What is Glutamate?
As a neurotransmitter, glutamate works by transmitting messages into the brain. Thus, it plays a major role in learning and memory. Because of the important role that it plays in our brain, glutamate is often involved in various neurological diseases.
Glutamate is responsible for performing several important functions in our brain. As an excitatory neurotransmitter, it stimulates the various areas of the brain including some areas in the nervous system. Such stimulation is important for our learning process, which means that glutamate is good.
However, too much of glutamate is not also good as it can become an excitotoxin. This is usually the case when the glutamate ends up over-stimulating your brain cells. If the level of glutamate becomes extremely high, it will over-stimulate the brain cells to the extent where it ends up committing cellular suicide just to protect the cells in its surrounding.