Aging, Degenerative Diseases, Energy, Toxins

The World’s Most Important Antioxidant?

13583668_sIn the world of health and nutrition, the power of antioxidants cannot be underestimated.

Antioxidants have the power to stop a multitude of ailments, most notably, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, chronic infections, cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, autism, kidney problems, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, liver disease and more.

In theory, all antioxidants are beneficial to your health.

But in reality, there’s one antioxidant that reigns supreme over all others.

It’s called glutathione.

Now the interesting thing about glutathione is the body makes it on its own. And though this is true, most people in the U.S. are woefully deficient in glutathione.

The reason being is over the years humans have been subjected to more and more environmental stresses. Things  like toxins, chemicals, radiation, etc. have put so much strain on the body it becomes unable  to produce, nor reuse glutathione to help regulate health.

Glutathione is unique as it can be recycled in the body. When there’s not enough glutathione being produced, then the body doesn’t have enough to recycle, and health defects begin to occur.

Dr. Mark Hyman describes Glutathione’s function in the following way:

Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. After this happens, the body can “reduce” or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule and we are back in business.

However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins. Then the glutathione becomes depleted and we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals, infections, or cancer and we can’t get rid of toxins. This leads to further sickness and soon we are in the downward spiral of chronic illness.

The main cause of the reduced production of glutathione comes from a missing gene format known as GSTM1 function. Without this gene, the body won’t be able to recycle glutathione, and the health crisis emerges.

So what can be done about a GSTM1 gene malfunction and reduced glutathione?

A few simple fixes can help with waning glutathione levels.

1. You can eat foods with more sulfur. Sulfur is one of the primary components of glutathione’s makeup. Eating foods like onions, garlic, as well as cruciferous vegetables can help increase glutathione in the body easily.

2. Exercise. Moderate to intense exercise can also help with glutathione levels. This will help with detoxification in the body and boost immune defense which helps increase glutathione.

3. Take supplements. As glutathione helps to share the load with other antioxidants, the more antioxidants you bring into your body, the less strain on glutathione levels. Try to supplement with Alpha lipoic acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Selenium, Vitamin B-5 (P-5-P) Vitamin B-12 (methylcobalamin) Vitamin C, Vitamin E.

4. Try Milk Thistle. Milk thistle supports liver health which in turns help with detoxification which can help support glutathione levels.

One of the most important steps to take to boost glutathione levels is to work to promote immune health.

If you can keep your immune system healthy, it means you’re able to keep glutathione up, which spells increased health overall.

The British medical journal The Lancet, found the highest glutathione levels in healthy young people, lower levels in healthy elderly, lower still in sick elderly and the lowest of all in the hospitalized elderly.

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