One man’s severe migraines disappeared thanks to a diet of green plants

Over a billion people around the world suffer from migraines, a disease extremely complex to analyze and combat. A 60-year-old patient has found his miracle solution: a plant-based diet consisting mostly of dark green leafy vegetables. He who suffered from severe migraines for several years, handicapping him in his daily life and for his work, has not known them for nearly a decade thanks to the diet he adopted. The case of this patient has been reported in BMJ Case Reports.

“Before changing my diet, I suffered from six to eight debilitating migraines per month, each lasting up to seventy-two hours. Most of the time, I had a migraine or I was recovering from it ”, explains this photographer who wishes to remain anonymous. In the columns of the Guardian, he confides that he was desperate because the drugs were having no effect on him. He then turned to a clinic specializing in health via lifestyle, based in New York.

On the spot, he was prescribed a plant-based diet rich in nutrients and especially low in inflammatory products (such as starches, dairy products and red meat). Dark green leafy vegetables, green beans and smoothies, as well as fruits and oatmeal are now replacing his medications. “I haven’t had a migraine for seven years”, explains the man, adding that he no longer feels a prisoner of his body.

An isolated case?

While this patient’s severe migraines disappeared after three months of this diet, doctors cannot yet generalize this treatment, let alone make it a quick fix. Gunter Kuhnle, an expert in nutrition and food science at the University of Reading, England, said that“This is an isolated case. It is therefore impossible to generalize the conclusions. Migraine is a debilitating disease and it is important to find ways to treat and manage it ”.

The nutrition expert recognizes that dark green leafy vegetables have bioactive compounds that may play a role in the management of certain diseases, “But to make definitive statements and recommendations much more research is needed”. The dietician Duane Mellor, in charge of higher education at the faculty of medicine at the University of Aston, in England, goes in the same direction as his colleague. This result is “interesting”, most “Cannot be considered as a solution for all people with migraines ”.

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