The list of side effects of MSG is rather long.
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The Effects of MSG Problem
There is not a lot of human research to back the following information. There is though quite a bit of anecdotal evidence related to the human problems that are side effects of eating foods with MSG.
Note: This is only intended as information to help you start further research. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. It is not intended for you to self medicate either. Any changes you make should be done under the supervision of your doctor.
Effects of MSG
Glutamate, an amino acid, has the potential to effect many organs in the body, especially the brain.
MSG affects the Pancreas.
Increases the production of insulin. The extra insulin converts the sugar in the blood to fat. The MSG triggered extra insulin leads to lower sugar levels resulting in tiredness and increased hunger.
If the pancreas enters into a state of hyperinsulinemia or the the chronic overproduction of insulin, then the body starts producing producing killer T cells to stop this process.
Liver inflammation can be caused by MSG
Dysplasia (enlargement of an organ or tissue as the result of abnormal cell proliferation) is the result. It is a precancerous condition.
As we take in more monosodium glutamate, it will start to do more damage. Once too much glutamate is in our brains, the neurons start to die. Glutamate acts as an exciter to the neurons. Overexcite them and they will die.
Chronic headaches and migraines are linked to consuming too much MSG.
MSG is one of the most effective ways to create an obese test subject in the lab for experiments.
Pitting Pedal Edema
Often the symptom of left sided heart failure, pitting edema has been reported in some with an intolerance to MSG. This is a condition where the feet and ankles swell up and if you press your finger into the swelling, a depression will remain for a short period of time.
There are further links to Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD, seizures and even Alzheimer's.
MSG can possibly aggravate or even result in many of today's epidemic neurodegenerative brain diseases.
Included in the diseases are Huntington's, Parkinson's, ALS, and Alzheimer's disease?
If you have...
history of brain injury
history of stroke
...then MSG could put you at greater risk.
What is the basis for saying this if there is so little scientific research?
When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better. In other words, all things being equal, the simplest answer is the right answer.
First Theroy: MSG May Contribute to Certain Diseases and Conditions
Anecdotal evidence suggests that MSG is in some way responsible, plays a role, can potentate or may be involved in some way many of the below diseases or conditions. This is supported in studies on mice, rats and reports of use in dogs.
Second Theory: Block MSG and Treat Certain Diseases or Conditions
From the website 'Stroke':
Clinical Experience With Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonist Drugs
"Excitotoxic damage due to excess release of neuronal glutamate is hypothesized to play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of focal cerebral ischemia. Drugs that antagonize excitatory amino acid function are consistently neuroprotective in preclinical models of stroke, and many are now entering clinical trials."
Note the word hypothesized. In other words, it is a theory relating to strokes.
There are glutamine blocking or regulating drugs are being used or investigated for the treatment of ...
Anxio-depressive states with somatic complaints
Anxio-depressive states observed in alcoholic detoxification
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Depression (major depression with or without melancholia or dysthymic disorders, without psychotic features)
Huntington's disease (HD)
Neurotic or reactive states of depression
Parkinson's Disease (PD)
All things being equal, MSG is in some way responsible for many of these in some degree.
Reactions to MSG A comprehensive review.
If There Was A Better Way?
If there was a better way to manage the exposure to MSG would you be interested? If there was a better way to eliminate the side effects of MSG exposure would you want to know?
There is a MSG antagonist. You cannot take the antagonist. All you can do is take the building blocks that will help you build the bodies natural MSG antagonist.
That antagonist is glutathione or GSH.
In addition to trying to avoid MSG in your diet, it is essential to boost your glutathione to manage the MSG that you cannot eliminate. Many have found that boosting glutathione has resolved many health problems.
Protection From the Effects of MSG: Two Solutions
First solution is change your diet. Moving toward the raw food diet and the Paleo Diet will help. Check out the book in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Second, boost your glutathione. This is especially necessary if you are exposed and need this as a rescue supplement. In this case, the NAC might be the best form to have with you.
Get N-Acetylcysteine for MSG Rescue? Best Rescue Supplement
Ingredients and Foods Containing MSG Your toxic cupboard.
Boost Your Glutathione Simple dietary changes.
Other Detrimental Diet Concerns Other foods to avoid.
More on What is MSG? The skinny.
This review of the effects of MSG will continue to grow. Please come back as we add new findings.
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