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Doctor insights on: Can Monosodium Glutamate Cause Seizures

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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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I was wondering does the consumption of products containing monosodium glutamate cause neurological impairment over time?

I was wondering does the consumption of products containing monosodium glutamate cause neurological impairment over time?

No: There was some question about this in the remote past but has largely been discounted. There are those who may have a sensitivity to this common food additive but it is likely short lived and of minor inconvenience. ...Read more

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Can monosodium glutamate cause vasoconstriction (to any degree in any part of the body) in some people?

No... not as yet: No clinical evidence suggests that MSG promotes, incites or exacerbates disease states such as hypertension. When used as a seasoner to foods such as soups it's presence allows for up to 30-40% reduction of sodium chloride, which can exacerbate disease such as congestive heart disease. ...Read more

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Is monosodium glutamate (msg) harmful?

Neurotoxic: It acts like the natural neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain to excessively allow influx of calcium into brain cells thus causing their early death, a condition called abnormal apoptosis. ...Read more

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Is monosodium glutamate bad for the body?

Migrain and MSG: Msg is known to cause migraine headache. So if msg caused you headache, you should avoid it. ...Read more

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Is monosodium glutamate (msg) bad for you?

Neurotoxic: It acts like the natural neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain to excessively allow influx of calcium into brain cells thus causing their early death, a condition called abnormal apoptosis. ...Read more

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What types of foods are free of monosodium glutamate?

Numerous nowadays: Check with the package ingredient section on the container, and ask at restaurants. Less and less often is msg being used, even in the chinese restaurant scene. ...Read more

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How come monosodium glutamate (msg) in everything we eat?

Flavor enhancer: As a flavor and in the right amount, msg can enhance other taste-active compounds, improving the overall taste of certain foods. Msg mixes well with meat, fish, poultry, many vegetables, sauces, soups and marinades, and increases the overall preference of certain foods like beef consommé. ...Read more

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Is monosodium glutamate a gluten product?

Is monosodium glutamate a gluten product?

MSG: Msg is a food additive which enhances flavor of many foods. It does not contain gluten but many foods that contain msg may contain gluten. Best to check with the manufacturer if you are uncertain of gluten-free status. Msg may cause severe symptoms and allergic reaction in patients who are sensitive to it. ...Read more

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Can one overcome a monosodium glutamate allergy?

Can one overcome a monosodium glutamate allergy?

MSG: This allergy or adverse reaction (kwok's syndrome) must be treated supportively and the primarily treatment is avoidance. ...Read more

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What exactly is monosodium glutamate and what effect does it have on the brain?

MSG: Msg is a flavoring agent and Amino Acid commonly used in
asian cooking. It imparts a meaty taste to food. It is not toxic but in some causes a feeling of dizziness and even nausea. The effects, if they occur are not serious or dangerous but most foods with msg are labeled so they can be avoided and Asian restaurants will frequently list foods as msg free. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect does msg (monosodium glutamate) have on blood pressure?

I'm wondering what effect does msg (monosodium glutamate) have on blood pressure?

MSG Increases BP: There are data suggesting that monosodium glutamate increases blood pressure by 2-6 mmhg. This is similar to the effect of table salt. I would advise including only small amounts of msg in your diet if you have high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What foods contain monosodium glutamate?

Too Many: It is the sole ingredient in accent. Used in chinese food as well as spanish food, but because of it's excellent ability to enhance the taste of food, it can be found virtually anywhere where taste enhancement is desired. ...Read more

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Is monosodium glutamate harmful to hypertensives?

Not known so...: Msg has not been shown to cause or adversely affect hypertension. It is a rather common food additve/sweetener and fortunately relatively safe, in moderation of course. If you have problem with hypertension, obviously you should consult doc for eval and treatment. It is not necessary that you advoid msg, but too much of anything is not good. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you please explain monosodium glutamate syndrome?

MSG: Called Chinese Restaurant syndrome, after eating food that has the additive MSG, leading to headache, sweating, skin flushing, nausea, fatigue, numbness or burning in mouth or throat. More severe symptoms are chest pains, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath.
Drink several glasses of water if symptoms mild. ...Read more

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If you eat lots of monosodium glutamate is it responsible of being overweight?

NO: I don't think there are even any calories in msg. However, it can cause flushing, headache, sweating, numbness around the mouth, palpitations, and in severe overdoses: chest pain, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the throat. Be careful! ...Read more

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Monosodium glutamate (msg) is often present on processed food. Is it safe to eat?

Yes: Msg is a flavor enhancer that causes no problems for most people. Some individuals note side effects from msg including headache, flushing or stomach discomfort and they should avoid it for their personal comfort. ...Read more

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Scared of eating Doritos now coz I didn't realise they contain monosodium glutamate. How much in ounces would you have to eat to increase cancer risk?

Scared of eating Doritos now coz I didn't realise they contain monosodium glutamate. How much in ounces would you have to eat to increase cancer risk?

No issue: The problem with MSG is not cancer but some people do feel ill from it. I am not aware of any study showing a rising risk of cancer from MSG however- don't believe in everything simply because it is written in the Internet. ...Read more

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Where can you get msg (monosodium glutamate)?

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MSG: Chinese foods, Potato chips, Frozen dinners, Gravy, Ranch dressing, Salty snacks, among many others. ...Read more

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How does monosodium glutamate (msg) affect the body?

How does monosodium glutamate (msg) affect the body?

MSG: This food additive can rarely cause mild symptoms such as headaches, flushing, sweating, nausea, numbness/tingling, chest pain, weakness. This is called "msg symptom complex" or "chinese restaurant syndrome". None are dangerous or require treatment. ...Read more

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I want to start eating a diet that is completely free of monosodium glutamate. How to start?

I want to start eating a diet that is completely free of monosodium glutamate. How to start?

Read the labels and: If you do your own cooking and don't use processed foods containing msg, read the labels on those you use, ask restaurant personel to make sure there is no added msg to your food etc...Then you are msg-free. Fortunately this rather a relatively simple task. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that monosodium glutamate is involved in causing heart diseases and strokes?

Is it true that monosodium glutamate is involved in causing heart diseases and strokes?

FDA approved toxin: In some people, MSG may act as an excitotoxic chemical accentuating glutamate activity. This could potentially, in susceptible patients with heart disease, to suffer an arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Can glutamate sensitivity be genetic? Both myself and my children have problems with foods all high in glutamates.. causing seizures, ADD, diarrhoea

Can glutamate sensitivity be genetic? Both myself and my children have problems with foods all high in glutamates.. causing seizures, ADD, diarrhoea

Very likely: However lots and lots of people can be allergic to it without even knowing!! Avoid MSG and read labels carefully. If eating at a restaurant call ahead to make sure if they use MSG in their kitchen. See link below

http://www. Msgtruth. Org/why. Htm ...Read more

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I suddenly get lots of shimmering wiggly lines in vision when I eat foods with wheat or msg, even a small amount does it. Allergy or seizure trigger?

I suddenly get lots of shimmering wiggly lines in vision when I eat foods with wheat or msg, even a small amount does it. Allergy or seizure trigger?

Migraine aura: Monosodium glutamate (msg) is a very common migraine trigger. Gluten can be a trigger for people with intolerance to wheat, barley, etc. A normal eeg is only 70% sensitive/ likely to pick epileptiform abnormalities; nonetheless, seeing wiggly lines soon after eating food triggers is very characteristic of migraine aura. A neurologist can help track your triggers and treat migraines. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get lots of floaters in vision when I eat foods with wheat or msg in them. Even a small amount like in flavoured chips. Allergy or seizure trigger?

I get lots of floaters in vision when I eat foods with wheat or msg in them. Even a small amount like in flavoured chips. Allergy or seizure trigger?

Doubtful: I question that these are related at all. But if you have a lot of floaters, be sure to see an eye doctor especially if you are very near-sighted. ...Read more

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Msg makes me have panic attacks and burning pain all over with extreme irritability. Is this caused by glutamate receptor problem or channelopathies?

Msg makes me have panic attacks and burning pain all over with extreme irritability. Is this caused by glutamate receptor problem or channelopathies?

MSG symptom complex: The proposed mechanism is though to involve exaggerated sensitivity to msg which is metabolized to glutamate, a dominant excitatory Amino Acid neurotransmitter. Msg is a normal constituent of food protein and rarely causes symptoms when excess amount are not added to food. The complex has to do with upregulation of normal receptors as opposed to a channelopathy or a glutamate receptor problem. ...Read more