Tyramine Sensitivity

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,
  • cheddar,
  • feta,
  • gorgonzola,
  • mozzarella,
  • brie,
  • muenster,
  • parmesan,
  • swiss, and
  • processed cheese.

These foods should also be avoided if one has a sensitivity to tyramine:

  • canned soups,
  • onions,
  • processed meats,
  • red wine,
  • pickles,
  • raisins,
  • 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).

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