Migraines could be caused by gut bacteria

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    Migraine sufferers have a different mix of gut bacteria that could make them more sensitive to certain foods, scientists have found.
    The study offers a potential explanation for why some people are more susceptible to debilitating headaches and why some foods appear to act as triggers for migraines.
    The research showed that migraine sufferers had higher levels of bacteria that are known to be involved in processing nitrates, which are typically found in processed meats, leafy vegetables and some wines.
    The latest findings raise the possibility that migraines could be triggered when nitrates in food are broken down more efficiently, causing vessels in the brain and scalp to dilate.
    The study, published on Tuesday in the journal mSystems, sequenced bacteria found in 172 oral samples and 1,996 faecal samples from healthy participants, who had also reported whether they were affected by migraines.
    In both oral and faecal samples, people with migraines had slightly higher levels of bacteria linked to breaking down nitrates.


    Study: http://msystems.asm.org/content/1/5/e00105-16

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