Sunday, March 18, 2012

Are Food Additives Aggravating Your Fibromyalgia?

 

"Take aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in many diet sodas. "Aspartame acts as an 'excitotoxin' in the brain," says Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS, a pharmacist and nutritional consultant in New York. Excitotoxins are substances that react with certain brain receptors known as neurotransmitters. "When these neurotransmitters are overstimulated, they compromise the neurotransmitter receptor sites, amplifying the sensation of pain."

 

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