The most powerful antioxidant on the planet does not come from an exotic fruit, vegetable or a laboratory. It comes from your body. Glutathione is the recently discovered master anti-aging, immune-boosting antioxidant that rivals any other antioxidant known to man.
Why is Glutathione so vital to your wellness?
The human body, from infancy to elderly, is constantly processing nutrients and removing toxins at the cellular level. The more efficient your body does this during the life space of each cell, the healthier you will be.
Glutathione is the master anti-oxidant produced by the immune system that detoxifies blood cells for healthy functioning. It prevents mutated cells from forming – the precursors to cancer, disease and other ailments.
Healthy cells are also what allow RNA and DNA repair to take place in rebuilding muscle, maintaining active metabolism, improving stamina and reduces the damaging effects of stress.
How Does Your Body Produce Glutathione?
“Naturally cell generated” glutathione is only manufactured by your body when it has access to Cysteine, Glutamic Acid and Glycine, three difficult to get amino acids.
Natural occurring Glutatione cannot be synthesized in a laboratory, packaged and taken as a supplement. Naturally occurring Glutathione must be generated within the cell from the Amino Precursors before it can work effectively in the body.
How to Help Your Body Produce Glutathione?
To produce Glutathione, the best source of Cysteine, Glutamic Acid and Glycine is native, non-denatured whey protein concentrate. Non-denatured means the protein’s amino acids are alive and biologically active for metabolic uptake by your body, allowing the body to produce Glutathione.
Native, non-denatured whey is difficult to find because it is expensive and difficult to manufacture. (Beware that most whey proteins on the market are heavily damaged (denatured) leftover bi-products from the cheese manufacturing industry with very few surviving Aminos and Polypeptides, regardless of their label claims.
Spinach Tomatoes (raw)
Beef (grilled, roasted)
Chicken (baked, fried)
Hamburger (pan fried)
Steak (grilled, pan fried)
Protective roles in the body
The highest amounts of glutathione are found in the liver and kidneys, intestines and lung lining fluid, where it detoxifies ingested chemicals and inhaled pollutants. Glutathione is present in the mucus lining of the entire GI tract and can intercept and neutralize toxins before they can be absorbed. In the lung lining fluid, glutathione not only acts as a barrier but also enhances the power of specialized immune cells that form the body’s first line of defense.1,5
Throughout the body glutathione acts as an antioxidant, reacting with free radicals so as to render them harmless. Glutathione also helps to regenerate vitamins C and E, two of the body’s other important antioxidants. Thus, glutathione not only acts directly to prevent oxidative damage to cells, but also indirectly by supporting a powerful antioxidant team.1
These protective functions occur continually in all major organ systems – not only the liver, kidneys, intestines and lungs, but also the brain, heart, skeletal muscle, skin and immune system.
Factors that deplete glutathione
Many factors affect glutathione status. One inescapable factor is age. Glutathione status generally begins to weaken around age 45 and declines quickly after age 60.7,8 The loss in glutathione protection may lead to an increase in oxidative stress, which in turn may lead to accelerated aging.
Whenever oxidative stress is increased in association with age, disease, lifestyle or environmental factors, glutathione may be used up faster than it can be produced. This increase in oxidative stress may lead to premature aging.
Definitive studies have not been conducted to determine the degree of protection glutathione might provide, because they are very costly and long-term. Still, there is evidence of benefit from other types of studies. For example, an observational study of older individuals found that those who enjoyed generally good health, such as better self-rated health and better cardiovascular health, had higher glutathione levels than those who scored lower on various measures of health.19
The role of glutathione supplementationWhen the body cannot make enough glutathione to keep up with demand, increased dietary intake and/or supplementation may be beneficial. Studies have shown that taking dietary supplements of glutathione can raise glutathione levels in critical tissues such as the lungs, intestines and kidneys, as well as blood plasma.20,2122,23,24
Since the best diets provide about 250 milligrams of glutathione daily and most people have intakes that fall far below that, 150-200 milligrams appears to be a reasonable target for healthy people to close the gap. Those who desire additional support might want to consider more. An upper safety limit for supplemental glutathione has not been established, but high intakes of 3,000 milligrams per day have not caused any adverse symptoms.
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