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Magnesium rich diet and cluster headache



Affecting one side of the head, cluster headache exudes an excruciating pain. Bothering people two to three times a day, they are often considered much more severe than a migraine. Also known as histamine headaches, there is no known cause for it, but following a healthy diet can help prevent their onset.


In view of the fact that, low level magnesium content can also be a reason if you suffer from cluster headaches, then Magnesium rich diet can be a normal approach to calm down and handle it. A slight change in your regular diet with more magnesium content is said to help. Green veggies, nuts and seeds, legumes, soybean flour, avocados, basil, poppy seed, cumin seed, savory, fennel seed, shredded wheat, bran cereals, peanut butter, oatmeal, baked potatoes, bananas, spinach, oat flour, whole wheat flour, whole wheat bread, peanuts, pine nuts, squash seeds, blackstrap molasses and pumpkin.



Preventing the onset of the headache, adding magnesium rich produces to your diet not only helps in cluster headaches, but also smoothens the muscles and relaxes them.


Recommended daily allowance of magnesium for a day:

  • Male adult- 270 to 400 mg
  • Females- 280 to 300 mg


With that said, there are certain environmental factors that are also responsible for the cause of this type of headache such as flashing lights, loud noises, smells or perfumes, exposure to smoke and alcohol; cigarette smoking and alcohol are potent triggers for cluster headache.



It is just amazing to know what magnesium does in your body, responsible for over 300 essential metabolic reactions; it synthesizes proteins in the mitochondria and generates energy in most of the body's basic cellular reactions. In order to be metabolized effectively, it shall be taken with adequate calcium in the diet.


Foods that trigger cluster headache- Avoiding caffeinated foods and beverages together with nitrates are important. Processed and smoked meats should be avoided.


Get your daily dose of this fatigue-fighting mineral by eating five servings of these magnesium-rich foods a day.






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