Chocolate and Migraines…Cause or Cure?

headache2Do you suffer from severe headaches or migraines?  There are about 36 million Americans that have migraines, which is more than have diabetes or asthma.  Some people avoid chocolate because they think it is bringing on migraines.  A new study with rats shows that chocolate does not seem to be the culprit.

The study*, presented at the International Headache Society’s 14th International Headache Congress, showed impressive results on the topic.  The study indicated that consuming a diet enriched with 10 percent cocoa increased anti-inflammatory compound levels in the brain as well as repressing pro-inflammatory processes.

Paul Durham, an author of the study, said, “It appears that a cocoa-enriched diet in rats can repress the proteins that are associated with the promotion and maintenance of inflammatory responses such as migraine.”

As we discussed in a previous post, chocolate is known to dilate the blood vessels.  This allows blood to move more freely throughout the body instead of moving through constricted vessels.  It has also been shown to reduce inflammation in the bronchial tubes, which brings relief for cough and asthma sufferers.

Yay, chocolate!  Pick up some of the world’s most delicious all natural chocolate at Drexelius Chocolates and enrich your life today!

*Source: PO347
“Repression of acute and chronic inflammatory changes in trigeminal ganglion neurons and glia in response to cocoa enriched diets” R.J. Cady and P.L. Durham

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