special information - excitotoxins

What are Excitotoxins and why they are so dangerous for us?

Excitotoxins are substances added to foods and beverages that literally stimulate neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. They can be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (Nutrasweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid. When neurons are exposed to these substances, they become very excited and fire their impulses very rapidly until they reach a state of extreme exhaustion. Several hours later these neurons suddenly die, as if the cells were excited to death.

So what is it that these “excitotoxins” actually do that is so important to the food manufacturers? All of these chemicals stimulate the taste cells in the tongue, thereby greatly enhancing the taste of whatever food to which it is added. It is what gives soups the scrumptious taste that we all love so much. Today they are used extensively in sauces, soups, gravy mixes, and especially frozen diet foods. Low fat foods are often tasteless. To help sell them to the public, food manufacturers add “excitotoxins” taste enhancers to these foods to improve the taste.

If you  are ready to take the important step of learning more about excitotoxins and how to avoid them, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Excerpted from the book “Excitotoxins: The taste that kills” by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.

Dr. Blaylock is a practicing board-certified neurosurgeon with a deep understanding of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.