How do you know natural calm contains MSG. I wrote to the company and their response is below. I have taken it on and off and don't recall bad effects only better sleep
Thank you for your inquiry. I certainly understand why you would want to verify if this were true or not. Natural Calm does contain Citric Acid, but it is not derived from corn. The Citric Acid in Natural Calm is from non-GM sugar beets from Belgium. Natural Calm does not contain MSG.
This sentence appears to be in the message that you copied and is not your own comments: “While taking it I felt very "off" and it felt like my brain was being inebriated, kinda dysphoric, my muscles were tense and achy.” If this is your own experience then I may be able to help you though. This may be because of starting off with too much of the Natural Calm at once. Natural Calm is simply a magnesium supplement. Magnesium has a tight relationship with other minerals in the body and by suddenly spiking the amount of magnesium in the body it may throw off the balance of these minerals. On the bottle we suggest two teaspoons as a dose and under the directions we say that because individual needs vary that you begin with ½ teaspoon and to gradually increase as needed. The label also suggests that the optimal amount is when the stools are comfortably loose. If the stools become too loose then that is an indication that it is more than your body can absorb at once so you should cut back the amount that you take. You can adjust by small increments, up or down, until you find the amount that helps you with your magnesium deficiency symptoms and so that the stools are comfortably loose.
I hope this helps and please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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The magnesium supplement that I took that caused the symptoms I described in that quote are from taking Magnesium Citrate made from corn not "natural calm".
I've never tried natural calm, but I've read other people having problems with the one that has "organic flavor" in it. I am not doubting too much mag at once can cause reactions especially if you are depleted in other minerals/vitamins. But when I see something like "organic flavor" it raises an eyebrow.
MY question is what is the "organic flavor" in the flavored natural calm? Many times "free glutamic acid(also called MSG because it's made up of similar concentrations of "free glutamic acid" and impurities like D-glutamic acid, pyroglutamic acid, mono and dichloro propanols, and heterocyclic amines) is hidden in things called "organic beef protein", "natural flavors" ect. But none of this is natural, because the process to get these products creates tons of undesirable impurities never seen in nature. Hence the weird reactions they cause which are hard to trace. The reason they use "natural" and "beef" in the name of this impurie and isolated compound is partly because it makes it look safe to the ignorant consumer.
Also, why is it that this products lists it's free of all allergens except corn?
@dzone I assume most manufacturers don't include corn because it is not very common for people to be allergic to it. Most seem to include all or some of the "big 8" allergens, but after that you start hitting such small pockets of what a typical person could be allergic to. The big 8 account for over 90% of all food allergies, at least in the US. This link lists the big 8: http://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm079311.htm