Daily Archives: July 22, 2011

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Red Wine Headaches – What Causes Them?

red wine headacheHeadaches from red wine are a genuine and troubling phenomena, troubling because any certain sufferer will get a headache from certain red wines but not from others, there does not seem to be an individual cause. Red wine headaches vary in their severity from mildly gentle to full-on migraine.

Half a glass of wine can trigger an attack within fifteen minutes or thereabouts, and they can last a long time. Two average size glasses could even trigger a migraine in those people who are prone to getting migraines. Some experts question whether the sulfites in the wine are the source of RWH, for these reasons:

  • Firstly, breathing problems (which include asthma attacks), and not headaches, typically react more to sulfites.
  • Secondly, red wine is most likely to be the trigger, however many sweeter white wines contain considerably more sulfites than red wines, because they have a much higher sugar content.
  • Thirdly, numerous other foodstuffs contain sulfites, so these headaches should not be particular to any red wine.

A few allergy experts think that tannins are responsible for the red wine headaches. The Harvard Health Letter noted some controlled experiments that show that tannins cause the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Fairly high levels of this serotonin can cause headaches which may well be the cause for the RWH in people who already suffer from migraines. It does not explain why people who are not prone to migraines get headaches from red wine, or why people don’t suffer headaches from similar high levels of tannin in tea or even chocolate.

Winemakers use sulfites during the winemaking process to arrest the oxidation of wine, helping to keep it fresh for longer. It’s unlikely that sulfites are the only culprit, but as many white wines contain larger amounts of sulfites than reds, they don’t generally seem to cause a reaction.

Research from 30 years ago suggests that prostaglandins may be to blame for these headaches. Prostaglandins are substances that contribute to pain and are blocked easily by drugs that inhibit prostaglandin synthetase, i.e. aspirin, Ibuprophen and Acetaminophe.

The majority of researchers are believe that one or more of the remaining suspects to be the cause of most RWH. These include tannins, histamines, tryamines, as well as prostaglandins. Histamines and tryamines are byproducts of a secondary fermentation in red wine, resulting in amine quantities up to two hundred percent higher in red wine than in white.

Excessive wine drinking can cause almost anyone to get a headache, but for some folk drinking just a minute amount of wine will bring on a nasty migraine, combined with nausea and flushing.

In order to minimise the chance of getting an RWH is to sample just a glass of a certain red, and if you suffer within 15 to 20 minutes, don’t drink that wine. If you are a sufferer, reduce the risk by lowering your intake first and remember to go for the best quality red wine you can afford. Cheaper wines tyend to be less stable, and therefore require more sulfite protection.

3 Reasons why sulfur is used in wine

  1. It prevents the growth of bacteria.
  2. It protects the wine against oxidation
  3. It binds to some unpleasant aroma compounds like acetaldehyde.

If you try to find wine without any sulfites, good luck! They are a natural by-product, so all wine contains them. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is not a bad substance, but used incorrectly or excessively, it can be disasterous for a wine. Without it, winemakers could not make good wines and wine would not age so well.

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