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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
  • Bouillon
  • Stock
  • Natural Flavoring
  • Seasoning
  • Malt Flavoring
  • Broth
  • Flavoring
  • Natural Beef or Chicken
  • Flavoring 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:

  1. Avoid processed foods.

  2. Avoid trans and saturated fats -- Fats that are solid at room temperature, such as margarine.

  3. Eat good fats -- Omega-3 from cold water fish, such as salmon, and flax seed.

  4. Eat breakfast.

  5. Increase aerobic fitness through regular exercise. Avoid exercise on an empty stomach.

  6. Stop smoking.

  7. Protect the brain from free radical damage with foods and supplements high in vitamins A, C, E, and minerals selenium, magnesium, zinc.

  8. Further supplementation with antioxidants such as grape seed extract, pycnogenol, green tea, etc. is recommended.


Real Eye Openers

Highly recommended books on Excitotoxins. Many good, practical tips.


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Dr. Rick Allen is a chiropractor, massage therapist and dance student who splits his time between Portland, Oregon and Trout Lake Washington. Dr. Rick welcomes your questions and suggestions for future articles. However, he cannot make specific diagnoses or treatment recommendations unless you visit him in person. He can be reached by phone at 503-257-1324 in Portland, 509-395-0024 in Trout Lake, or toll free at 1-888-247-3248, email or on the World Wide Web: www.CascadeWellnessClinic.com

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this website is meant to encourage thinking concerning choices of care for and insight pertaining to possible causes of various problems. It is not a prescription for or diagnosis of any disease or condition. Suggestions are based on the assumption by the writer that a thorough examination was done previously and the reader is under care by a healthcare professional. This information is not a substitute for a live doctor.

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