A recent study suggests that consumption of three or more caffeine beverages on a regular basis triggers a severe migraine. The study is based on the stimulant’s ability to aggravate pain regulating receptors.
Caffeine can treat migraines. But drinking this much may also trigger them, a new study says https://t.co/yg0YgIpG3m
— TIME (@TIME) August 8, 2019
A Harvard University Study-
A team of active investigators at Harvard University have found this association between caffeinated drinks and migraine. The researchers shared there is a very similar pattern that suggests this association.
Apart from the daily caffeine intake, other factors were kept into consideration include,
- Regular alcohol intake
- Stress level
- Sleep schedule
- Daily physical activity
- Menstrual cycle
More than 3 caffeine serving triggers migraine
Despite all these considered factors the study reveals, there is significantly a higher chance of migraine in people who consume more than three caffeinated servings.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 9, 2019
To date, there have been several migraine-related studies. The association between caffeine and migraine is not new. But, the principal study investigator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Suzanne Bertisch calls this study a unique one.
She shared this study was conducted with a thorough observation of very detailed data. The data consisted of the specificities about caffeinated beverage intake and migraine, along with other affecting factors. The study’s duration was six weeks. However, the results of the study are not unexpected.
— Me Not Migraines (@MeNotMigraines) December 17, 2018
A number of researches have been conducted to study this association. Undoubtedly, there are other factors that affect migraine’s extent. The other affecting factors include environmental factors as well as behavioral factors.
Furthermore, the effect of caffeine on the human body is debatable. For a short run and in limited amount caffeine isn’t harmful. But, on one hand, caffeine in higher quantities is harmful and on the other hand, it becomes an addiction in the long run.
Furthermore, caffeine has been reported as a pain killer in the short run. Haven’t you had the thought, to have coffee or tea when you were low on energy?
How does it work?
In the long run, caffeine triggers an attack. But, the same caffeine is an aid in easing the pain in the short run.
Primarily, we must take a note that adenosine receptors are pain regulators in our body. Adenosine in our body is responsible for both promoting and inhibiting the pain. Caffeine affects these pain regulators in our bodies.
The study was conducted by analyzing ninety-eight adults. All the participants are patients of episodic migraine. For a duration of six weeks, all the patients maintained electronic diaries, twice a day.
The data consisted of details like,
- Caffeinated beverage intake
- Lifestyle factors
- Episodic timing
- Episodic characteristics
After the collection of data, a thorough comparison was made.
The data revealed that maximum subjects suffered from around five migraine monthly. About sixty-six percent of the subjects consumed two caffeinated drinks per day.
Approximately, twelve percent of the subjects consumed more than three cups. The results revealed that subjects experienced a headache when they consumed more than three servings a day. Habitual and increased intake of caffeine messes up the working of adenosine receptors.
Furthermore, caffeine withdrawal headache is a common problem in people who regularly consume caffeine.
The relevance of the entire study was significantly more in the cases of habitual caffeine consumers.
The research team further added that they are all set to conduct other studies which will state the effect of caffeine on sleep and anxiety.