Almonds To Prevent Headache
Two days in a row I got up
with a terrible headache. Like many people I had an occasional headache
and popped a pill to relieve the pain. But recently the headaches were
getting more frequent and less relenting. Even my tried and tested pain
killer could not alleviate the pain. I was beginning to fear the worse
until my father recommended Almonds.
Read on if you are also struggling with frequent headaches and are tired
of popping pills.
Getting up in the morning with a headache is the worst feeling in the
world. Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. For many of us
headache is a stark reality. When it strikes everything comes to a halt.
You can not put your mind
into any thing until you are relieved from it. Also you have no idea when,
where or why it strikes. You can be a friend’s
party, in middle of an important meeting, tending to your child, or at the
end of a stressful day. Worse, unlike migraine it is not a documented
disease. People do not go to doctor for treatment of a headache, even if
it causes them as much distress and handicap as say, a migraine.
For the working population it is difficult to get a day off for headache.
“It’s just a headache for god’s sake”! How do you respond to that? Don’t
we all just take an over the counter drug and get on with it? While it
gives immediate relief, taking un-prescribed drugs frequently has its
The danger also lies in the fact that popping the pill too frequently
might make you resistant to it. A disprin used to suffice as a pain
reliever before, but now I have to take a much stronger pill or increase
the dosage to 2. Scary isn’t it?
Lot of theories go around regarding the reasons of headache. Some of them
• Poor diet
• Stress and anxiety
• Lack of sleep
• Poor posture
• Not drinking enough water
• Excessive caffeine consumption
• Artificial sweeteners
• Consuming something that one is allergic to Etc.
None of them made any sense to me. Then my father recommended almonds,
which according to him helped him to get rid of his headaches.
I was willing to lay my hands on any thing that could help. So I started
to soak 5 almonds overnight and eat them in the morning, as my father
suggested. Only after 2-3 weeks of regularly eating almonds, my headaches
began to subside. They became less severe and less frequent.
It has been two months now that I have not had a headache. I do not have
to live in constant fear of a headache. After getting relief from this
perennial problem I decided to find out the reason behind the almond’s
pain relieving properties. T
o my surprise I found
ample material online that substantiates my belief in almond’s ability to
Following are some important facts about almond’s pain
• Almonds contain a
natural pain-killing agent called salicin. This agent is also contained in
over the counter pain killers like asprin.
• Almonds offer other
health benefits such as the ability to lower blood cholesterol levels and
to regulate blood pressure.
• Almonds contain high
level of magnesium, that helps in muscle relaxation and minimizing nerve
excitability therefore, it helps to reduce headaches due to stress and
Almond is used as a pain
reliever in traditional medicines because of these qualities. They can be
eaten in any way. They can be soaked overnight, or just popped during
meals, or munched as a between meals heath snack. 10-12 almonds should be
eaten daily for relieving and preventing headaches. Apart from this some life
style changes like good sleep, healthy diet, regular exercise, and
drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day are important for a healthy and
Contributing Author: Anureet Pawar, author
is a freelance content writer
Freelance Health / Nutrition Writers, Web Content Writing Services, India