Friday, September 11, 2009

New Theories about Chocolate as a Migraine Trigger

Is chocolate no longer considered a Migraine trigger?

At the International Headache Congress (IHC) conference in Philadelphia, they introduced new studies on chocolate as a Migraine trigger. It basically goes back and looks at previous findings that chocolate triggers Migraines as a new study suggested that cocoa could heal inflamed cells related to Migraines in rats.

Here is an article which goes into more depth about the study: Why Chocolate Studies Are a Headache. The article goes into the benefits of chocolate including how it is one of the richest sources of bioflavonoid antioxidants which counteracts cell damage.

I used to be a chocoholic so I also found it interesting when they talked about having chocolate after craving it before getting a Migraine and how this may be misconstrued by some people into thinking it is a trigger when they were already bound to get one. Since I had to be really sure it was a trigger for me, I had tested chocolate at many different times and still found it best that I stay away from it. I guess I'm not one of the lucky ones when it comes to chocolate.

I hope you find the article as interesting as I did.


chrissy said...

interesting....about 9 years ago i had a friend say to me that chocolate might be making my headaches worse....i decided to stop eating it for 3 months them on one of my good days i bought a candy bar and ate it...within 30 min. i went from a good day to a 3 day migraine...have not had chocolate since...i knew it was a trigger for me....:)

MigrainePuppet said...

I know it's definitely a trigger for me too. I enjoyed reading the article too.