What is MSG or monosodium glutamate? What is the glutathione MSG connection?
MSG is a sodium salt (in the chemistry sense) of the amino acid glutamate acid. It looks like something between salt and sugar. It is used as a food flavor enhancer. It comes in both a manufactured form and natural forms.
When manufactured, both right and left handed molecules are present. Like a glove on the wrong hand, it will work but not that well. the way it works in the body results in many problems.What is MSG: Trade Names?
Trade names include Ajinomoto, Vetsin and Accent. MSG has historically been known for its use in the foods of Chinese restaurants. MSG is now used by many fast food chains and in many processed foods. Even meats that have juices injected may have MSG added.
Although numerous papers will say that it is safe for most people, there are numerous flaws in the research. Since MSG is so widely used, some may be exposed to levels beyond what is safe for anyone. Even if the levels are not unsafe on their own, the continued intake can result in an intolerance. This is much the same a chemical insensitivity.
Some will refer to this intolerance as MSG allergy. However, our immunity system will not recognize MSG as an allergen. Even so, the body will attack some of the larger enzymes that help the body process MSG. Due to the abundance of MSG in the various foods we eat, it cannot be totally avoided. If you are sensitive, you will need to take a MSG antagonist. Some even call it the MSG antidote.
This MSG intolerance, called Chinese restaurant syndrome, can cause numerous adverse health problems. Some may be life threatening. Another name for the health challenges is MSG symptom complex.
MSG helps stimulate our taste buds, making foods taste better. From a consumers standpoint, you can make better tasting chicken than your mom did when you were a kid.
Theoretically, you could add MSG to cardboard and make it into a tasty meal.
From a business standpoint, it is addictive. So the more people get it, the more they want. So when you thought you could not eat just one because they were so good, the reality was due to an addiction caused by the chemical MSG.
But is this not a good thing? Well, outside of the toxic effects on our brain and body, it helps improve appetite. What this means for the elderly is that they eat more. What this means for those of us who are not elderly is we eat more. And we get fat more. And we get fat related diseases more.
And our children get fat more because they eat more. All because of the addiction to MSG.
Here we would have sent you to a web page that no longer exists. When websites cease to exist, while the pages are removed in time, there are sometimes archived versions of the pages. This is one of those things that make you go hmmmm. This raises even more questions as to what is MSG.
So, you can go to the archived versions of it...or....here is the last sentence below the link.
The Glutamate Association where you can see archived versions of the nonexistent page. Read the last sentence of the posting.
It says..."Studies have found that adding MSG to certain foods, such as soup and mashed potatoes, has been successful in increasing the food intake in institutionalized elderly populations."
This might sound like a good thing. But.....
MSG acts as a neruo-excitotoxin or neurotoxin. This means it has a degenerative effect on the brain as well as the nervous system. This is in addition to damage that it causes in the body.
The result of one of these effects is triggering a response in the insulin, adrenal glands, fat storage mechanism, and cravings response.
This is why you can be full and still crave more an hour later, before the food has had a chance to get out of your stomach.
So, in addition to numerous health problems, MSG could be the cause of much of the obesity epidemic.
John Erb, author of the book The Slow Poisoning of America notes that MSG is food industry's equivalent to nicotine.
If you read no farther, you might like to know that glutathione is the antagonist for MSG. This means that if you boost your glutathione the body can readily deal with, even detoxify the MSG you cannot avoid.
This is only a brief look at what is MSG?
The next question, what are the effects of MSG? The preceding has only covered a few of the effects. There are many more. Some could even be mistaken for more serious heart troubles, resulting in your being put on heart medications that you do not need.
More MSG Resources More foods to avoid.
Other Names for MSG This is an A to Z list.
Effects Of MSG on You and Me How it hurts you.
Boost Your Glutathione Basic foods to boost GSH.
Other Detrimental Diet Concerns Foods to avoid.
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