There’s food that can make your headache worse. Then there are those that can make your head feel better. Take a closer look at the latter and find out which vitamins and minerals give these goodies their headache-relieving properties.
Headaches happen when nerves in the head are inflamed. Thus, magnesium’s ability to promote nerve function by relaxing blood vessels is helpful for relieving headaches.
Bananas, brown rice, almonds, cashews, legumes
Everything in the Vitamin B family
These vitamins stabilize bodily functions by regulating nerve function and blood sugar levels, encouraging the release of hormones like serotonin, and alleviating one’s mood, which in turn diminishes the pain caused by headache.
Tuna, salmon, cod, calf’s liver, turkey, bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leeks, garlic, tomatoes
This mineral helps increase your body’s red blood cells, which transport oxygen to your brain. Without this mineral, you’ll suffer from fatigue and irritability, aside from headaches.
Liver, shellfish, sesame butter a.k.a. tahini, caviar, sunflower seeds, squash seeds, dried apricots
Like magnesium, phosphorus keeps your nerves in good shape, thereby alleviating your headaches. It also keeps your body’s energy levels in check.
Dairy products, parsley, figs, nuts, celery
Fiber keeps your blood sugar at an optimum level and your headache at bay.
Whole grains, leafy vegetables
Dehydration is one of the possible causes of your headache. Naturally, “hydrating” is the best cure; water or fruits rich in liquids should fix this in a jiffy.
Watermelons, grapes, cherries, papaya, and peaches.
As you can see, you have plenty of headache-relieving treats to choose from. Not only will your headache be relieved, but you’ll also save money, lessen trips to the doctor, and satisfy your hunger all at the same time. Bon appetit!
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