WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Some more New Vocab..

So not "Mito" or "Mast" today, but as we have traveled down the road of going back to square one and trying figure out the very best fuel for Abby's sensitive body, I have learned a ton! I need to thank all you Mom's out there! You tirelessly teach other Moms, you share and post- it takes away my fears of not knowing what I am doing! Also, I know how much energy it takes- sharing is joyful and time consuming- A big Thank You!

MTHFR- a gene mutation that is gaining research focus very quickly. For many families in the Mito world, no gene mutation has been found, some have done their own research and are finding the MTHFR mutation. It seems daily that the list of diseases associated with this Mutation are endless. Your Ob/Gyn even knows about it, and if you miscarry will likely offer to test you for it.. but despite growing interest that is about all that has trickled down from research. Want to learn more? MTHFR.net

Etymology: Gk, tyros, cheese, amine, ammonia
an amino acid synthesized in the body from the essential amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine stimulates the release of the catecholamines epinephrine and norepinephrine. People taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors should avoid the ingestion of foods and beverages containing tyramine, particularly aged cheeses and meats, bananas, yeast-containing products, and certain alcoholic beverages, such as red wines. See also amine, catecholamine, epINEPHrine, norepinephrine, sympathomimetic, vasoconstriction.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier. No idea if this is a potential issue for Abby, but interesting enough, many of the foods listed high in Tyramine are also on the high histamine or trigger histamine lists.

MCT oil- This one I was thrilled to learn about! It is one of the elements in a supplemental amino acid based formula. Since Abby clearly tolerated none of the ones we tried, we are fretting what would we do if she were to shutdown again. A couple of Mom's are working on putting together a "real" allergy safe formula unlike the commercial brands. MCT oil is available free of corn! Yippeee!
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are medium-chain (6 to 12 carbons) fatty acid esters of glycerol.
MCTs passively diffuse from the GI tract to the portal system (longer fatty acids are absorbed into the lymphatic system) without requirement for modification like long-chain fatty acids or very-long-chain fatty acids. In addition, MCTs do not require bile salts for digestion. Patients that have malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes are treated with MCTs because they do not require energy for absorption, utilization, or storage. Coconut oil is composed of approximately 66% medium-chain triglycerides. Other rich sources of MCTs include palm kernel oil and camphor tree drupes. The fatty acids found in MCTs are called medium-chain fatty acids. The names of the medium-chain fatty acids (and the corresponding number of carbons) found in MCTs are caproic acid (C6), caprylic acid (C8), capric acid (C10) and lauric acid (C12). Like all triglycerides (fats and oils), MCTs are composed of a glycerol backbone and three fatty acids, hence the name triglyceride; in the case of MCTs, 2 or 3 of the fatty acid chains attached to glycerol are medium chain in length. The approximate ratios of these fatty acids in commercial MCT products derived from coconut oil are 2(C6):55(C8):42(C10):1(C12) (Via WikiPedia)

Glutamic acid/Glutamate-
How do truly natural glutamic acid and manufactured glutamic acid (MSG) differ?

Glutamic acid is an amino acid found in abundance in both plant and animal protein. In humans it is a non-essential amino acid, i.e., the body is capable of producing its own glutamic acid, and is not dependent upon getting glutamic acid from ingested food.

Glutamate is glutamic acid to which a mineral ion has been attached. (Researchers call this mineral ion a “salt”.) If the mineral ion is sodium, the glutamic acid becomes sodium glutamate. If the mineral ion is potassium, the glutamic acid becomes potassium glutamate.

In addition to its role as a building block of protein, glutamic acid serves as a neurotransmitter vital to the transmission of nerve impulses in many parts of the central nervous system. Under certain circumstances, glutamic acid becomes a neurotoxin, causing neuron degeneration and cell death which may be followed by neuroendocrine disorders.

When protein is digested, the glutamic acid in that protein is released for use in the body. If there is need, additional glutamic acid can be synthesized from other amino acids contained in ingested protein. If an individual never ingested protein with glutamic acid in it, that individual could synthesize all the glutamic acid needed for body function from other amino acids. The human brain is also capable of synthesizing glutamic acid according to its metabolic needs, from endogenous materials. Glutamic acid is referred to as a non-essential amino acid because a healthy human can manufacture/synthesize all the glutamic acid needed for normal body function from other amino acids.

What is MSG? (LINK)

MSG is glutamic acid that has been produced outside of the human (or animal) body. But when glutamic acid is produced or created in this way (outside of the human body), it differs significantly from the glutamic acid found in unadulterated, unprocessed, unfermented protein or released from unadulterated, unprocessed, unfermented protein during digestion. Glutamic acid found normally in the human body (and in all higher organisms) is glutamic acid in the L form, i.e., L-glutamic acid. Glutamic acid that is produced outside of the human body is made up of L-glutamic acid and an array of unwanted by-products often referred to as impurities. L-glutamic acid produced outside of the human body is always accompanied by impurities such as D-glutamic acid and pyroglutamic acid; and when L-glutamic acid is produced by way of acid hydrolysis, carcinogenic mono and dichloro propanols inevitably accompany it.

All manufactured free amino acids are accompanied by impurities. The fact that glutamate produced outside of the human body is categorized as food grade or pharmaceutical grade (99% pure) attests to the fact that impurities always accompany amino acids produced outside the body.

MSG fed to the very young has been shown to cause brain damage and subsequent learning, behavior, and endocrine disorders such as reproductive disorders and gross obesity. Ingestion of MSG by people of all ages will cause adverse reactions when people ingest amounts that exceed their individual tolerance levels. Eating protein (which will contain bound glutamic acid that is L-glutamic acid, only) does not cause either brain damage or adverse reactions.

I have to admit, it has been far more enjoyable to learn about "food" then about Mito or Mast- the science is more "digestible" LOL I could not resist that one, cut me some slack it isn't even 6am yet!

There are a few others, but since I cut and copied so much information, think I will stop and save the rest for another day.


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