AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Migraine Sufferers Have More Nitrate-reducing Microbes in Their Mouths

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that the mouths of migraines sufferers harbor significantly more microbes with the ability to modify nitrates than people who do not get migraine headaches. “There is this idea out there that certain foods trigger migraines – chocolate, wine and especially foods containing nitrates,” said first author Antonio Gonzalez, a programmer analyst in the laboratory of Rob Knight, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego and senior author on the study. “We thought that perhaps there are connections between what people are eating, their microbiomes and their experiences with migraines.” Click here to read more.

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