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Red wine and coffee (even decaf) headaches - related?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I very rarely get headaches, but two things that have triggered headaches for me are red wine - especially when I've had it for several nights in a row, and decaf coffee (regular might do the same thing, I haven't had it in ages).

How might these two phenomena be related? Could it be the tannins, and if so, why?

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:39 PM

If I remember from a RHR podcast, fermented foods are high in tyramine, and I do eat a LOT of fermented foods. Maybe I'm putting myself close to the edge.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:38 PM

No known roach allergies...

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Hmmm... Chocolate doesn't give me headaches, but it does trigger acne. The others don't bother me.

985324c2c5566ae308f43f368f052b8b

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on February 10, 2012
at 10:16 PM

A quick google yields all kinds of info on this. I was diagnosed with something similar many years ago. For me it was supposedly foods containing tyramine, which is in a big list of foods. There are other food triggers not linked to tyramine as well, but I'll defer to the experts for more comments on that.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on February 10, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Any idea as to why they might trigger migraines?

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on February 10, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Ah damn that sucks. I guess I have to limit even decaf coffee.

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on February 10, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Are you sensitive to mold? Both coffee beans and grapes can develop mold during the process of being transformed into tasty treats.

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67f3387f0308b570c61944addedd183e

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on February 11, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Sensitivity to Tannins? Does chocolate set ya off? Cloves, tarragon, cumin, thyme, vanilla, or cinnamon?

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Hmmm... Chocolate doesn't give me headaches, but it does trigger acne. The others don't bother me.

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985324c2c5566ae308f43f368f052b8b

on February 10, 2012
at 07:50 PM

I believe those are both common triggers for migraines.

985324c2c5566ae308f43f368f052b8b

(40)

on February 10, 2012
at 10:16 PM

A quick google yields all kinds of info on this. I was diagnosed with something similar many years ago. For me it was supposedly foods containing tyramine, which is in a big list of foods. There are other food triggers not linked to tyramine as well, but I'll defer to the experts for more comments on that.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on February 10, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Any idea as to why they might trigger migraines?

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on February 10, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Ah damn that sucks. I guess I have to limit even decaf coffee.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:39 PM

If I remember from a RHR podcast, fermented foods are high in tyramine, and I do eat a LOT of fermented foods. Maybe I'm putting myself close to the edge.

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on February 10, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Some folks have coffee allergy due to roach parts. Yep. Another good reason to stick to whole, real foods. Or grind coffee yerself. http://www.chow.com/food-news/7541/fresh-hot-cup-of-cockroaches/

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:38 PM

No known roach allergies...

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on February 10, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Wine is high in histamines, and if you have an intolerance to them it can be a trigger for a migraine, as mentioned. I'm not sure about the coffee though as I thought it was caffeine which could lead to a migraine but if your drinking decaf then I'm not sure.

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Both are known migraine triggers for some migraine sufferers. Try dropping both out of your diet for a week or so, then reintroducing one for 3 days and see what happens. Then try the same with the other, with another week in between if the first triggers headaches.

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on November 27, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Try organo gold coffee and u wont get a headache as its healthy and good for you http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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