Chronic pain break­through

First For Women - - Nutrition -

Elim­i­nat­ing sources of the food ad­di­tive monosodium glu­ta­mate (MSG) can offer sig­nif­i­cant re­lief from pain. Re­searchers at Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton D.C. found that chronic pain suf­fer­ers who made the diet tweak saw a 30% re­duc­tion in their symp­toms af­ter just two weeks. The au­thors say MSG over­stim­u­lates nerve cells, caus­ing dam­age that trig­gers joint aches, mus­cle sore­ness and mi­graines. But avoid­ing pro­cessed food prod­ucts with MSG (as well as the MSG sources “pro­tein iso­late,” “hy­drolyzed pro­tein,” “pro­tein ex­tract” and “au­tolyzed yeast ex­tract”) in the in­gre­di­ent lists can mit­i­gate the paincaus­ing dam­age.

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