Beacon Transcript – As some sufferers seem to think that certain food products may cause migraines, scientists decided to investigate the matter.
Their study results were published in the October 18, edition of the mSystems Journal, kept by the American Society for Microbiology.
Migraines, which are characterized as intense headaches can lead to serious problems as the intense pounding sensations can even span over a number of days and can be an obstacle in the way of a person’s daily activities.
As the pain experienced usually gets gradually worse, most common activities or sounds and light can become distressful objects and cause the sufferer pain. Nausea and the need to vomit are common side effects of a migraine. Although the are quite a common and widespread problem, their exact cause has yet to be established.
As the United States register almost 38 million migraine sufferers, many people have noticed a link between the problem and nitrates.
Nitrates are usually registered in food such as green vegetables and processed meat, but can also be found in a number of medicines.
As scientists set out to find a possible connection between the pain and the nitrates, they discovered that the people prone to migraines may have a higher level of germs or microbes in certain areas of their body.
More exactly, the American Gut Project data revealed that the digestive system and the mouth of the people who reported migraines contain a higher level of microbes that reduce nitrates. The results were based on about 2,000 digestive result samples and more than 170 oral samples.
As the idea that certain types of foods favor the formation of these intense pulsing headaches, this study may have just discovered a possible link between a person’s food regime, their microbiome, and migraines.
A direct link between the nitrate-modifying microbes and migraines has not yet been found, as the current data was insufficient for establishing the direct cause-and-effect relation between the two.
The scientists involved believe that the higher level of microbes could potentially lead to migraines as nitrate-modifying bacteria lead to the formation of nitric oxide, one of the chemicals that plays a role in the migraine problem.
Still, the study’s researchers have stated that they will continue looking into the possible relation between a person’s microbiome, the microbes that are found there, especially nitrates, and the other elements that may cause migraines.
If this line of study proves right, a new, more efficient treatment for migraines could appear and soothe and free those suffering of their pain.
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