Protein is the nutrient responsible for building, maintaining, and replacing the tissues in the body. It is also used in building muscles and for growth. This nutrient is found in beef, poultry, fish eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Excessive consumption or lack of this nutrient, however, can cause headaches.
Headaches occur because protein is responsible for the absorption of riboflavin, which can be effective in reducing the severity and frequency of headaches. The lack of vitamin B causes low red blood cell count, which in turn causes the head to ache.
Excessive intake of this nutrient can also cause a headache, as it causes the blood sugar level to go down, which then causes the headache.
Protein is indeed important to the body, and the key to avoiding protein-related headaches is to maintain a well-balanced diet. Also, remember that it’s still best to consult your doctor to determine the underlying cause of the headache, even if you suspect an excessive or deficient amount of protein.
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