Is natural MSG part of a nourishing
Glutamate (the G in MSG) is an essential nutrient, without which we
would be vegetables. It has its historical origins in Chinese seaweed
soup called xian wei, one of the many so-called "hidden sources" of
MSG. It was made by the Chinese for 100's, if not 1000's, of years. It
was made out of kelp, and no-one ever complained of Chinese
Syndrome when they ate it. In 1908, a Japanese guy extracted glutamate
from kelp and pronounced it "umami", Japanese for "delicious". (The
Japanese are very good at taking the best of other cultures and
re-branding it as Japanese.) Still, no problem. It wasn't until after
Western scientists began manufacturing it as Ac'cent that people began
to complain of getting sick after eating it. Natural MSG acts in
balance with taurine, and usually
is found something in
nature with taurine. Perhaps the problem was that it was
taken out of its natural setting, perhaps there was else
wrong with it. Processed
MSG shouldn't be any worse than any other processed,
I suspect that at some time in
the past its US manufacturers
decided to change the way it was made. This experiment failed and
people began noticing what was called "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" at
the time. I suspect that rather than face the wrath of the American
public when they learned
that they had been the guinea pigs for an experiment in increasing
profit margins, they, the msg manufacturer, let the health-food people
(nuts, as they were called at the time) accuse all msg of having the
extreme ill effects. That way nobody ever asks why msg that goes back
hundreds of years briefly became so pathogenic.
If you have a negative reaction to
(any symptoms indicating over-stimulated nerves), you should
discontinue consuming the item in question and look for ways to add
more taurine to your diet.
Questioning the alternative-health
narrative about MSG
kills brain cells.
very sceptical of this claim. It sounds
like scare mongering. That's what they say about
marijuana. First off, it sounds horrible but actually it's not
that big a deal. Brain cells die all the time. Thousands die every day.
It is the nature of cellular life. There is not a cell in your body
that is alive today that will still be alive in 3 months' time. So how
were they able to look in a brain on msg, determine which cells were
dying naturally and which were dying due to over-stimulation by msg?
MSG kills brain
cells because it "overstimulates nerves."
does this mean? Nerve cells go on and off. Glutamate stimulates
nerves, yes, and if there is too much of it, it will stimulate too many
of them. But how, exactly, does it "over-stimulate" an individual cell?
How does it turn it more on than on?
MSG is an
Was this name thought up by a *scientist*? It sounds
like what a Puritans would call root beer. This word makes me
very suspicious that someone is trying to manipulate my opinion.
is a neural stimulant. It acts in concert with taurine, which is a
neural relaxer. Glutamtae turns the nerve on (excites it) and taurine
turns it off (relaxes it). Too much of either (on or off) can be toxic
(as anything can be toxic if there is too much of it), but by itself
and in its proper amount glutamate is vital, not "toxic".
Your Way To Health by Dr. David
Brownstein. A good book for
those who have
been told by their doctor to cut down on salt because of high blood
pressure, and why natural sea salt is good for you.
Without glutamate, we would be
vegetables. Non-dietary (processed)
glutamate is most likely bad because it's processed -- it doesn't
come with the other stuff, like taurine, that our bodies need to use it
-- not because it's glutamate. Natural msg, that is, msg that comes in
kelp, yeast extract, brewers yeast or miso and is often called "hidden
msg", comes with the array of it components and there's no reason why
it shouldn't be good for you with all its nutrients.exciting a
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