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, paprika, and cayenne pepper are all part of the nightshade family of vegetables. In reality there are over 2,800 species of plants that belong to this group1. There are those who believe that migraine sufferers should avoid this group of vegetables altogether as the nightshade contains neurotoxic alkaloids that can trigger a migraine.  Neurotoxic alkaloids have also been found to impair muscle and joint function.

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Identifying Tension Headaches

Get a handle on your tension headaches!

A migraine is a vascular headache that involves pain on one side of your head in addition to nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. However, there are other types of headaches that are quite common and can easily be treated without the use of medication. Most of us have experienced tension headaches – a type of headache induced by the tightening of muscles in the face, shoulder, and upper back area. These types of headaches are quite common. I would like to discuss the causes behind the tension headache and describe methods that can be used to relieve muscle tension and remove the pains associated with the headaches.

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