A new study from specialists reveals that it is mouth bacteria, and not certain foods, the main factor which caused migraines. The explanation is a chemical process between the bacteria and the foods. The reaction can occur with foods such as chocolate, meat, and even with drinks, such as wine. This is the first study to investigate into the matter.
The recent study showing the implication of mouth bacteria was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego. They analyzed samples from no less than 2,200 people who participated in the study. Some of the participants suffered from migraines, and some of them didn’t.
The researchers found out that the migraines were caused by some type of mouth bacteria. What the bacteria do is have a reaction to foods which contain nitrates. Bacteria turn nitrates into nitrite by stealing one of their oxygen atoms. Nitrites enter the bloodstream and can be further converted into substances that could trigger migraines.
The recent study from scientists shows that there are reasons why some people are more prone to migraines than others. It seems that they have a higher level of gut and mouth bacteria which turn nitrates into nitrites, and this is how they develop the nasty headaches.
Doctors recommend people who suffer from migraines to avoid foods which contain nitrates. This means that they should stay away from processed meat, chocolate, and even some of the green vegetables. People also tend to take medication to help them stand the pain.
Researchers are also concerned about the different types of migraines that people can have. They intend to find out if certain types of bacteria trigger particular types of headaches. They suspect that especially Haemophilus parainfluenzae and Rothia mucilaginosa can be associated with migraines, as they turn nitrates into nitrites.
Approximately thirty-eight million people in the United States suffer from migraines. Health specialists have been long trying to discover the reason behind this condition, which is often associated with certain types of food.
The new study was published in mSystems. Professor Antonio González Peña head the project team. He and his team members are aware of the fact that there is no explicit link between the mouth bacteria and the splitting headaches, but there is a high possibility for that to be true. However, further studies in the field will be carried out.
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