EFFECTS OF MSG AND ASPARTAME ON FIBROMYALGIA

NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS OF DIETARY ADDITIVES CONTRIBUTING TO FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS

Unless you eat strictly fresh foods, you will be consuming some sort of dietary additives.  When you go to a Chinese restaurant they are famous for adding a flavor enhancer called monosodium glutamate (MSG) to their buffet items. Many people know that it causes migraines.  Any one who drinks a diet drink may be ingesting aspartate (Aspartame) as one of the chemical sweeteners.  However, these chemicals can and do play havoc with our body chemicals.

Following is an excerpt regarding the findings of a clinical trial on the effects of MSG and aspartate on fibromyalgia and irritable bowel symptoms (IBS):

The effect of dietary glutamate on fibromyalgia and irritable bowel symptoms
– Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, Jul 4, 2012
By KF Holton, et al.

[Note: glutamic acid (glutamate) is “the chief excitatory neurotransmitter in the human brain” and aspartate can excite neurons in place of glutamate. Many neurodegenerative & cognitive problems are believed to involve the ‘excitotoxin’ activity of glutamate/aspartate. Cells can synthesize one from the other, but these chemicals are both also common in foods. For example wheat gluten is 43% glutamate, milk protein 23%, gelatin 12%; MSG is glutamate and Aspartame is aspartate.]

Abstract:
Objectives: To examine the effects of a challenge with monosodium glutamate (MSG) as compared to placebo on the symptoms of fibromyalgia (FM), in participants who initially experienced >30% remission of symptoms on an excitotoxin elimination diet.

Results: The MSG challenge, as compared to placebo, resulted in:

• A significant return of symptoms ……

• A worsening of fibromyalgia severity ………

• Decreased quality of life in regards to IBS symptoms ……..

Conclusions: These findings suggest that dietary glutamate may be contributing to FM symptoms in some patients. Future research on the role of dietary excitotoxins in FM is warranted.

To read the full paper please go to http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=17091

I always tried to stay away from MSG because I get migraines but I always drink diet drinks.  I went on this month-long sort of detox diet where I didn’t eat any wheat, rice, no white of any kind. I was able to eat tapioca, no diet drinks. After one month I could go back starting with brown rice.  I never felt better.  I had energy to spare. That was a few years ago.  Since then I went back to drinking diet drinks and eating wheat. My energy is not the same. And as I write this I know now that I will be back on that dietary plan starting tomorrow.

Have a Great Day!

Donna

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About Donna

I am a Certified Reiki Practitioner, freelance writer, poet and mentor of Life.
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