In my last post, I wrote about the dangers of excitotoxins and why you should avoid it. But there’s one thing I haven’t mentioned in that post: your body can accumulate those toxins, which can have a compound effect.
As we consume MSG or aspartame over time, our body produces a formaldehyde byproduct through the metabolism of those chemicals. The formaldehyde binds to DNA cells and causes DNA damage. It’s the accumulation of the formaldehyde over time that can lead to various health conditions, including cancer. There are glutamate neurotransmitters in the brain but also in the heart, the nervous system and intestinal tract. This means that lacking natural protection or consuming large amounts of MSG, aspartame or another excitotoxin can result in immediate negative reaction.
Hopefully, you can boost your body’s natural protection against excitotoxin reactions, and help your body to detox those dangerous chemicals.
Herbs and nutrients protecting against MSG and aspartame damage
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Omega 3
- Red clover
MSG and Aspartame detox
The first step into detoxification is obviously to avoid exposing yourself to the toxin. Aspartame is easy to avoid as it’s always clearly listed on the ingredients. However, MSG comes under many names and can be difficult to spot. You can see a list of hidden names for MSG here. As a rule of thumb, more the food is processed, greater is the risk of containing MSG or other undesirable food additive. Many foods developed for vegetarians and vegans contain isolated soy protein, so be extra careful for those. Those substances, along with other autolyzed or hydrolyzed proteins forms dangerous free glutamate.
The detox process will naturally starts when you avoid eating and drinking foods with MSG or aspartame. To support the detox process even more, you can take milk thistle to help the liver detoxify the toxins. Turmeric is also a good option. It has curcumin, a substance that supply your body with DNA repairing enzymes. Broccoli sprouts, vitamins B1 and B6 as well as C and E could also be beneficial.
Are you sensitive to MSG or aspartame? Do you try to avoid it in your diet?