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Hack to help to mitigate MSG reaction

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Often when I eat MSG additives I have a bad reaction that is mainly neurological. I get really really fuzzy, can't think at all and my eyes look exhausted. This happens right after I eat it. I hate that feeling more than anything. I've had circumstances where I'll eat it and then go read ingredients after I feel like crap and verify that it's in the food. I don't think it's 100%, so maybe there are some variations on how it's made that affect me more than others. I know a lot of people doubt or question the effects, but for me it's really obvious and an inarguable fact so I just avoid it.

Today though, I ate at a restaurant and I think I had msg in my food. My question is: is there anything I can do to counteract the symptoms, even a little? In my experience it can take two to three days to completely clear my head. I mean if it is an excitatory affect is there something that could oppose that? Like theanine or something? I just feel fuzzy tired and somewhat anxious/confused.

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on January 04, 2013
at 07:19 PM

Thanks Ray, I got some pharmagaba. I've been using that and some of the above supps. Also, over time on paleo I feel that my msg reactions have decreased significantly.

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on March 06, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Just read this, very helpful: http://www.msgtruth.org/remedies.htm agree that avoidance is best. Hey, my "mental clarity" supplement has most of those you recommended.

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on March 06, 2012
at 08:34 PM

thank you thank you thank you

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on March 06, 2012
at 08:16 PM

OH! And then right after I post I pull out a bottle of theanine and it says "help mitigating glutamate toxicity" ON THE BOTTLE. Anyone have any info or experience with this?

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on March 06, 2012
at 08:29 PM

Supplements that can reduce sensitivity to MSG:

Taurine
Magnesium
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Acetyl L Carnitine
Vinpocetine

While I have listed some supplements that provide some protection against excitotoxicity, I recommend trying to avoid products that contain MSG as well. Excess glutamate in the brain, including that from MSG, can cause cumulative brain damage.

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on March 06, 2012
at 08:34 PM

thank you thank you thank you

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on March 06, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Just read this, very helpful: http://www.msgtruth.org/remedies.htm agree that avoidance is best. Hey, my "mental clarity" supplement has most of those you recommended.

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on September 28, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Or you could just go with some GABA whenever you're exposed to MSG.

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on January 04, 2013
at 07:19 PM

Thanks Ray, I got some pharmagaba. I've been using that and some of the above supps. Also, over time on paleo I feel that my msg reactions have decreased significantly.

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on November 18, 2012
at 05:25 AM

It occurs to me that you may be having a histamine reaction, as many things that make MSG also make biogenic amines. Ever try a supplement called Histame?

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on September 27, 2012
at 06:12 AM

I have this problem.

On first symptoms, try Bulletproof coffee, but include sugar or at least honey. Yeah, it's not paleo, but the shot of glucose and MCT helps the brain to suck the glutamate out of your synapses better.

The other supplement that works is called Upgraded Aging; it is a kreb's cycle analogue that specifically protects the brain against glutamate toxicity.

I tested the main active ingredient in Upgraded Aging and found it worked for me (and has other big anti-aging benefits), so I created Upgraded Aging and sell it on my site. (That doesn't mean I'm lying, it just means I can afford to hire researchers to help run my blog...have never been paid a cent personally from product sales.)

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