Scientists may have figured out what truly causes migraine

Admin | Published 2016-10-21 01:00
Maybe the ear-splitting pain will be gone soon - if scientists were right. A new study suggests that migraine is caused by an awful mix of gut bacteria. This is what makes people who suffer from migraine more sensitive to certain food. If this research is correct, then it may offer a plausible explanation as to why some people are more likely to have migraine. It also offers answers to why some food can become "triggers." Antonio Gonzalez, a programmer analyst at the University of California, San Diego said it's all the microbiomes - the bacteria.  

A mouth thing

Gonzales, also the study's first author, said food like chocolate and wine may have nitrates that interact badly with the body. Nitrates can cause vessels in the brain and scalp to dilate when digested efficiently. This is because the food broken down by the mouth and gut's bacteria converts it to nitric oxide. This is a chemical known to aid cardivoascular health by boosting circulation. While this is definitely a good thing, some people that take nitrate-containing drugs for chest pain also report severe headaches. The study was published in mSystems, and explained that of all the samples they had, people with migraines had bacteria linked to breaking down nitrates. Migraines are said to be commonly caused by diet, stress and lack of sleep. Others cite chocolate to cause migraine as well. However, experts say people about to experience migraine have a tendency to crave for sweets, not the other way around. If this study gets improved, then we might get a "probiotic mouthwash" to combat migraines. Source: The Guardian
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