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Too Much Chocolate Could Cause Migraine
by L.D. Ramirez (info sourced from articles written by Anne Jambora of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Joanna Blythman of The Guardian)

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If you’re wondering why your migraine won't going away, you might want to lower your chocolate or MSG (monosodium glutamate) consumption.


Migraine is a distinct neurological disease that involves recurrent attacks of moderate-to-severe headaches that pulsate in one side of the head. It is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells.


If you’re wondering why your migraine won't going away, you might want to lower your chocolate or MSG (monosodium glutamate consumption.


According to Dr. Regina Macalintal Canlas, president of the Philippine Headache Society and headache master of the International Headache Society, "Too much chocolate or MSG can trigger attacks."


Nitrates - found in chocolate, wine, processed meat, and other foods - are converted into nitric oxide byproducts by our gut microbes, which can then cause splitting headaches.


As for MSG, "Anything in excess of 30 mg per kilogram of body weight daily will result in headaches, raised blood pressure and increased insulin levels," says the European Food Safety Authority.


Other foods that can trigger migraines are red wine, cheddar, blue cheese, nuts, and caffeine.


Non-food causes include physical stress (e.g. traveling, sexual activity), changes in weather/climate, excessive consumption of electronic media, intense odors, and loud noises.


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