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What is migraine?
Migraine is a type of headache that typically affects one side of the head and causes intense throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation. Along with the pain, individuals often experience sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Migraine attacks can last anywhere from a few hours to several days and can significantly interfere with daily activities.
Fortunately, there are medications available that can help prevent some migraines and lessen their severity. Combining medication with self-help remedies and lifestyle adjustments may also be beneficial in managing the condition.
Can eating apples relieve migraine pain?
Not exactly. There is no concrete scientific evidence to suggest that apples can alleviate migraine pain. But research published in 2020 indicates that diet plays a significant role in triggering or relieving migraine symptoms. As such, dietary changes are an essential risk factor to consider in managing migraine pain. Further research is needed to fully understand how diet impacts migraine.
The research also informs that there is a risk of nutritional imbalances that could lead to adverse effects if not carefully monitored by a qualified healthcare provider. Therefore, paying attention to lifestyle and behavioral changes that may help prevent or delay migraine attacks, such as maintaining proper nutrition and hydration, practicing good sleep hygiene, relaxation techniques, and social activities is crucial. By taking a holistic approach, individuals with migraines can improve their quality of life and manage their symptoms more effectively.
Dr Abhishek Juneja, Neurologist explains ‘Consuming a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and leafy greens, which are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, can be beneficial for mental health. However, while apples are a nutritious fruit, there is no evidence to suggest that they are specifically effective in relieving migraines’.
What can be the dangers of trying to cure migraine at home by eating apples and not seeking medical advice?
While apples are generally a healthy food choice, relying solely on them to cure migraines without seeking medical advice can be risky. Migraines can have multiple triggers and not all migraines are caused by dietary factors. It’s possible to mistake migraines for other types of headaches or misdiagnose the cause of migraines by assuming they are caused by diet. This can lead to delayed or inappropriate treatment and potentially worsen the condition.
Nutritionist Priyanka informs ‘Migraine attacks triggered by certain foods are common, and identifying and avoiding these food triggers can help alleviate symptoms. However, since migraines are a complex condition requiring a multifaceted approach, simply eating an apple on an empty stomach cannot reliably relieve migraine pain’.
Also, eating only apples or relying on a limited diet to manage migraines can lead to nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. This can negatively impact overall health and well-being and exacerbate migraine symptoms. Moreover, eating too many apples or making significant changes to your diet without medical supervision can cause adverse effects, such as gastrointestinal discomfort, allergic reactions.
Besides this, if migraines have occurred because of an underlying medical condition, such as a hormonal imbalance or neurological disorder, relying solely on apples to treat the symptoms may delay proper medical treatment. This can lead to the progression of the underlying condition and further complications.
Previously, The Healthy Indian Project (THIP Media) has cautioned that apple seeds can be poisonous enough to kill people. They can be harmful if crushed or chewed. Additionally, a Harvard School of Public Health article suggests that pesticides can remain on apple skin and seep into the fruit. Therefore, washing and peeling apples can help to prevent the ingestion of these pesticides.
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