Excitotoxins are a class of substances that cause neurons to fire spasmodically. This eventually burns out, or damages, the neurons through overactivity.

Excitotoxicity has been found to be involved in migraines, hypoglycemia, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) such as Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, Alcoholism and Huntington’s disease.

Excitotoxins in Foods

Common excitotoxins in food include monosodium glutatmate (MSG) and aspartame.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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