Jessica Wood is a USC student who often suffers from morning migraines. Her soution of choice, a nice cup of coffee.
USC Dietitian Elizabeth Money says caffeine can help cure migraines, but in moderation.
By Katie Davis
A busy day can cause stress that, for many people, leads to a headache. Your solution may be closer than you think: a daily cup of Joe. The National Institutes of Health conducted a study in 2015 revealing that a morning cup of coffee may be beneficial to your health.
USC visual communications student Jessica Wood often soothes her head with a dose of caffeine.
“Sometimes I get headaches you know getting stressed out about what I have to do that day so that kind of helps me relax in the morning and helps with those headaches,” Wood said.
The 2015 study found caffeine might help acute migraine attacks. Seventy percent of migraine sufferers who drink caffeine find relief, compared to only 40 percent of non-caffeine drinkers.
Researchers say caffeine blocks adenine receptors in your head, constricting blood vessels and decreasing pain. It can be so effective that many over the counter headache and migraine medications include caffeine as an ingredient.
“Usually migraines are not from caffeine so the caffeine is just used to treat the migraine. So when they get that aura, which is just a dull sense in front of their eyes, then if they get about 75mg of caffeine that will usually stop it,” explains USC dietitian Elizabeth Money.
But Money says caffeine can be a double-edged sword. Too much can lead to withdrawal effects such as headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and nausea. Money also warns that if you are a daily caffeine drinker, be cautious not to consume more than 450mg per day.
The American Migraine Foundation states that up to 90 percent of Americans consume some type of caffeine daily. More than 50 percent of Americans choose coffee as their caffeine source. It may also be the more budget-friendly solution.
“I’m a broke college kid so it’s easier for me to just buy coffee then you know buying lots of prescriptions and that adds up," Wood said. "I don’t have the money to be buying Excedrin every week so its easier for me to just wake up and make a cup of coffee."
The next time you feel a migraine coming on, try to save yourself the headache and a dollar, and have your favorite cup of coffee.