There is a nutrient, so vital to your health that none of the anti-oxidants you consume can work without it. No matter what you eat, what you supplement with, how much you exercise or how healthy you think you are – a deficiency in this one nutrient could undo all of your efforts. And most of us are deficient in it. And most of us have never heard of it
Getting Enough of This ONE Nutrient Could Unlock Your Health Potential
This powerful nutrient is…wait for it…glutathione. There, told you that you’d never heard of it!
What is Glutathione, How Does It Work & Where Can I Get It?!
Glutathione is a very interesting, very small molecule that’s [produced by the body and] found in every cell,” says Gustavo Bounous, MD, director of research and development at Immunotec and a retired professor of surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. “It’s the (body’s) most important antioxidant because it’s within the cell.”
It does occur naturally in many foods and while people who eat a diet high in fresh, organic fruit & veg will probably get enough – most of us don’t – and deficiencies in glutathione can be highly damaging. 90% of Australians, for instance (who are known to be a pretty healthy bunch), don’t get their five-a-day.
According to Dr Robert Young of the pH Miracle Centre in San Diego, glutathione is:
It is a tripeptide composed of glutamic, cysteine and glycine. Glutathione is found in all cells in the body, including the bile, the epithelial lining fluid of the lungs, and – at much smaller concentrations – in the blood.
It is the smallest intracellular non-protein thiol (molecule containing an S_H or sulfhydryl group) molecule in the cells. This characteristic emphasizes its potent antioxidant action and supports a multifaceted thiol exchange system, which regulates cell activity.
This small protein, produced naturally in the body, maintains these three crucial protective functions. In fact, your life depends on glutathione. Without it, your cells would disintegrate from unrestrained oxidation, your body would have little resistance to metabolic acids, and your liver would shrivel up from the eventual accumulation of acidic toxins.
Dr Young lists depletion being caused by:
1) Acidic lifestyle and diet
2) Air and Water pollution
3) Prescription and recreational drugs
4) Ultraviolet and Radiation from cells phones, computers, electrical cars, power lines, hair dryers, etc.
5) Emotional and physical stress
6) Injury, trauma or burns
7) Heavy metals
8) Cigarette smoke
9) Household chemicals
10) Acetaminophen poisoning
11) Exhaust from motor vehicles
12) Septic shock
According to the National Library of Medicine (the US Government), “Glutathione helps prevent damage to cells by neutralizing harmful molecules generated during energy production. Glutathione also plays a role in processing medications and cancer-causing compounds (carcinogens), and building DNA, proteins, and other important cellular components.”
Deficiency can lead to:
– the destruction of red blood cells
– elevated acidity in the blood and tissues (metabolic acidosis)
– premature aging
– immune system weakness
– bacterial infections
– plus all of the disease associated with oxidative stress
Glutathione Is THE Most Important Antioxidant
Many doctors are now starting to recognise the importance of glutathione for proper functioning and human wellbeing. Here are just a selection of quotes:
“We literally cannot survive without this miraculous antioxidant,” according to Dr. Earl Mindell, What You Should Know about the Super Antioxidant Miracle
“No other antioxidant is as important to overall health as glutathione. It is the regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent in the body. Low levels are associated with early aging and even death.” The Immune System Cure, Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe & Patrick J.D. Bouic, Ph.D.
“Without glutathione, other important antioxidants such as vitamins C and E cannot do their job adequately to protect your body against disease.” Breakthrough in Cell Defense, Dr. Allan Somersall, Ph.D., M.D. with Dr. Gustavo Bounous, M.D. FRCS(C)
“Your life depends on glutathione. Without it, your cells would disintegrate from unrestrained oxidation, your body would have little resistance to bacteria, viruses and cancer, and your liver would shrivel up from the eventual accumulation of toxins.” Glutathione: Essential Health AID – Antioxidant. Immune Booster. Detoxifier, Dr. Jimmy Gutman, MD, FACEP
“Glutathione has potent anti-viral properties – if you raise the glutathione level you can stop the replication of most any, at least, intracellular pathogen….but glutathione deficiency produces a pro-viral effect.” Dr. Paul Cheney, transcribed from a workshop presentation on the clinical management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
“A review article published in the Annals of Pharmacology stated that glutathione is important in DNA synthesis and repair, protein and prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport, detoxification of toxins and carcinogens, enhancement of the immune system, and protection from oxidation and enzyme activations.” The Immune System Cure, Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe & Patrick J.D. Bouic, Ph.D.
Where Can I Get Glutathione?
As mentioned above, glutathione, along with a wide range of other nutrients and antioxidants can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables. While I would suggest avoiding eating more than one piece of high sugar fruit per day – you should definitely try to have at least five serves of fresh, alkalising vegetables per day including kale, spinach, carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumber, cabbage, capsicum, peas, beans etc. (click here to see our definitive list of acid and alkaline foods)
A report in the Body & Soul magazine highlighted that the smartest choices for antioxidant content were:
- Sweet Potato: had double the beta-carotene of carrots
- Papaya: had 15 times more beta-cryptoxanthin than oranges and way less sugar)
- Kale: had three times more lutein and zeaxanthin than spinach)
- Watercress: had as much isothiocyanate as four teaspoons of mustard
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Without Glutathione You Could Be Losing Out on Other Nutrients!
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The Bottom Line on Antioxidants Is This…
We all KNOW we need to get plenty of antioxidants in our diet, the same as we need to make sure we get plenty of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (such as omega 3). However, just knowing clearly isn’t enough. 9 out of 10 Australians don’t get enough and I bet the statistics are similar in the USA and UK. We are just not getting enough.
Now supplementation is one thing – but supplementation of the right nutrients is more important. Similarly with omega 3, when we don’t have enough glutathione the nutrients we do consume can’t do their job properly.
I have always said – seek nutrition from food first and use supplements as a safety net – and this is no different.
So eat up on your colourful, fresh, delicious veggies and make sure you’re getting at LEAST your five-a-day!
Until next time