Migraines Could Be Caused By Mouth Bacteria

Posted: Oct 19 2016, 10:57am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Migraines Could be Caused by Mouth Bacteria
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  • Mouth bacteria may hold the secret to getting migraines
 

Eating certain foods may not be behind headaches rather the bacteria present in them

People always believe eating some foods can trigger headaches. However scientists have found the bacterial growth in our mouth which accumulates after eating different foods may be behind migraines.

Basically the bacteria in our mouth decide if we will have a migraine. People who frequently get migraines have more bacteria in their mouth than others.

Such people also have a specific kind of bacteria in abundance inside their mouths. The bacterium in question is able to modify chemicals known as nitrates.

The nitrates can be converted into nitric oxide by these specific bacteria. Nitric oxide is a chemical known for playing a role in the occurrence of headaches.  

It is believed some foods which are known to lead to migraines are high in nitrates. For instance processed meat and leafy green vegetables along with some classes of medicines are linked with causing migraine headaches.

Therefore it is possible it is not the consumption of such foods but the conversion of chemical compounds by the bacteria in the mouth behind migraines.

The results have been published in the journal mSystems on October 18.

The study analyzed more than 172 oral samples along with 2,000 fecal samples from participants of the American Gut Project. 

Keep in mind the study has only found associations between the bacteria present in our mouths and not actual evidence.

According to the authors of the study from the University of California, San Diego, they hope their work will lead to more research in the association between oral bacteria and migraines.

Even the solution remains the same as before. If people want to avoid migraines then they need to avoid eating too much of foods with nitrates in them. 

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