Migraines are a multifaceted condition that disturbs brain function that is attributed to lessen nerve signalling, chemicals and blood flow in the brain.
Consuming cheese and chocolate along with experiencing high stress levels and poor sleep quality is an indication that people who suffer from migraines may have a tyramine sensitivity.
What is Tyramine?
Tyramine is a naturally occurring monoamine compound that is present in some foods which gets produced when tyrosine a naturally occuring amino acid/protein breaks down.
High amounts of tyramine found in foods like cheese and chocolate is thought to be a trigger for migraine. This is due to the tyramine decreasing serotonin levels in the brain and increasing dopamine production which impairs the ability to breakdown tyramine. Thereby leading to tyramine sensitivity and an increase in blood pressure which cause abnormalities in nerve signalling and blood flow to the brain which is what is thought to be perceived as a migraine.
Stress is known to have an impact on raising blood pressure when in combination with other triggering factors such as the consuming foods high in tyramine through activating vasoconstricting hormones that act on the blood vessels like dopamine and serotonin. With both playing a non typical role that leads to impaired nerve signalling and blood flow to the brain which again is what is thought to be perceived as a migraine.
Poor sleep quality is also associated with migraines through elevated tyramine levels forcing the adrenal glands to secrete norepinepherine, the precursor for a flight/fight/freeze response which leads to the disruption in the melantonin cycle altering sleep patterns due to perceived threat of a migraine attack.
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