There are many things we don’t understand about migraines, but even with our incomplete knowledge there are some things we have figured out. For example, we’ve figured out that in people with dietary migraine triggers, one of the worst is tyramine, an additive found in many common foods.

Tyramine and Migraines

Tyramine is a monoamine that is broken down in our bodies through a process called monoamine oxidase, which prevents tyramines from entering the bloodstream and causing both headaches and high blood pressure.

But for some people, tyramines can be hard to process, and can make it into the bloodstream even if you don’t eat very much of them. Starting in the 1960s, researchers suspected that these people were subject to migraine headaches. Numerous studies linked the compound tyramine to migraine headaches and found that avoiding it could help people reduce migraines.

Foods High in Tyramine

There are many foods that are high in tyramine and should be avoided if you suffer from food-trigger migraines. These include:

  • Aged cheese
  • Beer
  • Red wine
  • Fermented or salted meats
  • Sauerkraut
  • Soy sauce
  • Broad beans
  • Snow peas
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Nuts

Will Avoiding Tyramine Cure Migraines?

Unfortunately, as with most approaches to migraine treatment, avoiding tyramine is no magic bullet. It has to be part of a multiprong strategy to reduce migraines to a minimum and treat them if they do occur. In fact, there are many people for whom tyramine makes no difference in their migraines. If you are one of these people, avoiding tyramine will not help your migraines at all.

If you are avoiding tyramine, but are still suffering more migraines than you want, TMJ treatment can help. If you have TMJ, the muscle pain and pressures can trigger migraines, so reducing TMJ severity can reduce your migraines and reduce their severity.

To learn whether TMJ treatment can help your migraines, please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment with a Columbia, SC TMJ dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.