I think ive found something that works for me

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I think ive found something that works for me

Postby raindog on March 18th, 2008, 12:23 pm

Hello all, This is my first post, but ive been lurking for a good while.

Ok a bit about me. I first started with the fasics about 15 months ago, i am now 47. The fasics started in both lower legs, and spread to most other parts of my body except my tongue. They started after i had a fever / flu like symptoms after my first ever flu jab and shortly after my young daughter had contacted human parvo virus (slapped face syndrome?) So either one could have triggered it, who knows :? I also suffered with usual tiredness and the cramping. Had the usual fear of MND after looking on the internet. Anxiety set in with all the usual fears all of us have gone through. I saw my GP who put me on citalopram and refered my to a neurologist. Saw the Neurologist back in June gave me a a diagnosis of BFS i had no weaknes he said there was no need for EMG as it can sometimes be inconclusive and gave me an open appointment and only to return if i was to get any weakness/wasting. BIG RELIEF :P

I found this website at around that time and have read many posts and congratulate you all on the reasurrance you have given to new sufferes of this illnes.

I decided to ween myself of the citalopram without much difficulty and changed my diet lots of fresh fruit lean white meat fish vegetables etc drank lots of green, redbush and cerassie tea all high in antioxydants 1 pommegranite a day lots of goji berries grapes with seeds in so to eat the seeds aswell and apricot kernals perhaps 6 a day. My overall mood lifted and i was well in mind and thinking positive. However the twitches remained the roughly the same 24/7. I then decided to take C0Q10, a chelated magnesium suppliment, and UDO s oil. Still the twitches remained but no worse. I then came across by accident the benefit of Organic Cocoa nibs as they are very high in antioxidant quantaties magnesiun serotonin etc. Decided to give them a try, to be honest its the best thing i ever did. After only about 2 months of taking the organic cocao nibs the fasics and cramping are 85% better ...not gone all togethger but tons better, less frequent and hardly noticable at rest unlike they were before..... for example i had a hotspot on the lateral aspect of my right lower leg from my Ankle up the side of my calf which would twitch constantly maybe 100 times a minute 24/7. This area is now so much better i have to look real hard to see the odd twitch :D

Well thats my story and if the Cocao nibs work to another single person like they have worked for me then this post as been worthwhile.

Plenty of information of the nutrition benefits of Cocoa nibs can easily be found on the web

Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmecs. Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as money.

In 1753 Carl von Linnaeus, the 18th-century Swedish scientist, thought that cacao was so important that he named the genus and species of this tree himself. He named this tree: Theobroma cacao, which literally means “cacao, the food of the gods.” As we approach 2012, and the patriarchal systems are crumbling, we decided to rename it "Cacao, food of the goddess".

Cacao beans contain no sugar and between 12% and 50% fat depending on variety and growth conditions. Our cacao beans contain around 40% fat content (low compared to other nuts). There is no evidence to implicate cacao bean consumption with obesity.

Raw cacao is contains hundreds of chemicals, is high in magnesium, iron, chromium, tryptophan, and antioxidants. It also contains PEA and anandamide.

Contrary to popular opinion, cacao is a poor source of caffeine. A typical sample of cacao nibs or cacao beans will yield anywhere from zero caffeine to 1,000 parts per million of caffeine (less than 1/20th of the caffeine present in coffee). In February 2008, Dr Gabriel Cousens discovered in clinical tests on healthy people that cacao does not elevate blood sugar in the same way as a caffeine containing food or beverage. In fact, Dr Cousens found that cacao has less of an effect on blood sugar than nearly any other food.

Sulphur and Magnesium
Cacao is remarkably rich in sulfur and magnesium. Cacao seems to be the number one source of magnesium of any food. This is probably the primary reason women crave chocolate during their period. Magnesium is associated with balanced brain chemistry, strong bones, and happiness. Magnesium is the most deficient major mineral on the Standard UK Diet (SUKD); over 80% of us are chronically deficient in Magnesium!

“Every study on chocolate is pointing to the same conclusion: there is something in chocolate that is really good for us. That something is the raw cacao bean, the nut that all chocolate is made from. The cacao bean has always been and will always be Nature’s #1 weight loss and high-energy food. Cacao beans are probably the best kept secret in the entire history of food.”
— David Wolfe, co-author of Naked Chocolate: The Astonishing Truth About The World’s Greatest Food.

Cacao is high in the beauty mineral sulphur. Sulfur is associated with strong nails, hair, beautiful, shiny skin, and a clean liver and pancreas.

MAO Inhibitors
Cacao seems to diminish appetite, probably due to its monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors) - these are different from digestive enzyme inhibitors found in most nuts and seeds. These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain. According to Dr Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthening and rejuvenation.

Phenylethylamine (PEA)
Phenylethylamine (PEA) is found in chocolate. PEA is an adrenal-related chemical that is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. This is one of the reasons why love and chocolate have a deep correlation. PEA also plays a role in increasing focus and alertness.

Anandamide (the bliss chemical)
A neurotransmitter called anandamide, has been isolated in cacao. Anandamide is also produced naturally in the brain. Anandamide is known as the bliss chemical because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our bodies’ ability to breakdown anandamide. This means that natural anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us feel good longer, when we eat cacao.

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