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What’s the Caffeine Cutoff for Migraines?

How much is too much for migraine sufferers?

Caffeine amounts that cause migraines

For people prone to “throbbing brain pain,” it may be smart to go easy on the coffee. Drinking three or more caffeinated beverages a day has been associated with a higher risk of a same-day migraine for this group, according to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine.

However, consuming two (or fewer) such drinks was generally not problematic except for those who rarely consume caffeine. Just why a certain intake of caffeine can trigger migraines still needs to be sussed out, say the researchers.

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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