Decreased Levels of dopamine have been recently linked to ADHD:

The link between MSG and ADHD now becomes even clearer - since glutamate in animal studies decreased dopamine.

In the December 2003 issue the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, it was reported that researchers found increased levels of glutamate in the brains of children who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  In those same children, levels of Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), were decreased.  

It is interesting to note that the body converts glutamate into GABA using an enzyme called Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD).  This imbalance of the two neurotransmitters would suggest that the body is not converting glutamate properly. 

GAD is mentioned elsewhere on this site.  Children suffering from Type I diabetes often have an immune system which attacks GAD.  It would seem that Type I diabetics may also be at higher risk from ADHD then, due to the body's difficulty converting Glutamate to GABA. 

Here is what the Center for Science in the Public Interest has to say about ADD:

(Note that MSG is on the list of foods to avoid)

In addition there is new research that points specifically to MSG as the cause of both ADHD and autism - both unheard of before 1950. 



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