Most people have never heard of the master antioxidant Glutathione (Glute-a–thigh-own), and yet it is the number one most abundant antioxidant found to support life in our bodies. Glutathione increases energy, slows aging, strengthens immunity, improves mental clarity, improves skin integrity, improves muscle performance and athletic recovery. Glutathione detoxifies the liver and every cell in the body (some ten trillion cells), improves sleep quality, it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, heavy metal detoxifier, and is the only antioxidant that can regenerate itself to repeatedly neutralize deadly effects of oxidation and toxicity.
By age 45 the general human population has 50% lower glutathione levels due to inverted eating, stress, medication, poor sleep habits, infections, radiation exposure, substance use and insufficient exercise. Glutathione antioxidants are tri-peptide (three amino acid) antioxidants that work twenty-four hours a day for as long as we are alive. Without Glutathione we die of oxidative free radical overload.
Glutathione is necessary for other antioxidant absorption; such is the case with vitamin C, E, Selenium and carotenoids. Insufficient cellular Glutathione levels in the brain and body lead to oxidative damages, premature aging and disease; seizures, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia, Multiple Sclerosis, heart attack, HIV, AIDS, liver disease, sickle Cell Anemia, cystic fibrosis, stroke, diabetes and other disorders.
Glutathione is assembled in the body, made of three amino acids, cysteine, glutamine and glycine. Oral supplementation of Glutathione has been shown in multiple studies to be poorly absorbed, having a short peak of glutathione with a drop over a few hours. Is it best to take it before a workout if a 43-48% absorption rate is financially viable for you. The majority of these studies are performed on rats and mice, not human subjects.
We can consume and absorb foods that contain building blocks of Glutathione and foods that stimulate Glutathione production. Be sure to eliminate and minimize stress and toxins each day while devouring delicious fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Only raw eggs and raw milk contain glutathione; pasteurization and cooking to consume destroys the antioxidant. The best food sources for increasing Glutathione levels in our body include: garlic, avocadoes, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, parsley, onions, cabbage, collards, asparagus, spinach, brussel sprouts, peaches, watermelon, squash and tomatoes. Cooking depletes Glutathione content 30+%. Canned fruit and vegetables contain 0% Glutathione.
For those who love supplements, Non-denatured Bioavailable Whey protein contains a full range of amino acids. The whey must be from grass fed cows, cold pressed and without sweeteners or additives. Do the research for purity; you’re worth it.
Cysteine and Glutamine supplements are not regulated and may or may not contain the labeled dose and also may contain contaminants, toxins and unwanted additives.
The most common Glutathione stimulating drug given by medical treatment is called NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine). As with every drug there is inherent toxicity. Tests show the Glutathione raising effect lasts only a few hours, landing the patient with below normal levels after. Reported side effects include, wheezing, rash, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.
We each have some ten trillion cells to protect and keep healthy for our vital longevity, enjoyment and peace of mind. Eat fresh and organic produce that is sulphur rich as included in this article. Glutathione enhancing foods are easy to find and prepare.
Most antioxidants have a short life; ended promptly after neutralizing a free radical. Glutathione however is powerful enough to recharge itself and recharge a vitamin C or E antioxidant, so it has a second life. Glutathione protects and detoxifies every cell, nucleus, DNA, mitochondria (produces energy in the cells); Glutathione fends off and destroys bacteria and viruses.
Normal metabolism in the human body has free radical waste products. Just as we eat and eliminate so do our cells. Free radicals are unstable molecules searching to rip off an electron from any molecule it can grab it from, which in turns creates another free radical. Glutathione provides the free radical with an electron and ushers it out through kidneys in our urine output or through bile in fecal output.
If you are looking to prevent or reverse chronic health maladies while improving energy and slow the aging process Glutathione rich foods provide the body with the necessary building blocks for the liver, the brain and every kind of cell in your body. Reduce and eliminate the toxic load to your body and the money spent on food might well keep your money from passing over the pharmacy order desk.
High concentrations of Glutathione are found in the liver of healthy living individuals. Glutathione is used to bind with toxins in the liver and escort them to the exit. The brain uses 20% of total body oxygen levels; the grey matter consumes approximately 15% of that; high concentrations of Glutathione are necessary to combat oxidation damage in brain tissues.
Glutathione levels are difficult to check through lab blood work as it oxidizes once outside the body. Tests for short (broken) and bent DNA offer clues of oxidation stress, a need for clean up and a diet rich in antioxidants.
Live Blood Analysis also reveals oxidative damage levels; red blood cells that are sticky or misshapen red blood cells lack essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. The presence of lymphocytes (immune cells) floating about with 2 or more nuclei is a sign of chronic inflammation and stress. Live Blood Analysis requires only a pinprick of blood and the patient can see the reality explained before their eyes. Good nutrition and yield wonders in a short time.
What ever you do, where every you are in life make an effort to eat more fresh bright, colorful vegetables and fruits for quality antioxidant and other nutrient richness. Eat sulphur rich foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and so on to provide your body with the Glutathione building blocks. Green vegetables and high quality green powders help alkalize and clean out toxins from the body; so easy to add to smoothies. Drink water and exercise daily; Glutathione protects you from oxidative damage, free radicals, toxins, illnesses and recharges other antioxidants and itself so it can keep you going 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, indefinitely, whether you are sleeping or awake.
May all beings be at peace and prosper. Namaste.