Sunday, March 4, 2018

MSG Could Pose A Potential Risk, Causing Cognitive Dysfunction

Article Written By: Bright Li


     A recent study carried out in Kenya has demonstrated a link between the consumption of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and chronic pain.
     Glutamate is a neurotransmitter where it acts a excitotoxin (in which it is capable of damaging or killing nerve cells). It is found in many natural sources, for example soy sauce and parmesan cheese.

     The study was composed of 30 participants separated into four groups. Each group was given different amounts of MSG and water. The results found that some participants who were given more 

     MSG experienced chronic pain for at least 3 months or more.
Similarly to past studies conducted in the United States, participants also exhibited other symptoms such as headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and sleep issues.

     Quote from Dr. Kathleen Holton, American University, “We don’t know what exposure is leading to this susceptibility to dietary glutamate, but this pilot study suggests the need for a large-scale clinical trial.”

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