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March 11, 2015

Diet Effective in Treating Migraine Attacks

Eat-healthy-foodsThe National Institute for Health published a study in 2010 exploring the effects of food sensitivities on migraines and whether an elimination diet of food triggers in fact would reduce migraine attacks. This important first study affirms: it matters what we put into our bodies!  This is what researchers did and what they found:

Following a 6-week baseline, IgG antibodies against 266 food antigens were detected by ELISA. Then, the patients were randomized to a 6-week diet either excluding or including specific foods with raised IgG antibodies, individually. Following a 2-week diet-free interval after the first diet period, the same patients were given the opposite 6-week diet (provocation diet following elimination diet or vice versa). Patients and their physicians were blinded to IgG test results and the type of diet (provocation or elimination). Primary parameters were number of headache days and migraine attack count. Of 30 patients, 28 were female and 2 were male, aged 19–52 years (mean, 35 ± 10 years).

Results: The average count of reactions with abnormally high titers was 24 ± 11 against 266 foods. Compared to baseline, there was a statistically significant reduction in the number of headache days (from 10.5 ± 4.4 to 7.5 ± 3.7; P < 0.001) and number of migraine attacks (from 9.0 ± 4.4 to 6.2 ± 3.8; P < 0.001) in the elimination diet period.

Conclusion: This is the first randomized, cross-over study in migraine sufferers, showing that diet restriction based on IgG antibodies is an effective strategy in reducing the frequency of migraine attacks.

You can find the entire article at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2899772/citedby/

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