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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) by Frank Garcia

More MSG please.

Neurotoxins are found everywhere; preservatives, pesticides, and flavoring additives.  In short, the FDA has failed to protect the consumer against potentially serious conditions which occur secondary to ingesting monosodium glutamate (MSG).  Glutamate is the active ingredient. In our body, natural levels of glutamic acid are used in order to regulate nerve and healthy brain function.  However, overloading the brain with synthetic glutamate may lead to over-stimulating neural receptors which cause the opposite effect on brain function, optic nerve function, and pancreatic function.

Without naming brands or products, we can list very specific ingredients which must legally be disclosed on the nutrition label to help protect you and your loved ones. Everyone may have a different reaction to monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is the most widely distributed and increasingly common neurotoxin.

Additives that always will contain MSG include these various forms of hydrolyzed protein:

  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Autolyzed Yeast

Additionally, it is hidden in ingredients such as:

  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Textured Vegetable Protein

MSG can cause a range of side effects.  Adults may experience headache, nausea, and bloating after a large dosing of MSG.  In children, cognitive changes have been observed and instances of ADHD, Asperger’s a type of autism, and OCD have dramatically increased in our population.  Incidentally, Abilify, which is a type of mood stabilizer has been approved for treatment of ADHD in children.  An easier way to mitigate the effect on neurotransmitters would be to eliminate the MSG intake from the diet.

Less processed means less additives. Protect yourself and your family by avoiding pre-packaged meals, soy sauces, Umami flavors, and anything that looks overly glazed.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.