TORONTO — Eating dark green, leafy vegetables with your meals may provide relief from severe, chronic headaches, according to a case study reported by doctors that successfully treated a man who had an acute form for more than 12 years. He was suffering from mild migraine. ,

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The peer-reviewed case study, published in BMJ Case Reports, is the latest evidence to suggest that certain types of food may be an effective option for treating severe migraines, the authors said.

“While medicine plays a central role in the prevention and treatment of migraines, there is increasing evidence that dietary interventions may also provide an effective approach to migraine management without the adverse effects associated with certain medications,” he said recently. Keeping in mind a study was written in the paper. found that a low-fat, plant-based diet reduced migraine pain as well as its duration.


The 60-year-old patient in the case study had experienced frequent migraines for twelve-and-a-half years and found little relief from various conventional treatments and remedies.

Migraine medication such as zolmitriptan and topiramate, cutting out certain types of food such as chocolate and caffeine that can potentially cause headaches, and meditation practices such as yoga all had no effect. They also tried other types of interventions to reduce stress, which can also be a trigger.

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For most of those years, the man experienced four to six headache attacks a month, often for a total of 12 to 18 days at a time. The headache eventually became chronic, coming on suddenly with intensity, including throbbing pain in the forehead and temple. In a given month, the patient will suffer from severe migraines 18 to 24 days a month. The attacks made her sensitive to light and sound, causing nausea and vomiting.

“I’m a photographer, and migraines have made my job nearly impossible,” the unnamed patient said in the report.

“Before I changed my diet, I suffered from six to eight debilitating migraines a month, each lasting 72 hours. Most days, I was either getting migraines or recovering from one.” .. If I missed the 15-30 minute medication window, the migraine would be 12 out of 10, and I could end up in bed in a fetal position.

This particular patient also had other medical problems including allergies and was HIV positive, both of which can be the source of the headache. But doctors noted that “the patient’s headaches did not fluctuate when her seasonal allergies flared up in the spring or responded to treatments that eased her allergies.” His HIV status – and the antiviral drugs used to treat it – are also known to be causing the headache, but stopping antiretroviral treatment was not an option.

Doctors put her on a low-inflammatory foods daily (LIFE) diet, which avoids processed foods and meat, and focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits. Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and watercress are especially good sources of nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory foods.

Their diet included eating at least five ounces of raw or cooked dark leafy vegetables daily and limiting their intake of whole grains, starchy vegetables, oils and red meat.

After just two months on the diet, the number and number of migraines dropped dramatically along with the length and intensity of those attacks. The patient reported only one episode a month and stopped all of her prescription medications and even tried foods that might have normally triggered the attack.

After three months, the migraines completely disappeared, the result of which “far exceeded the goal of treating migraines with medication, which is to reduce the frequency of migraines by 50 percent per month,” the doctors wrote in the paper. Is. The results were also long lasting, keeping the patient headache free for seven and a half years.

“I am no longer a prisoner in my body. I have my life back,” the patient said in the paper.

To the authors’ knowledge, this case study is the longest successful treatment of chronic migraine through dietary intervention published.

Doctors noted in the report that their serum beta-carotene levels, found to be highest in dark leafy vegetables, more than tripled after starting the diet. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids have been proven to reduce systemic inflammation and oxidative stress, which is an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals, unstable atoms in your body that can damage cells.

“Interestingly, when the patient started the Life Diet and his migraine frequency decreased, he also achieved allergy relief and improved lipid levels, reducing the need for albuterol and rosuvastatin, respectively,” the authors wrote. Wrote. Albuterol, popularly known as Ventolin, treats wheezing and shortness of breath, while rosuvastatin, sold as Crestor, is a cholesterol medication.

“This report suggests that a whole food plant-based diet may provide a safe, effective and sustainable treatment for reversing chronic migraine. While this report describes a very disciplined patient who had a remarkable response, LIFE The diet reduced migraine frequency within 3 months in several additional patients.”