If you’re a migraine sufferer, then you know all about the dreaded moment when those flashing lights start to flicker before your eyes, followed by the awful realisation that the familiar pounding of that intense headache is just minutes away.
If you’re one of the two million Aussies who suffer from migraines, do you have certain food rituals? You may experience an overwhelming urge to soothe the pain with sugary, carbohydrate-rich foods such as biscuits and chocolate or bread and doughnuts. Some sufferers also have intense food cravings a few days before the onset of migraine, whereas others find that their sense of taste changes beforehand, causing them to avoid certain foods. Of course, it mightn’t even occur to us that these cravings and changes in taste perception are warning signs that migraine is imminent — and then that wave of intense pain hits.
Discovering how to stop migraines is the holy grail for sufferers and brain researchers alike. Scientists now believe that migraine-related food cravings could mean that the brain’s trying to stabilise its own chemistry. In addition, there’s compelling evidence that regularly eating foods high in folic acid can significantly reduce the severity of migraine pain. Want to know more about the food–migraine link? Find out in Healthy Food Guide magazine’s August 2014 issue — on sale now!