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Foods and supplements in the management of migraine headaches.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19454881     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: Although a wide range of acute and preventative medications are now available for the treatment of migraine headaches, many patients will not have a significant improvement in the frequency and severity of their headaches unless lifestyle modifications are made. Also, given the myriad side effects of traditional prescription medications, there is an increasing demand for "natural" treatment like vitamins and supplements for common ailments such as headaches. Here, we discuss the role of food triggers in the management of migraines, and review the evidence for supplements in migraine treatment. METHODS: A review of the English language literature on preclinical and clinical studies of any type on food triggers, vitamins, supplements, and migraine headaches was conducted. RESULTS: A detailed nutritional history is helpful in identifying food triggers. Although the data surrounding the role of certain foods and substances in triggering headaches is controversial, certain subsets of patients may be sensitive to phenylethylamine, tyramine, aspartame, monosodium glutamate, nitrates, nitrites, alcohol, and caffeine. The available evidence for the efficacy of certain vitamins and supplements in preventing migraines supports the use of these agents in the migraine treatment. CONCLUSIONS: The identification of food triggers, with the help of food diaries, is an inexpensive way to reduce migraine headaches. We also recommend the use of the following supplements in the preventative treatment of migraines, in decreasing order of preference: magnesium, Petasites hybridus, feverfew, coenzyme Q10, riboflavin, and alpha lipoic acid.
Authors:
Christina Sun-Edelstein; Alexander Mauskop
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Clinical journal of pain     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1536-5409     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin J Pain     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-20     Completed Date:  2009-08-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507389     Medline TA:  Clin J Pain     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  446-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
The New York Headache Center, New York, NY 10021, USA. drsun@nyheadache.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Dietary Supplements*
Humans
Migraine Disorders / diet therapy*,  epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Treatment Outcome
Vitamins / therapeutic use*
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Vitamins

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