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.

Migraines

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.

Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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