Everyone experiences migraines differently. One thing we can all agree on is that they are extremely painful and can even become so severe they interfere with daily activities. While we often associate migraines with stress, there are some foods and beverages that contain ingredients known to trigger or worsen a migraine.
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While some migraine sufferers use ground chili peppers (or capsaicin) as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, the opposite is also true for many. It turns out that the active ingredient in hot peppers can cause painful headaches to flare up, which is why medical scientists often employ capsaicin when they are doing migraine research studies on human test subjects.
“Generally, regular sweet peppers do not have the same effects and not known to cause migraines,” says Julie Ching, registered dietitian. “But studies have shown that very hot peppers can cause arteries to constrict which creates headaches and migraines.”