Vitamin C reduces the liver injury induced by MSG
By Jimmy Downs
Thursday Oct 18, 2012 (foodconsumer.org) -- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is commonly used as a taste enhancer. Savory or meat flavor products must include this flavor enhancer to render the desired flavor/taste. However, this food additive is a neurotoxin.
Good news is that taking vitamin C supplements may help reduce side effects from MSG. At least, a study in Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology suggests taking vitamin C supplements may reduce the liver injury induced by monosodium glutamate.
For the study, Ayman EL-Meghawry EL-Kenawy at Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research Institute Minufiya University in Egypt and colleagues gave one group of rats a diet with 0.9% salt or sodium chloride; another group a diet with MSG 6 mg/g/b.w.; and a third group of rats a diet with 6 mg/g/b.w. and then vitamin C in a dose of 500 mg/kg/b.w. all for 45 days.
Significant alterations by the vitamin C supplement included "dilatations of the central veins; severe cyto-architectural distortions of the hepatocytes; marked reduction in both carbohydrates and proteins; vacuolated cytoplasm, swollen mitochondria and vesiculated rough endoplasmic reticulum with picknotic nuclei; in addition to significant variation in the expression of ki-67 and p53 proteins."
The researchers concluded "The data obtained from this study showed the improvements in the pathological architecture of the liver after treatment with vitamin C. The present data point to the ameliorative effect of vitamin C against MSG induced liver injury."
(Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org, Foodconsumer.org is part of the Infoplus.com ™ news and information network)
- Organic Trade/Lobby Group Creates "Trojan Horse" to Represent Family Farmers
- Ebola: Expert Sounds Alarm Regarding Imperative, Yet Vastly Inadequate, Community Institution Mobilization
- Addiction Therapy for Drugs, Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sugar
- Parents Overwhelmingly Support Fruits and Vegetables in School Meals
- Addictive and Toxic: Found in Bread, Pasta Sauce and Salad Dressing