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Headaches From Wine? It's Not The Sulfites

Dec 17, 2012 -- 7:20am

Do you get headaches after drinking wine?  My wife, MJ, often complains of headaches after drinking wine, especially red wine. So, I was fascinated by a discussion I had yesterday with Deb and Murph the owners of The Rustic Cellar in Boca Raton.  When I asked Deb about what I’ve always heard about sulfites being cause of headaches, I was surprised to learn from her, a real wine expert, that sulfites are NOT the cause of headaches from drinking wine.  According to Deb, Histamines are one of the big triggers for headaches from consuming wine. Histamines? I’d never heard that one so I did a bit more investigating online and she was dead on. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal (online) Histamines and Tyramines both naturally present in wine can cause headaches!  It’s not the sulfites. So, what to do? According to some experts, taking medications like antihistamines, ibuprofen or aspirin before you drink is effective in preventing headaches. Also, Vitamin B6 can help your body metabolize histamine.Also, choosing white wines over reds could help keep headaches away, as well. And, be sure to stay hydrated by sipping lots of water between glasses of wine because dehydration can also cause headaches. Thanks to Deb at The Rustic Cellar for dispelling the sulfites myth. Enjoy your life..and when you can, do it with a great glass of wine. And, be sure to sign-up here for my wine club because I have some special perks for wine club members coming soon!

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