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Post  Kinibop on Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:10 am

MSG Dangers?

By Michelene K. Bell

First let me say that I am in no way an expert on the safety nor the reported dangers of MSG. There are many proponents of MSG and the battle between the two camps, one claiming it to be safe and the other stating its’ dangers has taken center stage over the years. Therefore, I leave it up to each individual to draw their own conclusions with regard to MSG. I have provided at the end of this article several links which I encourage you to research. What is right for you and your body can only be determined by you. My hope is that you make informed decisions that speaks to your inner knowledge and wisdom.

MSG is produced by fermentation of starch, sugar beets, sugar cane or molasses. MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a salt of the amino acid Glutamic Acid (glutamate) and can be found in many food products.

Its’ origin was first discovered in 1907 by Professor Ikeda of Japan. Made from kombu, a type of seaweed, MSG became a food flavor enhancer and was introduced to the United States in 1947.

FDA regulations state: “when MSG is added to a food it must be identified as ‘monosodium glutamate’ in the label’s ingredient list.”

Please note: the free glutamic acid component of MSS may also be present in a wide variety of other additives including, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, soy extracts and “natural flavorings.”

According to sources, labels that claim “No MSG” or “No added MSG” are misleading the public if foods contain ingredients of free glutamates such as hydrolyzed protein. It is important to read the labels…especially if you are sensitive to such additives.

Labeling has become an important issue to consumers. In 1994 a petition was presented to the FDA requesting changes in labeling requirements for foods that contain MSG or related substances. The petition further asks that the amount of free glutamic acid or MSG be stated on the label along with a warming that MSG may be harmful to certain individuals or groups. There has been no decision from the FDA on this petition.

Currently, under FDA regulations, significant amounts of free glutamate can be included in food under the following ingredient labels: MSG, monosodium glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed protein, textured protein, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, protein isolate, soy sauce, modified food starch, modified corn starch, calcium caseinate and sodium caseinate.

Originally associated with food in Chinese restaurants, MSG can now be found in most common food products and some health products consumed in the US such as:

• most canned soups (except low sodium varieties)

• most beef and chicken stocks (except low sodium varieties)

• most Instant soup mixes

• most flavored potato chips

• many other snack foods

• many frozen dinners

• almost all US originated fast foods products i.e. grilled chicken, cobb salads, French fries, seasoned beef, hot and spicy chicken patties, sausage scrambled egg mix, sausage

• fast food fried chicken chains

• instant meals such as seasoning mixtures for instant noodles

• fish extract made from decomposed fish protein used now in Japanese sushi dishes

• some cold cuts and most hotdogs

• salted nuts— most of them

• seasoned flour

• seaweed extract found in sushi rolls

• some processed cheese spreads

• supermarket poultry or turkeys that are injected or “self-basting”

• bouillon — any kind

• many salad dressings

• most salty, powdered dry food mixes

• restaurant soups made from food service soup base or with added MSG

• gelatin

• sausages, most supermarkets add MSG to theirs

• processed cheese spreads

• hydrolyzed vegetable protein (found in many processed foods)

• dry milk and whey powder

• yeast extract

• soy protein isolate & soy sauce

• “natural flavors” — may contain up to 20% MSG

• dough conditioners

• malted barley flour found in many store breads & all-purpose flours

• body builder drink powders containing protein

• many cheeses

• over-ripe tomatoes

• mushrooms

• medications in gelcaps

• cosmetics and shampoos — some now contain glutamic acid

• fresh produce sprayed with Auxigro.

People Sensitive To MSG

It was in1995 that a report acknowledged an unknown percentage of our population may have a reaction to MSG and develop several symptoms which include:

• burning sensations in the back of neck, forearms and chest

• numbness in the back of the neck extending to the arms and back

• tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck and arms

• facial pressure or tightness

• chest pain

• headaches, nausea, rapid heartbeats

• broncho-spasm (difficulty breathing)

• drowsiness and weakness

Although these health implications of MSG consumption are heavily debated and there is a considerable body of anecdotal evidence suggesting these negative health effects, it has not been supported by recognized research.

Please note however, that we, as individuals and as a society must rely upon our own research and how we are affected by such free glutamic acid proprieties.

There are some groups that insist that MSG has great health risks on various body systems such as:

Allergic Response — MSG is not a true allergen but may directly affect immune response by stimulating the nervous system. It may also affect white blood cell levels.

Blood Pressure may create taurine deficiencies and calcium channels stay open causing high blood pressure and counteracting calcium channel blocking medication

Blood Vessels — Glutamate is vasoactie. It changes the diameter of the blood vessels which may cause headaches.

The Brain — MSG may bring down the brain’s barriers during periods of hypoglycemia, (low blood glucose levels) and leave the brain with low defenses or allergy response.

Digestive System may create taurine deficiency due to its effect on cysteine. Cysteine competes with glutamate. Unfortunately, cysteine is used to make taurine, and taurine is used to make bile which is made by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. If bile formation is compromised, diarrhea and “gall bladder attacks” may occur.

Endocrine System — GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) stimulates the pituitary to produce growth hormone. Research has shown that MSG can also over-stimulate prolactin production by the pituitary and cause sterility in female animals.

Hearing — The hair cells of the ear use glutamate as a neurotransmitter. Over-stimulation of cells by glutamate can result in ringing in the ears. Glutamate opens calcium channels.

Heart Rate — May create taurine deficiency which regulates the heartbeat causing irregular or racing heartbeat

Hypoglycemia — MSG’s stimulation of pancreas decreases blood glucose, making hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) worse.

Hypothalamus is part of the brain most susceptible to attack. This part of the brain directs the action of the pituitary gland which directs the action of the entire endocrine system. Many MSG sensitive persons become diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction and are put on synthetic hormone. This would suggest that the hypothalamus may be compromised and unable to effectively direct the pituitary gland and consequently the thyroid. The hypothalamus also regulates hunger, and body temperature. The hypothalamus is also responsible for rage and panic as well.

Lungs — Asthma due to MSG’s stimulatory effect on the nervous system would explain why asthma is induced in some by MSG

Nervous System — MSG stimulates nerves in tongue and elsewhere directly. Glutamate in excess can over-stimulate nerve cells until they die.

Pancreas — Glutamate stimulates the pancreas and may cause Type II diabetes, obesity, and insulin resistance.

Vision — There are glutamate receptors in the retina. Laboratory studies on animals have shown the retina to be damaged by MSG

What To Eat?

MSG-sensitive people do well with:

• Organic fresh fruits and vegetables NOT sprayed with Auxigro

• Organic frozen vegetables; no added ingredients

• Naturally raised and unprocessed meats

• Non-enriched or homemade rice milk, homemade almond milk, or homemade hazelnut milk

• Italian/French bread made with wheat or semolina flour (NO malted barley), yeast, salt, and water

• Wheat flour without malted barley.

• Canned tuna with only water or olive oil and salt

• Olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and salt as a salad dressing

• Quickly cooked homemade pasta sauces made from fresh vegetables

• Shrimp without sulfites added

• Whole organic milk

• Organic butter with only cream and salt in it

• Soft cheeses such as fresh mozzarella made with rennet and not aged

• Imported Italian pasta

• Black olives

• Almonds with nothing added

• Fresh eggs

• Cooking oils: hazelnut, grapeseed, canola, sunflower, almond, avocado, sesame etc. with nothing added

• Brown rice with nothing added

Four rules to use when purchasing products:

1. The more salty a processed food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate. Read the sodium content.

2. The more processed a food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate: powdered stuff used to be food is likely to have added MSG because the original flavor has been degraded.

3. The more ingredients in a packaged food, the more likely MSG is present. Read labels carefully if a food has more than five ingredients.

4. Do not trust something simply because it is in a health food store and the label states it is natural or even organic.

Possible Remedies?

Taurine — Some MSG sensitive individuals report relief from some MSG symptoms by taking taurine in powder form free of additives or fillers. Taurine is the body’s water soluble antioxidant, and inhibitory neurotransmitter. The body also uses taurine to make bile, which aids in the digestion of fats.

Taurine is so important in the body, that since 1986 it has been added to baby formula because it is essential for proper growth and development. Also, studies of people with epilepsy have shown that taurine levels in the brain after a seizure are unusually low. Taurine is now being considered as treatment for diabetes as well as epilepsy.

Foods high in taurine include fresh fish and meat. It is not found in significant amounts in foods of non-meat origin. Heat for long periods of time destroys it. It is interesting that the Japanese use much MSG, but also eat diets high in fish, and raw fish at that. A Japanese meal of sushi contains much taurine, as well as MSG. Chinese food, which often is cooked at high heat and also contains mushrooms, another source of free glutamate, and often mostly vegetables, would contain less protective taurine.

Magnesium — In a recent report on CNN, magnesium was reported as one remedy for migraine sufferers. MSG is a migraine trigger. It should be noted that some MSG sensitive individuals report relief from some symptoms by increasing intake of magnesium to avoid deficiency. The reasoning behind this approach is that glutamate is a calcium channel opener as it causes nerve cells to fire. Over-stimulated nerve cells can die if too much stimulatory glutamate is present. Magnesium is the mineral the nervous system uses to switch over-taxed nerve cells to “off”.

Vitamin B6 — This vitamin is used by the body for many functions, including helping to convert amino acids into other amino acids. It has been shown that those with Vitamin B6 deficiency show increased sensitivity to MSG. It should be noted that it is possible to take too much vitamin B6 and that for those with MSG sensitivity that are not Vitamin B6 deficient, more Vitamin B6 may not be of any benefit.

MSG is a calcium channel opener. This means it can act as a blood pressure raiser. It is well accepted that high blood pressure raises the risk of stroke. In cultures that use copious amounts of MSG, such as Singapore, stroke is on the rise, even in young adults. Many of the newer cardiovascular drugs are calcium channel blockers. It is interesting to note that, Vitamin B6 is now being touted for cardiovascular health by physicians.

It should also be noted that individuals who ingest too much alcohol put themselves at risk of damaging their liver and inducing Vitamin B6 deficiency. Because of this, alcohol use is not encouraged for those who are borderline Vitamin B6 deficient, or MSG sensitive.

For those patients who must restrict Vitamin B6 due to medical conditions (Vitamin B6 can interfere with Parkinson’s medications), avoiding MSG is critical, as there may be less ability to deal with an excess of glutamate.

Vitamin B6 is also used by the body to create another very important substance for treating heart disease, CoQ10

CoQ10 — CoQ10 helps the body take fuel in the form of glucose, or blood sugar, and turn it into energy in the cells of the body. CoQ10 has been of some benefit in reducing the symptoms of MSG Symptom Complex.

The rationale is that since glutamate in excess can over-stimulate nerve cells until they die, energy is crucial. If there is enough energy converted to help an over stimulated nerve cell withstand an excess of glutamate, than the nerve cell will recover. If however, there is a CoQ10 deficiency, the cell will run out of energy and die.

CORN SENSITIVITY — It should be noted that some MSG sensitive individuals complain of reactions to food items containing corn. Corn contains substances which interfere in the glucose to energy pathway. It was found early in the 20th century that diets consisting mainly of corn resulted in the disease pellagra. Pellagra is a deficiency of niacin…a vitamin that aids in the glucose to energy pathway. Niacin deficiency results in “The Four D’s” Dermatitis, Dementia, Diarrhea, and Death. The body grinds to a halt, and cells die from lack of energy. Those with liver damage or vitamin B6 deficiency manifests itself as skin rash, digestive disorders, lack of concentration. CoQ10 may help with corn sensitivity.

So, is MSG safe or a health risk danger? Are the ills of today a result of MSG consumption? Perhaps or perhaps not. I believe there are many reasons as to our health issues and not just one product. We have become a nation of fast foods, nutritionally bankrupt products and an environment contaminated by many sources. One thing I do believe, is most of us would prefer natural and nutrient rich foods…without the additives or preservatives/seasonings best suit my health.
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Post  ceciltaylor on Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:22 am

A real good source for artificial sweetners and MSG is the retired neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock. Search his youtube videos on msg, aspertame, and vaccines. He is awesome!!!!! I guess the only head way we will ever make with that is to quit buying packaged processed foods. The PTB will get it in us somehow, whether it be chemtrails, water, medicines, dental....they really have covered it all. I also subscribe to the Inner Circle on, it is an awesome site. The Inner Circle has interviews with top of the line holistic professionals as well as convential turned holistic doctors and many other experts in various fields.


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