Excitotoxins Such as MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Are Neurotoxic, but Labeling is Dishonest, Hidden and the FDA is Complicit
Excitotoxins are neurotransmitters than “excite” neurons and by doing so continually, kill the neurons that use those transmitters. Examples include monosodium glutamate (glutamic acid) and aspartame (aspartic acid).
Low blood sugar and magnesium deficiency are good ways to ensure neuron death. Both are critical to the cellular mechanisms that produce energy in cells, including pumping out calcium. You cannot eat enough from the modern food supply to get adequate magnesium, so supplement with magnesium, which will have many beneficial effects.
The blood-brain barrier is effective for only short periods of time to exclude excitotoxins. Problem is, excitotoxins can linger for many hours, exposing certain types of critical neurons to constant firing, killing them.
But when you have a concussion, or low blood sugar, or high body temperature and various other situations, that barrier is greatly degraded and so consumption of excitotoxins like MSG and aspartame is a surefire way to kill brain cells that might not matter right away, but might ruin your older years.
Over time and past a critical threshold, all sorts of neurodegenerative diseases can develop from loss of these neurons, once the remarkably adaptable human brain has lost more than 40% or so of them.
Is it be any surprise that neurodegenerative diseases are now rampant with middle-age onwards? Ignore at your own peril, but it’s one of those things that can bite you in the ass 20 years down the line.
The FDA is complicit in hiding sources of MSG. The FDA’s de facto mission is to protect industry, not your health! Hence “food” and drug manufacturers can get away with poisoning you, and have for many years.
- Low fat and no fat milk products often contain milk solids that contain MSG. Other dairy products often contain guar gum and/or locust bean gum. Low fat and no fat versions of ice-cream and cheese may not be as obvious as yogurt, milk, cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc., but they are not exceptions.
- Protein powders and protein drinks contain glutamic acid, and the glutamic acid in the protein powders and drinks will always be processed (manufactured), i.e., will always contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG). Individual amino acids are not always listed on labels of protein powders and drinks.
Examples are hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed pea protein, hydrolyzed whey protein, hydrolyzed, corn protein. If a tomato, for example, were whole, it would be identified as a tomato. Naming an ingredient “tomato protein” indicates that the tomato has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is present.
WIND: many more sources, see the whole list.