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4 foods that fight pain

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, April 5, 2011 - 11:09am

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I think there could be evidence in foods that help pain.i have cancer in my spine lung.s and liver .and I am on chemotherapy at the moment. So reading your comments is helpfull to me as I am looking for foods that help heal the body and give me energy. Keep up the good work


01/12/2013 - 9:35am

It's a common error, thinking chocolate contains caffeine, but actually, chocolate contains next to no caffeine at all! There's a group of compounds that are chemically similar called methylxanthines. The group includes caffeine, theophylline (the medication used for asthma patients as a bronchodilator), and theobromine. Not only are all of these compounds chemically similar, they are also similar in the physiological response they have on the body; they are all stimulants. Theobromine is the compound found in chocolate. The darker the chocolate (or the higher the cacoa content), the higher the concentration of theobromine. Like caffeine, theobromine increases the heart rate; unlike caffeine, theobromine acts as an endorphan at the pleasure center of the brain, producing natural opiates and causing the person eating the chocolate to feel a sense of well being and even dulling pain. That's why you can't eat just one piece of chocolate; those endorphans pull you back for more!


07/10/2011 - 10:52pm

If I have coffee every day it causes rebound headaches, even one cup a day. Some days though I will drink half decaf and as long as I don't have it every day I don't get the headaches. When I do get a headache the only med that works has caffeine in it.


06/14/2011 - 6:08pm

Hi. I'm 84 yrs. old. Have many health isuues, have just been diagnosed with neuropathy of the hands & feet. Very painful. I did take the Eating Well mag. but let it run out as I can't stand or use my hands long enough to prepare extensive foods. I'm not alone in this. I also subscribe to Tast of Home. There is no cure for this but some meds do help, they tell me. I was a research scientist in my day on my way to med. school. Not very welcome in my day. Father was a Dr., Sister & 2 brother's in law. Husband a pharmacist. Now to the ?, do you thinnk you will have the "gift" 2 for Christmas & one for me @ $19.97 I shall wait until I see what the treatment is & how it works for me. Had spinal surgery & can't do my own shopping so I have a shopper. If you could let me know & I'm sure you are planning the winter menu.s now, Perhaps you could let me know. Love the em summer desserts.
Thank you for your time.
Jacqueline Van Voorhis


05/17/2011 - 5:11pm

Good question. Although dark chocolate does have caffeine (and the higher the cacao content, the higher the caffeine content), it's still less than what's in coffee. You'd have to eat several bars of dark chocolate in order to get the 200 mg of caffeine needed to help headaches--might cure the headache, but at the expense of a bellyache!


04/06/2011 - 9:43am

Doesn't dark chocolate have as much caffeine as coffee (for headache?)


04/05/2011 - 12:33pm

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