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Potential Foods That Can Trigger Migraines | Review and Giveaway

March 21, 2013 by  
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Company: Novartis Consumer Healthcare
Item Reviewed: Excedrin Migraine Prize Pack
Item Given Away: Excedrin Migraine Prize Pack
Start Date: March 21
End Date: April 5

When I get migraines I want to know what has triggered it. Sometimes I can figure it out and sometimes I can’t. One thing that I tend to overlook is what I eat. There are many foods that can trigger a migraine and for people who suffer from them, like me, it is important to be able to tell your healthcare provider what food triggered it and avoid that food and ease your migraines.

I have previously talked about what a great tool the My Migraine Trigger iPhone app is. It has helped me track when I get my migraines, what I was doing or eating, how bad they got and more, which I took to my doctor appointments to show my doctor so they had a better understanding of what is going on. My doctor loves that I am so organized when I come in.

Registered dietitian Keri Gans offers valuable information about potential migraine trigger foods that every sufferer should know:

  • There are many foods and drinks that can trigger migraines, like citrus fruits, nuts, and foods that contain MSG. It’s important for folks to determine which foods are potential migraine triggers for them. By tracking their triggers, people can avoid them in the future, to help prevent or minimizing migraine attacks.
  • Tyramine: Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese and red wine. It’s formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age. A good rule of thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content. Some common foods that contain tyramine include: aged cheeses, red wine, alcoholic beverages and some processed meats.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol increases blood flow to your brain, which can cause migraines and headaches. Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.
  • Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, tannins, (like red-skinned apples or pears) caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG, and nuts or nut butters.
  • Food For the brain: There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium, such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function. Try swapping kale for romaine in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.

For me one of the biggest thing that helps when I am in the middle of a migraine is Excedrin Migraine. I always have it on hand and it helps ease the pain and make it just go away. Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 neurologist recommended over-the-counter brand for migraine relief. It offers convenient and effective relief for migraines and was the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.

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39 Responses to “Potential Foods That Can Trigger Migraines | Review and Giveaway”
  1. Jeanna says:

    For me I think it’s bacon!

  2. Jessica To says:

    For me it is usually spicy food.

  3. Andrea v says:

    Chocolate could be

  4. Linda Kish says:


  5. Jessica says:

    For me it is anything with caffine, especially soda.

  6. Vera S says:

    I think that nitrates in food like hot dogs & other meats can trigger migraines.

  7. DEBIJOT says:

    red wine for sure

  8. Janet F says:

    I think caffeine is a trigger.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. debbie says:

    For me now it is very cold foods, slurpees, sometimes even ice cream that does it.

  10. HappyMomC says:

    chocolate for sure!

  11. Christine W says:

    Chocolate is a trigger for me sometimes

  12. Jennifer says:

    alcohol for sure! Even though I love a glass of wine with dinner, it’s not worth the headache!

  13. sandra says:

    am not sure what triggers mine

  14. sandra says:


  15. Yona says:

    Chinese food

  16. Jammie says:

    caffeine! I don’t have much so when I do it gives me bad headaches.

  17. Tara P. says:

    For me it’s alcohol!

  18. latanya says:


  19. Jemima P says:

    caffeine is not my friend

  20. Austin Baroudi says:

    Alcohol for sure!

  21. Debbie Welchert says:

    MSG and caffine

  22. Becca says:

    From what I see of my friends, it seems to be hard alcohol!

  23. Louis says:

    too much coffee
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  24. lina says:

    probably alcohol & coffee

  25. Jackie says:

    I never real thought about food triggering a migraine. I have heard that some Chinese food (with msg) could.

  26. Angie says:

    Anything with MSG definitely does it for me!

  27. Patti Hess says:

    Sad to say but I believe it’s Chocolate

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  28. lisa says:

    MSG & red wine

  29. Nicole Sender says:

    Spicy foods!

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  31. Lilyana Cruz says:

    Coffee and chocolate!!

  32. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    anything salty…

  33. Maryann D. says:

    Artificial sweeteners can give me migraines

  34. Jill H says:

    I think Chocolate is a trigger for headaches

  35. Wanda McHenry says:

    Ripened cheeses (such as cheddar, Emmentaler, Stilton, Brie, and Camembert)are triggers

  36. Sarah says:

    My husband seems to be triggered my nitrates in wine and anything overly sweet.

  37. TAYLOR CLOSET says:


  38. Wine always give me a bad headache, not sure if it’s migraine related or not!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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