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Migraine attacks can be caused by drinking at least three cups of coffee a day

  • Harvard researchers concluded that drinking at least three cups of coffee a day can trigger migraines
  • More than three cups can cause extreme migraines

Harvard University researchers did a study that showed that at least three cups of coffee a day can trigger migraine attacks.

98 respondents, who were involved in the study, suffered from regular migraines for at least 14 days a month.


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Two cups of coffee a day did not trigger the migraines, but anything more than the said number increased the chances by 40 percent.

More importantly, five cups a day increased the chances of getting an attack by an astounding 161 percent.

Elizabeth Mostofsky, the lead researcher of the study said, “Drinking one or two caffeinated beverages in a day does not appear to be linked to developing a migraine but three or more servings may be associated with higher odds of developing a headache.”

Migraine attacks have more victims than diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy combined which is the sixth most common reason for developing a disability.

The effects of caffeine on migraines is not that simple to understand because its dosage and frequency are the main determinants. Caffeine can trigger attacks, at the same time is also gives the same effects as painkillers.

Dr. Suzanne Bertisch, one of the researchers said that only a few studies have been done on the connection between caffeine intake and the risk of migraines. ‘There have been few studies on the immediate risk of migraines with daily changes in caffeine intake.’

It has always been thought that chemicals and blood vessels in the brain, when altered, cause migraines. Stress, anxiety, depression, poor quality of sleep, and hormonal changes can also trigger migraines, along with alcohol consumption and dehydration.

Sleeping in a dark room while on painkillers can easily reduce the pain that migraines bring.

Written by Jo-Est Tan

Emergency medical technician (EMT)
Thesis Writer
Ateneo de Zamboanga University

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