Monosodium glutamate, like mercury, fluoride, cadmium, and other neurotoxins, is taken up into circulation and accumulates in the NTS (nucleus tractus solitaries). Impairment of this region of the brain is linked to the increased risk for developmental disorders like autism. MSG builds up in the NTS and competes with normal circulatory processes.
Unlike other areas of the brain which close openings by the first year of age, parts of the NTS remain open allowing neurotoxins to contaminate the nervous system and brain. For this reason MSG exposure to newborns may result in delayed onset autism.
Other research has found that monosodium glutamate is associated with chronic inflammation, liver damage, weight loss resistance, and chronic pain. Autoimmune diseases result when the body’s natural immune response becomes weakened by a constant heightened state. The chronic inflammatory response resulting from MSG increases risk not only for autoimmune diseases but also elevates the risk for infection and cancer.
MSG is hidden on food labels under dozens of different names. Just a few examples of the deceptive names include natural flavorings, autolyzed yeast extract, textured protein, soy protein, and whey protein isolate.