According to The National Headache Foundation, Approximately 12 percent of Americans experience migraines. Headache attacks typically include a throbbing or pulsing pain accompanied by light and sound sensitivity, and sometimes nausea and vomiting, lasting anywhere from four to 72 hours.
Experts agree that knowing what triggers a migraine attack is one of the best ways to avoid the searing or pounding pain of a headache.
Triggers can be diet-related, and chronic headache sufferers often learn which eats and drinks are best for them to avoid. But if certain foods are off limits, are there also foods that help.
The five foods below probably won’t make a headache disappear completely, but they do seem to have preventive powers.
• 1 Spinach
As if you needed another convincing reason to eat your greens, consider this: Those of the leafy variety are rich in riboflavin, a type of B vitamin that has been linked to preventing migraines.
• 2 Fatty Fish
Those potent omega-3 fatty acids are at it again. Their anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the pain of chronic headaches, and the benefit is enhanced when dietary omega-6 fatty acids — found in many food oils — are simultaneously reduced, according to a 2013 study.
• 3 Watermelon
If your headache is dehydration-related, you’re likely to reach for some H2O, stat. But foods with a sky-high water content like watermelon or cucumbers can also help. We get about 20 percent of our daily water intake from food, but watermelon also offers essential minerals you lose when you’re dehydrated like magnesium and potassium.
• 4 Potatoes
Speaking of potassium: The mineral can treat headaches, and we’re often lacking when we’re dehydrated. Despite the banana’s high-potassium reputation, a medium baked spud (with the skin) packs 926 milligrams of the stuff, more than double what’s found in a banana.
• 5 Almonds
A small body of research has examined the importance of magnesium when it comes to treating migraines, without many concrete findings. The authors of a 2012 comment published in the Journal of Neural Transmission write that while magnesium seems to offer some potential in migraine prevention, there’s little to suggest it would help mid-headache.
H/T Huffington Post