Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills:
Monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (NutraSweet) and similar substances, known as excitotoxins, can cause harm to the brain and nervous system.
There is a relationship between excitotoxins and neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), ADD, ADHD and others.
Hidden Sources of MSG:
The glutamate manufacturers and the processed food industries are always on a quest to disguise MSG added to food. Below is a partial list of the most common names for disguised MSG. Remember also that the powerful excitotoxins aspartame and L-cysteine are frequently added to foods and according to FDA rules, require no labeling at all.
Additives that always contain MSG:
- Monosodium Glutamate
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
- Calcium Caseinate
- Textured Protein
- Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein Extract
- Sodium Caseinate
- Yeast Extract
- Autolyzed Yeast
Additives that frequently contain MSG:
- Malt Extract
- Natural Flavouring
- Malt Flavouring
- Natural Beef or Chicken
- Flavouring Spices
Additives that may contain MSG or Excitotoxins:
- Carrageenan Enzymes
- Soy Protein Concentrate
- Soy Protein Isolate
- Whey Protein Concentrate
How to Reduce the Detrimental Effects of Excitotoxins:
- Avoid processed foods.
- Avoid trans and saturated fats -- Fats that are solid at room temperature, such as margarine.
- Eat good fats -- Omega-3 from cold water fish, such as salmon, and flax seed.
- Eat breakfast.
- Increase aerobic fitness through regular exercise. Avoid exercise on an empty stomach.
- Stop smoking.
- Protect the brain from free radical damage with foods and supplements high in vitamins A, C, E, and minerals selenium, magnesium, zinc.
- Further supplementation with antioxidants such as grape seed extract, pycnogenol, white or green tea, etc. is recommended.