Is China salt (ajinomoto) good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Last Updated on September 21, 2023 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder in which the patient suffers from various symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping in the intestines, gas, constipation, headache, etc. And because of these symptoms, the patient spends almost all the time in anxiety. It makes it difficult for the patient to perform his daily tasks.

Patient food comes out as a hassle for him. The causes of IBS are not yet known, but it is certain that intensive research is going on to find out its causes, as well as its treatment is a very difficult task.  Because the symptoms of IBS are fluctuating, it can be difficult to diagnose or treat.

There are three types of IBS: IBS-C, IBS-D, and IBS-M. 

In the beginning, the patient uses many medications, but with time, he is inclined to change his diet and lifestyle to minimize the symptoms of IBS, and the patient try to take a special diet that is suitable for him.

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Role of diet in IBS

An IBS patient has to consume food very carefully. In this diet, which is low FODMAP, the value is suitable for IBS.

However, a high FODMAP is not ideal for an IBS patient and may cause IBS symptoms to appear.

Likewise, chemicals that are synthetic are also not IBS-friendly, meaning they exacerbate IBS symptoms such as high pH acids and bases.

How is salt in IBS?

What is China Salt/ Ajinomoto?

China salt is basically a chemical whose formula is: MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (C5H8NO4Na). It is also said that Ajinomoto its role in making the food taste delicious.

How is china salt for health?

China salt makes the food very tasty but at the same time it is also necessary to know that it comes with many side effects, among these side effects are headache, eye irritation, frequent urination, sweating, chest pain. Rapid heartbeat, feeling sick, etc. Normal healthy person may experience after eating Chinese salt.[1]Reducing daily salt intake in China by 1 g could prevent almost 9 million cardiovascular events by 2030: a modelling study | BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health[2]Monosodium glutamate (MSG): Is it harmful? – Mayo Clinic

China Salt/ Ajinomoto/MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (C5H8NO4Na) and IBS

As for the patient of IBS, it is not good for him to consume China salt in any case, that is, the use of China salt in IBS brings out the symptoms of IBS, including abdominal pain and Cramping in the intestines. Since China salt is used to flavor food, it is mostly used in curries. But if a patient of IBS eats a curry in which Chinese salt is added, stomach pain will start and the whole system will feel heavy.[3]A102 MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE INCREASES VISCERAL SENSITIVITY IN A MURINE MODEL OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME – PMC (nih.gov)

Why does China salt disturb the gut system of IBS patient?

The exact cause of IBS symptoms is not known, but it is theorized that the salt disrupts the ions in the cells of the intestinal lining, causing these symptoms.

Solution of symptoms caused by China salt.

If the symptoms are appearing due to eating Chinese food, then the solution is the medicine recommended by the doctor. This is because it causes symptoms that can be cured only with proper medicine.

The same medicine is taken what the doctor recommends. Do not take any medicine on your own. Similarly, drinking more water and going to sleep is also a solution. As long as the food remains in the body, the symptoms of IBS will continue to appear. And the problem will not go away, so, IBS patients should not use Chinese salt under any circumstances. Do not eat food that contains Chinese salt. And this avoidance will helpful for IBS patients.

Written By:

  • Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Reviewed By:

  • Dr. Muhammad Khan Malik
  • Syeda Noor-ul-Ain Naqvi

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