Excitotoxins are formed due to too much glutamic acid which is necessary in small amounts but toxic when present in high amounts. Combine the glutamate amino acid with sodium and it becomes mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) which is often used in Chinese foods as a flavour enhancer and may lead to headaches and other allergic reactions due to the over consumption of glutamic acid.
Glutamate receptors exist throughout the body and especially in the brain. Eating MSG foods can increase levels twenty times higher than is normal. This is over-stimulatory and damages many cells in the body. Humans are more sensitive than any other animal and newborns are four times more sensitive than adults. Glutamate and aspartate also pass through the placenta and alters brain formation in the foetus. The effects on a baby in the uterus has been directly linked to hormonal problems later on in life such as low testosterone and growth hormone in boys and low oestrogen and growth hormone in girls, also leading to early onset
menses, premenstrual tension and even infertility.
Food labels ingredients that indicate mono-sodium glutamate is part of the ingredients
The amino acids, glutamine and glutamic acid, are closely related in a chemical sense. The human body is able to produce glutamine from glutamic acid through the glutamate ammonium ligase. Glutamine is the amino acid with the highest concentration in blood plasma, musculature and cerebral and spinal fluid.
Glutamine is the most abundant building block of protein in the body. It is also involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid and is converted into glucose by the body as it is needed. It also strengthens and improves the intestinal lining and eliminates excess ammonia from the body. This amino acid is stored primarily in the muscles and secondarily in the lungs and the human body produces enough glutamine, on its own, for every day maintenance. However, extensive work outs, prolonged stress, injuries and infections can deplete the supply.
Glutamine is used to treat HIV/ AIDS along with other nutrients to help sustain body mass. It also aids in T-cell formation. It is also used on patients to strengthen the immune system and help recovery of severe
burns. It has been recognised for muscle preservation, intestinal health and regulating the immune system. It can also help to increase mental prowess and energy and speed the healing of tumours in the brain and assists in brain capacity and memory function. Glutamine is also used to reduce the effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients as it protects the liver and the lining of the intestines from the toxicity of chemotherapy.
Gastrointestinal damage and stomach ulcers caused by the Helicobacter pylori can be addressed with the amino acid glutamine, found in many foods. The body requires both amino acids glutamine and glutamic acid to function correctly and therefore, consuming unprocessed foods rich in both these amino acids on a daily basis is necessary.
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