Sufferers often find adhering to a special diet can really help reduce symptoms.

One of the most popular is the “MAV diet” aka the 6C’s diet.

What is the “6C’s” restriction diet? Generally it’s avoiding:

  • Cheese (& dairy)
  • Chianti (& other alcohol)
  • Caffeine
  • Chinese food (and other processed foods containing a lot of MSG)
  • Citrus fruits & their juices
  • Chocolate :cry:

Caffeine Restriction

Many sufferers find this a significant help. Try to reduce caffeine significantly or eliminate it from your diet and be aware just how much caffeine there is in what you are eating or drinking, even in tea!:

Beverage Caffeine Per 8 oz Cup
Green Tea 35-70 mg
Oolong Tea 50-75 mg
Black Tea 60-90 mg
Redbush Tea 0 mg
Coffee 150-200 mg
Decaf Coffee 5 mg

Sufferers sometimes find other dietary triggers and often explore the diet promoted to ‘regular’ migraine sufferers.

We have a few :shallow_pan_of_food: Migraine Diet Books listed here :shallow_pan_of_food: on the Member Recommended Products page. Please feel free to recommend more!

Also consider visiting our friend, the for some free migraine-safe recipes!

I found this app very useful to capture consumption, activity, environment and symptoms and expose their relationship. What you may find is that it’s very, very hard to find correlation:

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Here are some articles I have collected related to migraine elimination diets.

Comprehensive Migraine Diet
migraine_elimination_diet_comprehensive.pdf (114.5 KB)

Dr. Surenthiran’s 6 C’s handout
DrSurenthiran.pdf (23.6 KB)

Headache Elimination Diet
handout_ha_elim_diet_patient.pdf (276.6 KB)

Hidden Sources of MSG
Hidden Sources of MSG.pdf (87.4 KB)

Johns Hopkins Headache Center diet handout
carey_hopkins-Migraine-Diet.pdf (1004.3 KB)

Lost and Found: What to Eat
Vertigo Tales and Tastes Lost and Found - WHAT TO EAT (USA).pdf (1.1 MB)

Magnesium_October_2013.pdf (190.5 KB)

Migraine Trigger Foods: The “No” List

Migraine-Free Foods: The “Yes” List

Tyramine-safe food list
Tyraminelistpdf0916.pdf (269.0 KB)

Vestibular Migraine Diet