|Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2010 - 7:30 am: || |
When I discovered my MSG-problem around four years ago I completely removed glutamate from my diet. I also started taking the neuro-inhibitory substances taurine and magnesium as their effect are opposite to the effect of glutamate.
The problem is that when I take too much my short term memory is impaired. The problem goes away if I stop taking them but then my hyper-sensitivity to glutamate comes back and disturbs my sleep.
In addition, I rarely remember my dreams. I can wake up and be aware of the fact that I had a long dream but only remember the last seconds of the dream.
When I add 250 mg of calcium citrate (to keep the calcium-magnesium balance) at bedtime it helps somewhat. Vitamin B6 (50-100 mg) also helps with remembering dreams but it disturbs my sleep.
Has anyone else had similar experiences with dreams or any ideas about this problem?
|Posted on Monday, August 09, 2010 - 7:58 pm: || |
Zoomer, I've been taking magnesium, with and without calcium, for many years with no effect on my sleep or dreams. I've always been a light sleeper and remember almost every dream. When my sleep is disturbed it is always related to having had a glass of wine or a few bites of chocolate. I've also taken B-complex (but not B6 alone) without sleep or dream disturbance. My husband, on the other hand, has never taken magnesium, took calcium for a short time and recently began taking a multi vitamin, but his sleep has remained constant no matter what he takes or does not take. He falls asleep fast, stays asleep all night, and never remembers any dreams. Your situation is interesting, I can wait to read what others experience.
|Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 7:47 pm: || |
Calcium Citrate contains free glutamic acid (MSG) because Citrate is the term for Citric Acid when it's attached to something. I made that same mistake, too.
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2010 - 11:02 pm: || |
My guess is that when I saturate my system with magnesium it sedates the body as magnesium is an inhibitor for neurological synaptic firings. I believe that short-term memory formation is impaired if the strenght of the synaptic firings are reduced.
I know that the citrate can be a problem for some people but I am not ultra-sensitive and can handle it without an MSG-reaction.
It would be interesting to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.