Migraine is a chronic neurological disorder with no known cure or specific cause. Common migraine triggers include stress and certain medications, but various dietary choices can trigger them.
Drinks that may trigger migraine include chocolate-based drinks such as hot chocolate, dairy-based drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
While some drinks can trigger migraine, others can help ease or even prevent migraine. However, dietary triggers vary for each person. Therefore, people who do experience migraine might consider avoiding any of the beverages listed below if they know it could trigger an episode for them.
This article explains which drinks can aid migraine, including easing symptoms such as pain and nausea.
The Stroke Association indicates that migraine without aura is the most common type of migraine, affecting up to
It is likely that drinks that aid migraine will also differ from person to person.
Caffeine plays an ambiguous role in its relation to migraine.
If someone knows or suspects caffeine triggers a migraine episode, they might benefit by switching to a decaffeinated coffee brand. Regular coffee drinkers must wean themselves off caffeine gradually to avoid potentially triggering a withdrawal-induced migraine.
Decaf coffee still has the same beneficial antioxidants and polyphenols as regular coffee but without the high caffeine content. The National Coffee Association state that decaffeinated coffee still contains around 2 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per cup. This is 97% less than caffeinated coffee, which contains about 95 mg of caffeine per cup.
Learn more about the links between caffeine and migraine.
While caffeine is one of the most well-known migraine triggers, it can also be a safe and effective treatment.
There is insufficient
People who experience migraine should keep their caffeine intake to less than
Learn more about the benefits of coffee.
Almond milk is high in magnesium, containing about
Swapping out dairy-based drinks, a known migraine trigger, for almond milk could have additional benefits for migraine prevention.
Learn more about the benefits of almond milk.
Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and aids digestion. But both can also be useful in migraine treatment and prevention.
Turmeric and ginger beverages include:
- Golden milk: Golden milk is a popular drink that contains turmeric, ginger, and other spices. Although any non-dairy milk is suitable for golden milk, almond milk enhances its migraine-aiding benefits.
- Turmeric and ginger tea: Many commercial brands offer turmeric and ginger tea.
- Turmeric and ginger shots: Juicing fresh turmeric with ginger may help decrease migraine symptoms. To reap the most benefits, add a pinch of black pepper. Pepper contains piperine, a compound that increases the absorption of curcumin by up to
Learn more about the benefits of turmeric tea.
Feverfew is a small white flower that some people use to make tea, which may help with arthritis, fevers, headaches, and migraine.
Learn more about other herbal remedies for migraine.
For added migraine-related benefits, try drinking mineral water. Mineral water
However, a much older study states that drinking cold water too quickly can also trigger migraine.
Learn more about the overall health benefits of water.
There is no known cure for migraine, but avoiding potential triggers and taking medications can help treat them. Medications
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs):
Some medications may also have side effects.
Learn about injectable medications for migraine.