MSG affects nearly everyone in some way because
free glutamic acid - the business end of MSG and the amino acid that
increases in blood concentration when MSG is eaten, is used throughout the
body as a chemical messenger and neurotransmitter. However, some
people are more sensitive to excess amounts of free glutamic acid in the
body than the average person, who may not even notice symptoms of excess
free glutamic acid until after many years of MSG ingestion. We think
of these persons as "canaries in the coal mine". They are more at risk
of damage from eating MSG than the rest of us - but it is simply a matter of
degree. The following are possible reasons for
this increased MSG sensitivity:
Alcohol use which
(which handles transamination of amino acids) due to:
- nerve cells in the brain and elsewhere may not
have the ability to withstand the overstimulation caused by excess glutamate.
– MSG can induce seizure
increased nervous system sensitivity
causes a defiency of fuel to protect the blood/brain barrier
Magnesium Deficiency -
is used by the nervous system to close calcium channels. MSG is a calcium channel
Leads to Vitamin B6 deficiency as some medications
require a patient to limit B6 intake.
Parkinson's patients already have low dopamine levels. MSG lowers
dopamine levels further - counteracting the medication.
Type I Diabetes -
Caused by antibodies against GAD glutamic acid decarboxylase (85% of those with Type I Diabetes were found to
have antibodies against the enzyme that turns excess glutamate into GABA.)
Autism genes - Type I diabetes is associated with autism spectrum
Vitamin B 6 deficiency
caused by poor nutrition, alcohol use, or limiting this vitamin due to food/drug interactions.
Vitamin B12 deficiency - Vitamin B12 protects against glutamate
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