Laura said:Gotnoscript, MSG is not just something people are sensitive to, it is an excitotoxin that actively kills brain cells!!!
Excerpt from The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean - Chapter Four: Migraines and Pain - p.61
Dean said:Aspartame and MSG: Excitotoxins
Aspartame is, in fact, an excitotoxin, one of a group of substances, usually acidic amino acids, that in high amounts react with specialised receptors in the brain, causing destruction of certain types of neurons.
A growing number of neurosurgeons and neurologists are convinced that excitotoxins play a critical role in the development of several neurological disorders, including migraines, seizures, learning disorders in children, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Glutamate and aspartate are two powerful amino acids that act as neurotransmitters in the brain in very small concentrations, but they are also commonly available in food additives. Glutamate is in MSG, a flavour enhancer, and in hydrologyzed vegetable protein, found in hundreds of processed foods. Aspartate is one of three components of aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), a sugar substitute. In higher concentrations as food additives, these chemicals constantly stimulate brain cells and cause them to undergo a process of cell death known as excitotoxicity - the cells are excited to death.