The consumption of coffee, associated with some pain relievers, helps to fight headaches. It has long been known that caffeine has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, as confirmed by its use in the formulation and production of analgesic drugs for almost 100 years. But now comes the confirmation from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità that coffee can be useful to fight another ailment: migraine.
Headache involves circa 6 million Italians, of which approx 4 million women. Several studies, summarized by the observatory of Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), suggest the effectiveness of coffee against migraines. Specifically, the American Headache Society and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) point out that the combination of acetylsalicylic acid, paracetamol and caffeine is recognized as a safe and effective treatment to treat acute headaches. This composition is useful for episodic headaches and is even considered better when using paracetamol alone, the well-known analgesic and antipyretic drug.
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Caffeine as an adjuvant A major 2017 study considered several treatments: analgesics alone, caffeine alone, or caffeine to support analgesics. The results showed that caffeine significantly improves the effectiveness of pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, in treating migraines. The same research also mentions a meta-analysis from 1984, consisting of 30 studies carried out on 10,000 patients suffering from various diseases: the work clearly highlights the efficacy of caffeine as an adjuvant to analgesic drugs.
Inhibits pain Among its many properties, caffeine is also effective in directly inhibiting the perception of pain, thanks to its ability to interact with adenosine receptors (an inhibitor of neuronal activity present in the central and peripheral nervous system).