RCT: Diet Restriction helps Migraines?

Reference:Alpay K, et al Diet restriction in migraine, based on IgG against foods: a clinical double-blind, randomised, cross-over trial. Cephalalgia. 2010 Jul;30(7):829-37.

There is no question that in some patients, specific foods can trigger migraines.
E.g. MSG, Aspartame, cheese, chocolate

This RCT investigated the effect of diet modification, (based on IgG testing) on patients diagnosed with migraine.

On average each patient was sensitive to 24 of the 266 foods tested. However both the patients and the physicians were blinded to the blood work results.

Patients were randomised to a 6-week diet of either excluding or including specific foods they were sensitive to.

Basic Results: Compared to baseline, there was a statistically significant reduction in the number of headache days and number of migraine attacks in the elimination diet period.

Clinical Relevance: This is the first randomized, study showing that diet restriction based on IgG antibodies / food sensitivity may be effective in reducing the frequency of migraine attacks.

Posted on: March 29, 2011

Categories: Headache/Vertigo , Modalities / Meds / Supplements

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