I had to report something that has surprised the hell out of me. At work we have all of these free drinks available to us – the usual coffee and tea plus biscuits. But there is also this huge tin of Milo. Milo is a malt barley-chocolate mixed powder that you can put straight into a glass of cold milk or make it a hot drink as well.
So 2 weeks ago I saw the tin sitting there and was hungry. I haven’t had Milo for years (over 10) and actually forgot it had chocolate in it. When I first looked at it I saw “malt” on it but not the chocolate. So I thought what the hell I’ll try one to see if it triggers anything. Maybe this drink will be ok for me etc. Something like a milkshake that might not send me crashing into the ground in flames like everything else that tastes great does.
So, I mixed up 3 spoonfuls in a tall glass of cold milk and loved every second of it. Then I waited. Nothing. So the next day I had another one. Again no reaction. By day 3 I woke up in the morning feeling better then I have in a VERY LONG TIME. I sat up in bed and thought, HOLY SHIT, I haven’t felt like this for ages (maybe years). No depressed crap feeling and a real spark going on and actually looked forward to going to work and getting stuck in to a project that has been a real pain in the rear. Anyhow, I thought it was a fluke and just an exceptionally good day. But the next day it continued. I had another smaller glass of Milo - just one spoonful and have been doing that most days ever since.
So I have now been feeling absolutely GREAT for 2 solid weeks. This is not a fluke. consistency is not a word I use often in my migraine life. I know how shitty I feel most days of with this crappy migraine brain. Good days are fleeting and few and far between.
So after a week I thought, “Is this the Milo?” I checked out the ingredients and the stuff is LOADED with vitamins – namely B vitamins and some stuff called Actigen-E. This from the website:
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MILO® provides a good ratio of Protein, Fats and Carbohydrate. It is also high in Iron, B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12) and Vitamin C. It only takes one mug of MILO® per day to provide 35% of your child’s recommended Iron intake.
Wikipedia: The Milo website states that the drink is high in calcium, iron and the vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12. It also has Actigen-E that releases the energy stored in a person’s body.
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I don’t know what it is but something has shifted in a BIG way. I’m still migraining, and still have the usual smouldering garbage in the background which intensifies if I screw up my sleep or eat a pile of bacon but man, I’m a happy camper at the moment. I honestly don’t give a damn about MAV right now.
So will it last? No idea but I’m riding a very nice wave.
So clearly, if Milo is responsible for making me feel so good, I have been deficient in some micro nutrient. B vitamins most likely. I remember years ago before MAV hit me I went through a phase of feeling lousy/ depressed in the mornings and dragging my ass all day. I went on a B complex and it snapped me out of it though I don’t recall feeling as good as I do now. Probably because I didn’t feel as bad before the B blast. Another weird thing is that Milo has chocolate in it yet I don’t notice any backlash from that. Nonetheless I’m keeping the dose low to avoid any potential nastiness.
So there you go. A drink that is cheap (free at work), tastes good, and seemingly stoking my fire again in a big way – not in an anxious way either like caffeine would.
I’d really be keen to see if anyone else notices any significant mood improvement by trying some Milo. Totally understand if the chocolate part of it is a put off though. I could always just take a vitamin complex but they always cause me brutal headaches. Probably the filler. I’ve yet to find vitamins I can take that don’t cause my head to explode with pain.
Bottoms up! Scott 8)
p.s. no, I didn’t just buy shares in the company. :lol: BTW, I can buy 1.25 kg of the stuff for $8.80. That will last months, possibly a year. This would have to be the cheapest “remedy” I have ever found.