It is time to confirm or debunk a classic popular saying, “coffee makes headaches go away.”
Does this natural grandmother’s remedy really work?
Does it have a scientific basis?
Indeed it is! Coffee combined with lemon has a mild analgesic effect and thus helps relieve headaches in a short time.
Sure, it may not taste great, but scientifically speaking, the caffeine and citric acid in lemon are a match made in heaven!
The beneficial effect is also validated by Vincenzo Tullo, a neurological specialist and head of the Headache Outpatient Clinic at Humanitas Mater Domini, among many others.
Going into specifics, it should be pointed out that migraine is due to vasodilation of extracerebral intracranial vessels. In simpler words, the blood vessels around the head dilate.
In contrast, caffeine has a vasoconstrictor effect, that is, it constricts the blood vessels themselves. From this it can be inferred that it reverses vessel enlargement, which is the cause of headaches.
Lemon also contains both essential oils, which improve digestion, and citric acid, which salifies caffeine.
In the first case, by improving digestion, it increases the concentration of oxygen molecules in the blood, providing relief from the pain caused by migraine.
In the second case, on the other hand, citric acid salifies caffeine, enhancing its intake in the intestines.
The combination of these three elements, caffeine, citric acid and essential oils gives concrete relief against headache.
How to prepare this magical drink?
Simply brew a ristretto coffee and pour it inside a glass with half a squeezed lemon. If the taste is too intense or even unpleasant, dilute the drink with a little warm water.
The best coffee to use is a blend with high caffeine content. Among those at Caffè Ernani, the most suitable one is therefore. Strait.
There are many different causes of the onset of headaches, so this remedy does not work for all types of headaches.
To be useful it must be an occasional headache with throbbing.
On the contrary, if you have a muscle tension headache, caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, bad meals, lack of sleep, stress, and so on, coffee can increase the headache, rather than reduce it.
Although we have validated this popular saying, we must not now overdo it!
You don’t have to start drinking one coffee after another all day with the hope that the headache will go away, because with too much caffeine you will get the opposite.
The limit is always and still set at about 3 coffees a day by the WHO (World Health Organization).
Research on the relationship between coffee and health is then still plentiful.
For example, researchers at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, USA, have shown that if patients are given coffee before surgery, there is a significant reduction in post-operative headaches.
Moreover, coffee and lemon, prepared differently, can also be served at the end of a meal to enhance the digestive effect.
Simply rub the peel of a lemon, well washed, inside the cup for about a minute and then brew regular coffee. Or you can also make mocha coffee by letting a lemon peel steep in the boiler with water.
You will see how much easier it will be to digest a hearty meal!
Now I’m waiting for your opinion, try it and let me know if it worked!