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Re: Ok, but any remedies?

Posted By: Joan
Date: December-31, 1997 at 11:11:07

In Response To: Ok, but any remedies? (Judy R.)

After restaurant exposure, I take some B-vitamins and calcium supplements and eat a high potassium food like a banana, but I don't have a
strong rationale for why they help.

Both MSG and nitrites affect the nitric oxide (NO) pathway which can lead to vasodilation and headaches.
The pathway can lead to arachidonic acid which can be a pain stimulator. Treatment with
prostaglandin-inhibitors like aspirin and ibuprophen don't inhibit the MSG induced pain very well.
Nitrate/nitrate chemistry is a big part of the diarrhea story here but nitrites are also the cause of 'hotdog headache'.
In some people with predisposing conditions, a calcium sensitive enzyme fails to kick in to compensate for the flood
of NO.

Lots of foods contain some MSG naturally, and glutamate is a main neurotransmitter in our brains, its just that we vary in how we handle
a fresh shot of it to our systems. Watch for 'flavorings' 'natural flavor' 'protein' 'hydrolysed vegetable protein' and 'Kombu extract'
in labels; those are all FDA acceptable terms for high MSG components in prepared food (as was mentioned above, the restaurents may not
even realize they are serving it).

Sorry that there is no magic bullet. Around here over the past to years, we have (charmingly, of course) asked to see the part of the menu
that is no-MSG and waited for a reaction. There are now several local restarants with parts of their menus labeled!!


Joan in snowy Syracuse

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  • Ok, but any remedies?
    Judy R. -- Wednesday, 31 December 1997, at 11:11 a.m.
    • Re: Ok, but any remedies?
      Joan -- Wednesday, 31 December 1997, at 11:11 a.m.

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