Foods to Heal Your Headaches

What to eat to ease your headache pain.

Foods to Heal Your Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common patient complaints, with 1 in every 6 Americans experiencing severe headache or migraine in the previous three months, according to a study published in The Journal of Head and Face Pain. But when pain strikes, you’re not always able to pop a pill or turn down the lights. There’s an easier and more natural way to get relief: food! With the help of neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi, Dr. Oz reveals the most common headaches and the foods that can help treat and even prevent them.


With the power to stop you in your tracks, migraines often hurt on one side of your head and can also make you sensitive to light or feel nauseated.

What to eat:
Research has shown that riboflavin, or vitamin B2, can help reduce the incidence of migraines by up to 50 percent. Riboflavin improves your brain’s energy metabolism and its muscle cells, protecting them and helping them maintain energy. Aim for about 400 mg a day in foods like quinoa, crimini mushrooms, asparagus – even a glass of low-fat milk, which is about 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance.

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