Migraine and caffeine or does coffee help against migraine?


Popular topics that people discuss in connection with coffee are its effects on our health. We indulge in caffeine in the form of a fragrant cup of coffee almost every day. This fact makes us wonder what effects does daily coffee consumption have on the functioning of our body and mind? The history of the coffee plant dates back to a long time ago. The first coffee trees were probably discovered before 850 AD andsince then, drinking coffeehas been a part of our lives.

Because of the popularity of this historic beverage in today's world, conscious coffee drinkers are also thinking about its proper consumption. That is, when, how and how much coffee to drink. Caffeine is the most important and also the most well-known component of coffee, then coffee contains oils, proteins, tannins, chlorogenic acid and much more. So, for the many chemical compounds in coffee, we can expect coffee consumption to have some effect on our functioning. Specifically, let's discuss whether coffee affects the onset of migraines or can help us against headaches.


There is only speculation about the negative effects of coffee on humans. Respectively, the negative effects of coffee are due to its excessive and unconsidered consumption. Scientific findings and new researches reveal us that coffee, when used judiciously, is very beneficial to health. Drinking coffee, for example:

  • reduces the risk of heart attack,
  • prevents diabetes,
  • promotes the health of your bones,
  • it is also associated with a chance of being used in the treatment of cancer.

For so many health benefits, we can also assume its success in fighting migraine.


In the event that you have a headache, you usually reach for the pink rescue of Ibalgin or another ibuprofen powder, as I did. From the package inserts and packaging of headache medications, we can read the exact composition of the drug. In general, pain medications are classified into two groups: those effective at the site of pain and those that act comprehensively on the CNS (central nervous system).

Drugs with ibuprofen belong to the first group, i.e. they block pain signals from the pain site. In contrast, drugs with paracetamol reduce the intensity of pain signals centrally. In migraine medications, the effect of paracetamolis often combined with caffeine. On the other hand,doctors advise against drinking coffee and cola drinksto combat migraines. So is caffeine good for migraines or not?


So again, I return to my original idea that coffee consumption, and therefore caffeine, is appropriate, but in a certain level. The important thing to remember is that each person metabolizes caffeine differently and therefore affects it in different ways. What is positive for one person may be detrimental to another. When drinking coffee, be aware of its effects and your body's reactions. You can then better estimate your personal and correct coffee dose.


The main difficulty in finding the culprits of migraine is that there is still no clear answer as to what causes migraines. Thinking about the combination of caffeine in painkillers, shouldn't coffee theoretically have a negative effect on migraine onset? Only caffeine is used in painkillers because of the better action of the drug. So it is not primarily the one that reduces pain.

Just as it can help medications stop the unpleasantness associated with migraines, it can also contribute to the onset of pain. According to a study , the chances of developing a migraine increased when consuming 3 or more caffeinated beverages per day. For people who did not usually consume caffeine, the two-coffee threshold was even lower.


It is generally reported that on average 3 cups of coffee during the day is just right for a person. Of course, respecting the uniqueness of your own body, this may only be one cup of coffee for you specifically. Or, conversely, you process caffeine well and a healthy dose of coffee may be 5 coffees per day in your case. However, if you suffer from headaches, you really need to watch your daily caffeine intake. Not only in coffee, but also in other beverages like tea, colas or energy drinks.

Then there's the paradox of watching your daily caffeine intake by skipping coffee altogether. Again, you may experience a headache, which caffeine (even if you haven't had any) may be related to in some way. A typical example is the so-called 'weekend migraine'. The headache may occur on days when you stop caffeine completely. For example, on the weekend after a working week when you have been drinking one coffee after another. It's basically a withdrawal symptom where your body is just used to the caffeine dope and suddenly it's not getting enough.

The caffeine in coffee also has the ability to be an adenosine receptor A2A antagonist. Adenosine through this receptor stimulates the production of NO (nitric oxide) which is responsible for vasodilation (widening of blood vessels). In addition to its function as a vasodilator, caffeine can increase cerebrovascular resistance and reduce cerebral blood flow (CBF), which is thought to be useful in the treatment of migraine.


Themost common causes of migraine are thought to begenetic predisposition (most often passed from mother to daughter), stress, lack of or too much sleep and exercise. Often migraines are associated with hormonal changes during menstruation. In addition, too much noise, light, hunger or thirst. Smokers, hypoglycemics and people after a head injury are more prone to migraines . Certainmedications and contraceptives can be responsible for migraines in certain cases . Back pain can also result in a migraine, as canchanges in barometric pressure.


For those of us who frequently suffer from migraines, a higher incidence of depressionis associated with pain and hypersensitivity to various stimuli (as if the migraine itself were not enough) . This risk is up to 2 times higher than for people who do not suffer from migraines. This relationship is also true in reverse, i.e. that people with depression are more prone to migraines. Drinking coffee and the properties of its most prominent and debated substance, caffeine, affect our mood and states of anxiety and depression.

Also, when looking for answers to the question of how coffee affects depressive states, we must take into account how much coffee we consume. The correct dosage of caffeine, given our body's settings, our tolerance to caffeine and the time of day we indulge in coffee, helps to promote a good mood. The smell of freshly brewed coffee alone will put a smile on any coffee lover's face. For me, the sound of the grinder works like that too . You drink your coffee and besides enjoying its great taste and smell, you get new energy. You are refreshed, active and happy.


The consequence of overdrinking coffee is an unpleasant increase in the activity of our body. We become distracted and inattentive. Our heart rate and breathing become faster. We become unfocused and emotionally unstable. An inappropriate amount of caffeine in the body will turn the unreasonable coffee drinker into a neurotic pessimist who already resembles a wide-eyed Chihuahua. Often, even like her, she "barks" at the people around her instead of calmly seeking a constructive solution to the problem. We can minimize these unwanted effects of caffeine by using CBD oil.

Excessive coffee consumption or prolonged fatigue, which you artificially counteract by supplementing with caffeine, are preconditions for inducing anxiety and depression. Are you sleep-deprived and too "high" on caffeine? Do you lose focus? If so, think about the amount of caffeine you are ingesting and try to reduce it to your optimal dose. Remember that caffeine is a stimulant. It is a natural aid in many health ways, but if used incorrectly, it turns into a drug with negative effects on our physical and mental health.


As can be seen, there are many reasons for the onset of a migraine. Coffee and caffeine can affect some of them. Positively, but also negatively when used incorrectly. Do not forget when drinking coffee its specific property that makes us run to the toilet more often. Although coffee itself is a liquid it has diuretic properties. Therefore, it may happen that increased excretion after coffee will dehydrate your body . This increases the chances of developing a migraine.

The way caffeine wards off fatigue becomes inappropriate especially later in the day. Since inadequate sleep promotes the onset of headaches, the recommendation is to indulge in coffee in accordance with circadian rhythms. Don't have coffee before bedtime, but think that the caffeine will continue to work in your body for several hours after drinking coffee. Have your last coffee of the day about 4-6 hours before falling asleep. This will give the caffeine enough time for its effects not to disrupt your restful sleep. Coffee in the evening will cause you to fall asleep and your sleep will not be of good quality.

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