Man’s severe migraines disappeared when he switched to the vegetable diet

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A sixty-year-old man for over 12 years suffered from severe, debilitating migraines that made it impossible for him to work. He has about 5-6 bouts of pain a month, each lasting about 72 hours. The attacks were accompanied by hypersensitivity to light, phonophobia, nausea and vomiting.

“Most of the time I either had a migraine or recovered,” recalled a patient who desperately checked into the lifestyle clinic outpatient clinic.

Before that, she had tried many therapies. Take medications prescribed by doctors, as well as yoga, meditation, calming down the body and reducing tension (it is believed that there is a link between migraines and stress). In addition, omit a few foods that can potentially trigger a migraine attack (e.g. chocolate, cheese, coffee, alcohol, citrus, dried fruit and nuts). Recently, he has been eating dishes based on wheat and soy milk, toasts of whole-grain bread with peanut mass, plus tuna sandwiches, egg omelets, chicken cutlets, fish, sweet potatoes, and apples.

Pharmacological treatment had no effect. Six months before entering the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in New York City, a man is suffering from migraines more and more frequently. He now had 6-8 seizures a month, which totaled 18-24 days of pain a month. Specialists at the clinic, after performing a series of tests, recommended the patient to radically change his diet – switch to a vegetable diet called LIFE.

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What is “LIFE Diet”

It is short for Low Inflammatory Foods Everyday (LIFE). She recommends that you eat at least 142 g of raw or cooked leafy greens each day (such as cabbage, broccoli, spinach, kale, parsley), drink about 1,000 ml of green smoothie a day, and limit your consumption of whole grains, starchy vegetables, oils and biaki. animals, especially dairy and red meat.

– During two months of using the LIFE vegetable diet, the frequency of headaches drops from 18-24 days per month to one. The patient will stop taking all migraine medications. After three months, the headaches were completely gone – write scientists from Stony Brook University (USA). A description of this medical case will appear in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

Scientists prove that the LIFE diet significantly increases the level of beta-carotene in the body and significantly reduces systemic inflammation (the level of C-reactive biobase in the blood was tested – CRP).

“ Just a month after starting a nutrient-rich plant-based diet that included mostly dark green leafy vegetables, fruit, beans, oatmeal and a green smoothie every day, I was able to stop taking my medications, ” recalls the patient.

The change turned out to be permanent. A man will not experience a single attack of migraine in more than seven years. Therefore, the doctors who treated the patient believe that this experience is worth looking at. On the other hand, experts not involved in the study point out that this is only a one-off case, so it is difficult to draw universal conclusions from it.

Migraine is a debilitating disease and it is important to find ways to treat and deal with it. Diet can play an important role in many diseases, including migraines, but much more research is needed to make conclusions and recommendations, the experts commenting on the report.

Migraine affects over a billion people worldwide. It is characterized by a one-sided, pulsating headache lasting from 4 to 72 hours. Additionally, pain is usually accompanied by hypersensitivity to light and sound, sometimes with nausea and even vomiting. Every drunk person suffers from migraines with auras, which means that even before the attack he feels that his pain is getting closer (for example, he has visual disturbances, scotoma in front of his eyes, balance disorders and others).

rda: BMJ, The Guardian

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