The Role of Glutamate in Vaccines   I would like to start this off by saying, this is not an anti-vaccine post, rather a way to help educate on the glutamate connection to vaccines.  There are a number of ways in which vaccines can lead to elevated glutamate levels and induce neuroinflammation, excitotocitiy, and ‘immunoexcitotoxicity’, therefore, resulting in increased sensitivity to glutamate. Here are a few examples: 1. Ingredients- Glutamate is often used to stabilize a vaccine and can be added as an ingredient (MSG, hydrolyzed protein, etc.) and/or a by-product and contaminant of the various manufacturing processes in every [...]

The Role of Glutamate in Vaccines2020-07-28T15:04:43-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Resveratrol

Resveratrol– found in red grapes, red wine, blueberries, peanuts and dark chocolate, calms microglial activation. “Resveratrol reduced glutamate-induced damages” “Resveratrol interacts with the complex III of the respiratory chain, is a radical scavenger and also suppressor of radical formation in the mitochondria. It reduces the intracellular calcium levels in pre- and postsynaptic neurons and also may inhibit the pro-apoptotic factors in glutamate overflow that occurs, e.g. in excitotoxicity. In cell cultures, glutamate overflow leads to formation of free radicals and results in apoptosis.” “Our findings reinforce the protective role of this compound in some brain disorders, [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Resveratrol2021-09-16T13:03:16-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Ginseng

Ginseng– inhibits inflammation caused by microglial/immune activation and therefore lower glutamate and cytokine levels (microglia are activated as a first step in immune response and they signal additional glutamate/cytokines/etc). “Ginseng extracts also inhibit immunoexcitotoxic activation of microglia, an important factor in preventing the destructive process of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, components in American ginseng, Korean red ginseng, and Panax ginseng all inhibit inflammation caused by microglial activation. Regulation of microglial activity is critically important in brain protection because these specialized immune cells can either be beneficial or quite harmful, depending on what state they are in. The protective activation mode stimulates [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Ginseng2021-09-16T13:37:57-04:00

Lowering Glutamate | Andrographis

Andrographis (andrographolide)–Most commonly known as popular herb to treat Lyme, but it is also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties. Most importantly, andrographis inhibits microglial activation (see below).  We have sourced ours from Sage Woman Consulting & Apothecary : Tincture & Leaf/Flower “Neuroprotective effects of andrographolide in a rat model of permanent cerebral ischaemia” “Andrographolide exhibited neuroprotective effects, with accompanying suppression of NF-κB and microglial activation, and reduction in the production of cytokines including TNF-α and IL-1β, and pro-inflammatory factors such as PGE2. Our findings suggest that andrographolide may have therapeutic value in the treatment of [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Andrographis2021-09-22T11:45:16-04:00
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