Watermelons, Cucurbita, Histamines, & Migraines

As migraine sufferers, we need to understand watermelon

One of the many important things we need to realize about watermelon is that it is considered both a fruit and vegetable, that inhibits formation of histamines. Not only does watermelon contain seeds but it is also harvested from the field. It is part of the Cucurbitaceae family that includes cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash. Those of us who suffer from migraines should consider that an intolerance to one or more members of this particular plant family may mean an intolerance to many if not all members of this group.

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The National Headache Foundation’s “Low Tyramine Headache Diet”

Low Tyramine Diet

The National Headache Foundation has posted a low tyramine diet on their website. It helps migraine sufferers identify and avoid diets containing large amounts of tyramine. In other parts of my blog I have discussed some of these low tyramine diets- I am not going to delve into each one. However, I will leave a link to the list so that each one of you can use this information. This list is a good starting point to identify certain foods with high tyramine content. Try a diet with lower tyramine in order to lessen migraines.

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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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What is Tyramine?

Tyramine is a naturally occurring substance in foods

Tyramine is produced in foods with the natural breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine(1). It is thought to cause the dilation and contraction of blood vessels. In other words, as high protein food ages in your refrigerator, tyramine is produced. This is particularly  important for people prone to migraines since high levels of tyramine can be a significant migraine trigger.

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