Have you ever heard of excitotoxins?
Well, excitotoxins are biochemical substances, usually amino acids, amino acid analogs, or amino acid derivatives.
And, they are everywhere – in our foods, drinks, and medications.
These bad boys react with neuronal receptors in your brain and spinal cord in such a way that they can cause injury or death to your neurons.
That’s not good.
Did you know that aspartame, MSG, and isolated amino acids are excitotoxins? The research shows it.
Hum. Think Alzheimer’s.
Hum. Think diet cola.
Acute diseases and medical conditions such as stroke, brain damage, reduced blood flow to the brain, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, headaches, prolonged epileptic seizures, hypoglycemic brain damage, head trauma brain damage, and low oxygen to no oxygen brain damage (like what you experience from carbon monoxide or cyanide poisoning, near-drowning, etc.) are also believed to be caused, at least in part, by excitotoxicity.
In other words, excitotoxins stimulate and burn-out your neurons.
Chemically, brain damage can be triggered by chemical excitotoxins such as MSG and aspartame, and this can result in physical trauma like that caused by a stroke or head trauma.
Excitotoxicity can occur in both acute (sudden) like a brain injury, and chronic (slowly developing), like drinking diet cola or chewing sugarless gum.
It is interesting that Alzheimer’s disease is in large part an excitotoxicity disease – and it’s on the rise today.
For more information on excitotoxins, research Dr. Russell Blaylock. His work is admirable.
I met Russell when I was researching my book, Sweet Poison. He was one of the leading researchers uncovering the neurotoxicity of aspartame, and like most whistleblowers, he has taken a lot of heat from Big Pharma for his pioneering work.
But, his work is life-changing, and well worth the deep-dive.
Avoiding excitotoxins is well worth it – your memory will thank you for it.
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