Glutathione is an IMPORTANT MOLECULE you need to stay healthy and prevent disease, yet you’ve probably never heard of it.
When you come in contact with toxins from foods, water, home products, environmental toxins and even the scented personal care products we use on our bodies, your body begins to work hard to push them out of your blood stream.
A natural substance, glutathione, already being produced in your body can neutralize these poisons – to help ward off disease and even slow down the aging process. Glutathione is used to protect us from pollution, radiation, drugs, carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals.
No substance in the body has more power to nullify toxins and protect cells than glutathione. In the form of glutathione reductase, which is glutathione in its natural, enzymatic state, it is used by every cell in the body to help preserve them in their undamaged condition.
This life-prolonging workhorse protects cell DNA from damage, protects against harmful free radicals, DECREASES INFLAMMATION, reduces oxidative stress and wards off heart disease, neurological decline and cancer. By promoting healthy cell mitochondria energy production, glutathione actually provides anti-aging effects.
Although glutathione appears in every cell of the body, the greatest concentrations of it are in the detoxifying organs, such as the liver and kidneys. In fact, without glutathione, detoxification would be essentially impossible. Detoxification takes place in three separate stages, and glutathione enhances all three of them.
Glutathione is produced in the liver from three different amino acids. But stress, poor nutrition, A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE and prescription medications can deplete the body’s storage. And, as is the case with so many health-promoting substances, the young possess glutathione in lavish supply, while levels fall in older individuals.
Chronic exposure to toxins also threatens glutathione levels – which means toxins deplete the exact substance that your body most needs to neutralize them.
Unfortunately, most commercially-available supplements of this essential nutrient are poorly absorbed, and few foods – with the exception of broccoli and carrots – contain any glutathione to speak of. In addition, the process of cooking depletes almost 100 percent of this valuable substance.
The best bet is for ramping up your body’s production of glutathione is to consume healthy amounts of the three “building blocks” of glutathione – the amino acids L-cysteine, L-glutamic acid and glycine. While also making sure you get enough of the nutrients necessary for glutathione synthesis: vitamins B-2 and B-6, along with the mineral selenium, which helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione. Taking antioxidants including vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), work together to also recycle glutathione. It is a fairly straightforward, but vital recipe.
Natural health experts advise enhancing glutathione production by eating healthy qualities of garlic, onion, parsley, avocados and cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and kale. Of course, you should opt for certified organic produce to minimize exposure to toxins.
Milk thistle has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels. Cinnamon and turmeric are also recommended, along with non-denatured organic whey protein from grass-fed cows. This is a great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis.
By taking these steps you will be able to see how they work to help you optimize your glutathione levels. When you do, it will be one more way to lifelong vibrant health.
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