Glutathione: The Vital Key To Maximum Oxidation protection, Detoxification And a Strong Immune System
Our bodies are fighting off environmental toxins and stressors daily.
It’s is important we give our bodies the weapons (antioxidants) to protect our bodies from cell damage and
Master anti-oxidant Glutathione (GSH), maintains antioxidants like Vitamins C and E and even CoQ10. GSH acts as a security guard, disarming free radicals before they are able to cause damage to our cells. It has been estimated that our cells are hit 10,000 times by free radicals daily. Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body. It is a combination of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamine. Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant and has even been called “the master antioxidant.”
Glutathione helps with this oxidant stress by recharging other antioxidants. Scientists believe, the amount of GSH in every cell in our bodies may determine how long we live.
An ideal ratio of Glutathione would be 10% inactive and 90% active (to balance cells, antioxidants and to remove toxic threats). Unfortunately, our bodies are bombarded with too many toxins for this ratio to remain intact.
The importance of Glutathione
- GSH fights cellular toxins, rids the body of carcinogens and heals damaged cells. It is also one of the most protective against toxins, viruses, diseases, radiation pollution, oxidative stress and drugs.
- When there is not enough GSH for our cell protection, toxins can overload the liver and fat soluble toxins, will then be stored within our fat cells. The most susceptible cells would be in the breast, prostate and central nervous system. The brain produces more free radicals so it needs the most Glutathione.
- As we age, our percentage of GSH declines at a rate of 8-12% every decade after age 20. Poor diet, medication usage, infection and an increased toxic load can further increase our rate of depletion. A decrease of GSH at 70% will cause healthy problems. Depleted GSH increases cancer and neurological disease.
How to increase Glutathione
Unfortunately, GSH isn’t easily supplemented by taking a pill. Our digestive system isn’t effective at circulating it to the cells that need its protection, so don’t waste your money. There are other ways to increase our bodies protection with GSH.
- In extreme circumstances, an IV of GSH would have an immediate result, but as soon as the IV stops, so does the flow of Glutathione. It would be an effective but only a temporary fix.
- Vitamin D helps produce GSH. Our optimal levels of Vitamin D should be 60-100 ng/ml as our society is extremely deficient.
- Through our diet, we should naturally consume antioxidants such as cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid. Although low in amino acids, avocados, garlic, onion, turmeric, spinach and cruciferous veggies are a great source. In addition, walnuts, wheat germ, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, watermelon. Grass-fed whey protein and organic eggs are an incredibly good source of amino acids and more cysteine than any other food source.
- Glutamine is also an important nutrient that improves intestinal health. It serves as a direct precursor to glutathione, which is believed to be the rate-limiting nutrient for glutathione formation.
- Curcumin is also very important for increasing glutathione levels.
Our bodies need to be armed with antioxidants to protect our cells from daily stressors, radiation and toxins that will make us sick. I hope you have enjoyed this informative article explaining the necessity of increasing our Glutathione, amino acids and Vitamin D levels. A long and healthy life are within our reach when we support our bodies own ability to protect and heal itself.
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