Saturday, March 3, 2012

Aspartame Side Effects, What you need to know about

What is Aspartame? 

Aspartame is used as a substitute for sugar in many soft drink beverages and some foods, in cereals for breakfast, it is an artificial sweetener also it is a non-saccharide one. It is made up of two amino acids, such as phenylalanine and aspartic acid, methy ester also plays a role in breaking them down into methyl alcohol. When it was started to sell, it was called under a brand name nutrasweet, for the past 2 or 3 years it is being sold under a new name called aminosweet. 

Compared to Sucrose, Aspartame is 200 times better than sucrose in sweeter approximately . The amount of aspartame required to produce the taste of sweet is very less, and also when it is metabolized, it produces 4 kilogram of calories of energy per every gram. There is a daily limit for intaking aspartame which is only acceptable to human being as far the clinical studies shows, which is 50 milligram per kg of your body weight. Anything more than the daily limit can produce side effects.

What Happens to Aspartame Once It Enters the Body?

Aspartame is broken down by the body into three substances. These are methanol, phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Each of these substances can have alarming side effects on the body.
Methanol is converted to formaldehyde by the body. Known for its use as an embalming fluid, formaldehyde is not something that many people willingly put into their bodies. Whether the amount of formaldehyde that is produced by the breaking down of aspartame is cause for concern has been the source of some debate by scientists, but it has been proven that low levels of methanol and formaldehyde are toxic.
Phenyalanine is an amino acid. It is generally considered safe for everyone except for sufferers of phenylketonuria (PKU), a somewhat rare genetic disease. But it has been argued that high levels of the substance could cause neurological damage, especially in fetuses. Pregnant women are therefore advised not to consume aspartame as to avoid it's side effects.
Aspartic acid is known to be an excitotoxin. A type of neurotoxin, excitotoxins have been known to damage brain and nerve cells. This can potentially cause a number of chronic diseases.

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Aspartame Side effects

Physical weaknesses is one of the major side effects of aspartame. From the research it is proved that there are 92 kinds of side effects can be caused by consuming aspartame. Because aspartame can travel all over the body and it can be able to deposit in any tissues, as aspartame will be dissolved into solution once it is consumed. Aspartame causes acute as well immediate reactions. Some of the side effects are,
  • It can causes eye blindness, or decrease in night vision, decreased vision in general such as vision looks blurred and flashy, those who have contact lenses will have trouble with it, frequent pains in eyes.
  • Insomnia is one of worst side effects of aspartame.
  • Severe mental depression and anxiety, feeling irritability, feeling aggressive, increase in blood pressure level, short duration of breath.
  • Severe migraines and headaches, feeling dizzy and drowsy, loss in memory and confusion.
  • Aspartame causes skin allergies also, which leads to itching.
  • Pain in abdomen, pain during swallowing food, diarrhea, stool passing blood, irritation while urination.
  • Weight loss can be caused by aspartame.
  • For women it sometimes causes changes in their menstrual cycle.
  • Other common  Aspartame side effects are, peptic ulcer, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, lyme diseases, lupus etc.

How to treat aspartame side effects?

Try to not consume any sugar free products, all of the sugar free products contains aspartame in high level in their ingredients, as said earlier many of the manufacturers do not even list it out in the description of their products.

Raw foods are the best. Routine exercises.

Daily deep rest. Drink lot of water all over the day.

Analyse your hair with a right doctor. Also detoxify your body, make a note of your health changes whenever happens it will help you to study and understand your body.


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