Chocolate, Cheese and Wine

Dr. Motley - Chocolate, Cheese and Wine

‘‘Tis the fall” time for chocolate, cheese, and wine.

These are the three things God made specifically to make everyone smile.

What if you get a headache or stomach ache after eating them?

This could be due to the high levels of tyramines and histamines found in aged and fermented foods.

These are both called amines, they are breakdown products of the amino acids tyrosine and histidine. Amino acids make our proteins.

The gene MAO-B is the final step in the breakdown and elimination of tyramines and histamines.

If we eat too many cheeses and chocolates, drink too much wine (tyramine overload), along with foods we are sensitive to (high histamines) you get a “bottleneck” effect.

The MAO gene cannot breakdown this high amount if you have a defect in the MAO gene.

Bottleneck effect can result in:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Emotional Issues
  • Heart palpitations
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Aggression
  • Concentration issues


If you love these lovely aged foods, but you experience some of these symptoms, get your genes checked for the MAO-B enzyme defect. This gene can also be responsible for anxiety and depression as well.

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If you do have the defect then, the company will give you suggestions of which nutrients to utilize to help decrease the symptoms.

These are some nutrients that research has shown will help your body break down tyramine and histamine.

  • B6-P5P
  • B complex
  • Manganese
  • Boron
  • Quercetin

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