MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and OCD

I noticed about a year and a half ago that I had a real problem with MSG. I don’t eat sushi very often but I remember one particular time I decided to load up on soy sauce. Later that day I had a pounding headache, the worst upset stomach, and it was difficult to breath. 


I did some research on MSG and found that people who have OCD also have a small increase in the neurotransmitter “Glutamate”. (Read this article for a study done with OCD patients: )

I’ll have to find the citation but I remember another study talking about the role of Glutamate and the frontal lobe (see my first post).

Anyone else have similar problems with MSG? (Or MSG and OCD?)

Here is a picture of the structure of the neurotransmitter Glutamate:




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One thought on “MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and OCD

  1. AMx REBORN says:

    MSG causes some wicked headaches for me, OCD gets way worse, and I get this weird, foggy, hyper-alert feeling. Yes it is true for this connection though, people with OCD I believe have elevated levels of Glutamate to begin with but also often have, Glutamate Decarboxylase alterations, sometimes genetically inherited. This enzyme converts Glutamate into GABA.

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