Last week really got me in the mind set of researching what types of foods actually help with migraines. I like to look at nutrition as holistic and healing, not just food that we put in our bodies when our stomachs yell “feed me!” It’s true, however, we do sometimes eat because we enjoy the taste of food. But, it goes well beyond that. Food has been looked at for years as having healing properties. As long as you know how to properly fuel yourself, it can do wonders. It’s important to note, not every body reacts the same to every type of food. That’s what makes each human fascinating and different. The same goes for migraines. What might be therapeutic for one person may actually cause symptoms in another.
The more research I’ve done, the more I've begun to continually come across the benefits of tart cherries and unsweet cherry juice. I thought it was interesting all the positive prosperities cherries have, including:
- Muscle repair & accelerated recovery after intense workouts
- Improvement of pain and function in joints
- Decrease in cholesterol
- Help with insomnia
- Headache & migraine relief
And that was just to name a few!! I won’t go into much detail, but the basics behind why cherries help with migraines is pretty simple. They contain quercetin, which is what makes them so awesome for migraine relief. So, next time you’re at the grocery store, go ahead and grab a few fresh cherries. But, wait! Is there another way to enjoy the benefits of cherries and still have a tasty little treat? Well, I’m glad you asked. I have for you all a raw cherry and nectarine frozen pop that will hopefully help with your next migraine!! This one is by chef Amy Lyons and let me tell you, it is one you have to try. P.s. I’d advise making these ahead of time, so you can have them on hand when you really need it.