Many people in Germany suffer from headaches. According to a survey by Forsa (2013), 9% of participants stated that they suffer from a headache at least once a week. Approximately 9% experience the condition several times a month, while 12% are affected once a month. This means that approximately ¼ of our population suffer from headaches on a regular basis, and their professional performance and personal lives are affected by this pain. Participants have listed the following reasons for their headaches:
- stress and changing weather conditions
- lack of sleep
- inadequate living and sleeping conditions
- wrong diet
Besides foods that cause headaches, however, there are also those that can prevent and soothe them. The following food groups possess such properties:
The valuable vitamin B (riboflavin) plays an important role in preventing and treating headaches.
- Dark vegetables (spinach, kale, amaranth, rocket, lettuce)
Spinach, for instance, contains a lot of B2 and B6 vitamins alongside good omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of headaches.
- Nuts and seeds
We already explained in our blog entry “Oil press cake and vegetable proteins: So much more than just a diet product!” that many consumers who suffer headaches have low magnesium levels. Nuts and seeds can help: they are rich in minerals, vitamins, folic acid, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, linolic and linoleic acid.
- Red meat
Has large amounts of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B2.
- Wholegrain products (buckwheat, barley, bulgur, whole oats, wholegrain bread, quinoa)
These products counteract hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels), which is known to cause headaches. It is recommended to consume complex carbohydrates and fibre to maintain even insulin levels.
- Cold-water fish
Very good omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease headaches significantly. Sourcehttp://www.nu.nl/cookloveshare-mediapartner/4317742/last-van-migraine-of-hoofdpijn-eten-kan-helpen.htmlhttp://www.prevention.com/food/7-foods-that-can-help-prevent-migraines/slide/7