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MigraineChecked is a mobile application for migraine sufferers who want to avoid eating foods that may trigger a migraine. By scanning the product's barcode with the app, the user will find out if the product contains an ingredient, additive or certain chemical compound that has shown to trigger migraines. It will also highlight the specific compound in the ingredient list which triggered the warning.
Migraine is considered a medical illness, one that is very different from a headache. A migraine is usually a combination of multiple neural symptoms, including head pain, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Migraines may also continue for multiple days at a time. More than 36 million Americans are affected by migraine, which is more than 10% of the total population. That results in an average of $20 billion annually.
Migraines come in two different primary forms; migraines with aura and those without aura. Migraine aura is when the headache pain is accompanied by other sensory discomfort such as sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell. One may experience an “aura-only” migraine, a migraine with debilitating head pain, or both. As one of the twenty-most debilitating medical illness in the United States, migraine has a large affect on the economy as well, costing employers more than $13 billion per year due to lost work days.
There is not a generic list of symptoms that comes with migraines, as many are specific to the individual. These range from extreme pain, nausea, sensitivity to light & sound and many more. Along the same lines, there are numerous triggers that cause migraines including environmental factors, lifestyle and food. However, migraine triggers are unique to the individual and are not the cause of the migraine. Rather, migraine triggers are the precursor to the constricting of blood vessels and other physiological changes that cause migraine.
TYPES OF MIGRAINES
A classic migraine creates pain, nausea and vision problems
which spread throughout one hemisphere of the head.
Despite its name, pain can occur at the base of the
head (neck) and/or at the very top of the head.
A sinus migraine may result from a sinus infection
and is apparent behind the browbone and cheekbones.
The pain from a cluster headache is centralized
around the eye and tends to cause eye soreness.
COMMON FOOD TRIGGERS
Food triggers are very subjective for every individual. Below is a list of 10 of the most common food triggers:
Tyramine or Phenylethylamone
Foods rich in these include chocolate, olives, avocado, red plums, bananas, citrus fruits, processed meats, alcohol and aged cheeses.
Coumarin is a naturally occurring chemical found in yeast that causes this. Some foods to watch out for soft pretzels and pizza crust.
The nitric oxide that is produced from these foods is the cause of this trigger. Some foods include hot dogs, sausages, ham, bacon, beets, celery, lettuce, radishes and spinach.
Commonly found in beans such as navy beans, kidney beans and lima beans.
Dried fruits are one of the most common foods that contain this trigger.
Additives can be hidden under many names. One of the most common is MSG.
Try using a natural sweetener substitute like stevia, instead.
This one can be a little tricky. For some, it is a trigger. Yet, if combined with pain relieving medications, can also help speed up the amount of time it takes the body to absorb these.
The culprit for this is capsaicin!
Please note that our apps are not responsible for any inconsistencies/discrepancies between the information provided by one of our apps and the product contents. If allergic or experiencing another form of dietary restriction, one should still read the product declaration before preparing food/taking our advice.