Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) can damage the brain

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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a salt that is chemically converted into a flavor enhancer. MSG is an excitotoxin in the brain, meaning that it over stimulates the brain causing the production of excessive amounts of dopamine. Because MSG damages the brain and alters the ability of the brain to respond to the signal from the hormone leptin, it destroys the hardwiring in the brain of a rat like it does in the brain of a person.

MSG also promotes liver inflammation and dysplasia

Chronic inflammation is a common theme in a variety of disease pathways, including autoimmune diseases. In a study reported in the February 2008 edition of the Journal of Autoimmunity, researchers reported that injecting MSG in mice leads to significant liver inflammation along with obesity and type-2 diabetes. To address the long-term consequences of MSG on inflammation, they performed serial analysis of MSG injected mice and focused in particular on liver pathology.

They found that by the age of 6 and 12 months, all MSG treated mice developed liver inflammation and structural change. Lesions were detected in some cases.

More on the dangers of MSG here. 

Typical MSG complaints include:

  • burning sensations of the mouth, head and neck, (1)
  • weakness of the arms or legs, (1)
  • headaches, (1)
  • upset stomach, (1)
  • hives or other allergic-type reactions with the skin.(2)

(1) Food Allergy. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice (1998)

(2) Additive-induced urticaria: experience with monosodium glutamate (MSG). The Journal of Nutrition, 2000

The monosodium glutamate symptom complex: assessment in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: Part 1 (1997)

A double blind study found that MSG exposure caused muscle tightness, fatigue, numbness or tingling, and flushing in sensitive people.

A high dietary intake of sodium glutamate as flavoring (ajinomoto) causes gross changes in retinal morphology and function. Experimental Eye Research, 2002

MSG exposure over a period of 3-6 months led to significant risk for damage to the retinas of the eyes. Initially, there was no visible damage, but multiple exposure over a period of time led to the irreparable injury.

Behavioral and endocrinological effects of single injections of monosodium glutamate in the mouse. Neurobehavioural Toxicology and Teratology (1986) 

Not only do they cause brain damage and lead to nervous disorders, but they also cause radical hormone fluctuations. Mice injected with MSG become rapidly obese, inactive, and have other hormonal issues.

Food Additives: What You Eat Can Kill You. Blaylock, Russell, 2007 

Humans are 20 times more sensitive to MSG than monkeys, 5 times more sensitive than rats.

Excitotoxicity and N‐methyl‐D‐Aspartate receptors. Drug Development Research, 1989

The neuroscientist Dr. John Olney found that MSG not only destroyed retinal vision cells, but also parts of the brain. This brain damage was done as neurons became over excited, virtually exciting themselves to death. He called this “excitotoxicity,” and that has led subsequent researchers to describe MSG as an “excitotoxin.”

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