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That depends on you as an individual, the health of your liver and intestines, and the amount of glutamic and aspartic acid present. A healthy gut and liver convert glutamic acid (glutamate) to the neurologically inactive form, glutamine, which is in turn important for the health and integrity of the bowel. For an epilleptic or one suffering from another excitotoxin related condition (e.g. ALS, MS, Parkinson's, insomnia, fibromyalgia, etc.), I would prefer that the supplements did not contain glutamic and aspartic acids, both of which are NON-essential amino acids, meaning our body makes all that it needs from other proteins. I'm sure that a supplement like this could be tolerated by many individuals with epilepsy. But I could easily believe that it could be a trigger for seizures in others, just as consuming MSG or aspartame can do.Oops, I think I may have goofed up. I am taking an animo acid suplement. It seems to be working, as I seem to be able to focus better, and am less tired.
It contains L-glutamic acid. It also contains:
L-alanine, L-arginine, L-aspartiv acid, L-carnitine, L-cystine, L-glycine, L-histadine, L-isoleucine, L-leucine, L-lycine, L-methionine, L-orinthine, L-phenylalanine, L-proline, L-serine, L-yhrenine, L-tryptophan, tyrosine and L-valine.
Are these good or bad? I only take two a day, they reccommend three of Amino 1500 by Now sports.
The problem is that once an individual is on AEDs, it is hard to see the direct connection that we have observed so frequently in the dog and in people who are not on medication. In the dog, the typical interval between eating glutamate-rich foods (e.g. gluten grains, dairy and soy) and seizing has been 4-6 hours. This is classic for the "bound" forms (locked in foods) of these excitotoxins. However, people have reported seizures in less than an hour after consuming MSG or Nutrasweet...the "free" forms of these neurostimulating amino acids. With a supplement like this, I would imagine the interval would be quite short if it was going to cause a problem except for the postponing effect of AEDs.
I certainly understand why human neuro's are quick to prescribe AEDs for children and adults with epilepsy. I just wish this was not the case as it takes away the obvious cause-and-effect conclusions that we can easily draw in so many cases of food-related seizures. Once on drugs, things usually change although I have still seen and heard of individuals exhibiting the typical 4-6 hour post-meal interval while on AEDs.
(By the way, this is same interval experienced by countless "insomniacs" who wake up like a shot at 1-2 Am after eating dinner and DESSERT 4-6 hours earlier. This was my pattern for years and years but has now completely subsided after being free of these foods.)
I hope this helps,