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Head Off Headaches

Snapper

The omega-3s in fish are great for your head. Almost 90 percent of people who got migraines reported fewer of the headaches after taking two grams of omega-3 concentrate daily, according to a Brown University School of Medicine study. "Fish and fish oil lower the production of a prostaglandin, a chemical that causes inflammation and pain," says researcher Zeev Harel, MD.

Black Beans

Beans contain riboflavin, a nutrient that has been found to reduce the number of headache days by at least 50 percent in more than half of sufferers, say researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium.

Cayenne Pepper

The compound that gives cayenne its heat, capsaicin, can ease cluster headaches (which typically affect one side of the head and occur several days in a row), probably by destroying a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain. Although people who get cluster headaches often inhale capsaicin through a nasal spray, try adding cayenne to your cooking.

Quinoa

Magnesium, often deficient in migraine sufferers, is plentiful in this grain. "The mineral relaxes blood vessels and normalizes serotonin receptors," explains Alexander Mauskop, MD, director of the New York Headache Center in New York City. In one German study, patients taking 600 milligrams of magnesium daily saw their headache frequency plummet by more than 40 percent.

Headache-Relieving Recipe: Spicy Breaded Snapper with Quinoa-and-Black-Bean Pilaf

Ingredients
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 ounces snapper
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup crushed vitamin-fortified flake cereal
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine flour and cayenne. Dip snapper in flour, then milk, then crushed cereal. Place on baking sheet; mist with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, until coating is browned and fish is 145 degrees. In a pot, bring broth and quinoa to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 6 minutes. Add beans, onion, and bell pepper. Serve snapper with the quinoa.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2010.

 

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sonirg44 wrote:

Very very useful. Thanks. Warm Regards. R G Soni

10/24/2011 09:16:47 PM Report Abuse
goldngrahams wrote:

I don't think the article is supposed to contain the remedy to every ailment known to man...that is why it's an article, not a book. Research is showing that food is very closely linked to how well our bodies function, so I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss everything. The article lists some helpful info; try it to see for yourself. :-)

10/24/2011 04:43:38 PM Report Abuse
nghart12 wrote:

I liked that you gave info on what each ingredient does. The recipes sound good too.

10/24/2011 11:47:34 AM Report Abuse
copayextra wrote:

good information. i keep a lot of yogurt on hand, didn't know it had so many benefits

4/18/2011 12:43:31 PM Report Abuse
LAB55 wrote:

Article stinks! Oh so now there are only 4 things that can be wrong with you??? GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Gee, wonder what I should eat for that?????? STINKS!!!

2/21/2011 10:29:07 AM Report Abuse

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