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Help I Am Allergic To MSG

Aug 18, 2007
There is no such thing as being allergic to MSG although the symptoms can mimic an allergic reaction. What you may be suffering from is food intolerance or food sensitivity. To be considered a food allergy then the item in question must contain some type of protein that your body considers to be harmful. During a allergy attack antibodies and histamines are releases into the blood stream in an attempt to neutralize the protein and these chemicals trigger the allergic symptoms.

There are no antibodies involved in a response to ingestion of MSG. MSG contains what is called free glutamic acid and it is a neurotransmitter. What this neurotransmitter does in the average human is stimulates the nerve cells in the mouth and in the brain. It can also stimulate your sense of smell, your sense of taste and can even stimulate hunger. It is a drug like caffeine or alcohol and it will affect each of us in varying degrees.

The neurotransmitters in MSG can over excite the nervous system in some individuals causing nerve cells to fire which can result in an increase in of the histamine levels in the blood stream by 150 percent. With this huge increase in the histamine levels can produce the allergic like symptoms. In sever cases Epinephrine, also call Adrenaline, is administered to control the anaphylaxis reaction.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with Allergies such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pantothenic Acid, Glucosamine, Antioxidants, Allergy Aid, and Quercitin.

Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Up to one-third of older people can no longer absorb Vitamin B from their food. Vitamin B is needed to form red blood cells and keep nerves healthy.

Vitamin C is nature's protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the bodies immune system.

Beta Carotene protects the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. It also helps protect Vitamin C from oxidation, which enables it to perform at optimum efficiency.

Vitamin E protects the lung tissue from inhaled pollutants and aids in the functioning of the immune system.

Many find Pantothenic Acid to be very helpful against allergy symptoms. It is another form of nontoxic B vitamins. Pantothenic Acid is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Glucosamine is an anti-inflammatory and may give some relief from allergy symptoms.

Substances called antioxidants can neutralize free radical by pairing up or binding with the free radical elections thus inhibiting them from damaging cells in the human body.

Allergy Aid supplies 9 beneficial Herb's to help provide temporary relief of respiratory allergies. The natural action of these specific Herb's help to open bronchial tubes and ease breathing.

Quercitin is a well known flavonoid. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and can reduce inflammation boost the immune system and strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation. Quercitin is also known for its ability to block the release of histamines, thus reducing or preventing symptoms of Peanut Allergy.

If you are Allergic To Cheese then find a good health care professional prior to starting any type of home treatment.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
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David Cowley has created numerous articles on allergies. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to allergies and how to treat them. Click on Allergy Treatment
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