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Brain Freeze Ice Cream
Brain freeze ice cream
headache, freeze, or Frozen
ice cream Brain Syndrome all are terms used
to describe a form of cranial pain or headache which all most
people are known to sometimes experience after consuming cold
beverages or foods such as ice cream, often as a result of
the rapid consumption.
The reaction is triggered
by the cold substance consumed coming into any contact with
the roof of the mouth. It
some times also irritates nerves in the region (sphenopalatine
ganglia), causing them spasm. These nerves cause the blood
vessels in the part of brain to dilate. When vessels in the
brain dilate, a common effect is an acute headache (a similar
effect occurs when one takes the prescription vasodilator,
such as Nitroglycerin or Viagra).
Once a report was submitted
to the British Medical Journal on the Brain Freeze; it focused
on the effect of speed of consumption in ice
cream on causing Brain Freeze. It was co-written
by the Canadian grade 8 student (about 13 years old).
It has been estimated that
35% of the population experiences brain freeze. “Most
people have experienced the dreaded of all ice cream
headaches at some point. You are minding your own
business in a hot summer day and you are eating something
ice cream cone, a milk shake, a slurped
snow-cone ice cream. Then suddenly, out of the
blue you are hit with the most excruciating headache in the
world! Fortunately they only last about 20 seconds.
The dilation may be caused
by a nerve center located above the roof of your mouth - when
this nerve center gets cold; it seems to be over-reacting
and tries to heat your brain. Therefore, the easy way to avoid
brain in freeze would be to keep cold things away from the
roof of your mouth!"