Tyramine forms from the breakdown of protein in certain foods. The longer a food ages, the greater the tyramine content is. Tyramine can trigger migraine headaches by increasing blood flow to the brain.
These cheeses should be avoided if one has a sensitivity to tyramine:
- blue cheeses,
- swiss, and
- processed cheese.
These foods should also be avoided if one has a sensitivity to tyramine:
- canned soups,
- processed meats,
- red wine,
- olives, and
- some beans, nuts, and avocados.
Jose Veliz MD is the medical director of Palomar Spine & Pain, in Escondido, CA (North San Diego County).