When I heard that there were foods you could eat that could help soothe a headache, I immediately had to look into it. As someone who is headache-prone and Tylenol-adverse (growing up, whenever I got a migraine, my parents strongly discouraged taking medication), a pain reliever in food form is one of the few things for I actively wish for.
I spoke with nutritionist Stella Metsovas and asked her if these miracle foods do exist. Her answer: They do. But just because you eat a food known to help with a headache doesn't mean it's a cure. So short of getting rid of headaches completely (I will continue to wish for that groundbreaking discovery), Metsovas broke down for us what foods we should look for once we feel some throbbing in our heads. Scroll down to see what foods she says can help soothe a pounding headache.
According to Metsovas, you want to look for foods that are rich in magnesium; it's one of those ingredients that is actually used in pills known to soothe headaches. Avocado is rich in this ingredient.
Potatoes are rich in potassium, which is known to help the brain function at a normal level and enhance water balance. While bananas are more widely known sources for potassium, potatoes actually contain more of it.
According to Metsovas, probiotics are really important when it comes to gut health, which is connected to our brain's health. "I’m most excited about the research in prebiotics and probiotic nutrition (and supplementation) because gut health is really important when it comes to inflammation, and it can have positive effects on strengthening brain function," she says. Apple vinegar is a probiotic we can ingest.
Metsovas says another food rich in magnesium is spinach. But the green leaf is also rich in a type of B vitamin called riboflavin, which studies show can help prevent migraines.
Another important ingredient to look out for is omega-3 fatty acids. They have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the pain. Metsovas says the best sources are sardines.
Next up, check out the foods you should eat for better eyesight.