Red Meat, Nitrate Acid; See reasons why some foods cause migraine
Those among the category of people suffering from migraines often say that eating certain foods always triggers their headaches, but according to new study, it suggests that it might not always be the foods but rather, the bacteria in the mouth may be playing a role also.
The research found that people with migraines harbored more bacteria in their mouths, with this bacteria’s having the ability to modify chemicals called nitrates, compared to people without migraines.
You know some of this migraine triggering foods contain nitrates, including processed meats and green leafy vegetables, as well as certain medications.
Researchers further saying that having greater amounts of bacteria in the mouth that modify nitrates could contribute to headaches in some people. With this bacterias helping to convert nitrates into nitric oxide, a chemical that is thought to play a role in headaches.
According to a publication on the Oct. 18 issue of the journal mSystems, researchers wrote that “Bacteria in the oral cavity may contribute migraine triggering levels of nitric oxide,”. Also, the study found only an association between these bacteria and migraines, and cannot prove that the bacteria can cause migraines. The authors said they hope that their study spurs more research into how oral bacteria could be connected to migraines.
Co-author Antonio Gonzalez, a programmer analyst at the University of California, San Diego Studies shows that; For now, if people suspect that nitrates are triggering their migraines, they should try avoiding nitrates in their diet.
In this study, the researchers analyzed 172 oral samples and nearly 2,000 fecal samples from healthy people who participated in the American Gut Project, one of the largest crowd-sourced science projects in the U.S. Thousands of people in the general public contributed samples to the project to have their microbiomes analyzed.