Our bodies naturally produce a miraculous substance with which many of us are unfamiliar – glutathione (γ-glutamyl-cysteinyl-glycine or GSH). This sulfur-based enzyme is created within the liver, but is also found in meats, fruits and vegetables. Some of us may have been prescribed glutathione for an ailment without realizing the full range of its benefits. To date, the U.S. library of medical research, PubMed, has recorded over 90,000 studies and articles on the essential role that glutathione plays in every cell in our body.
When You are Sick, Your Body Uses More Glutathione Than it Produces.
Healthy people manufacture enough glutathione in their bodies. However, when one is aging, fighting infections, under a lot of stress, exposed to environmental toxins, taking medications or following an inadequate diet, one’s glutathione levels are reduced. Lack of adequate glutathione makes us less able to fight the stress facing our bodies, making it all the more difficult to regain our health. Research shows that the low glutathione levels often exhibited by the critically ill can impede the chances of recovery.
Glutathione works to maintain the health of our bodies at the most basic cellular level, working to prevent damage from free radicals, oxidative stress, infections and cancer. A healthy liver produces adequate glutathione, but when the liver is damaged or overloaded, it can’t do its job. A body that is not healthy cannot therefore produce enough glutathione to replace levels being used by the body.
Glutathione protects us by attaching itself to anything that the body considers foreign (toxins, fungi, viruses, foreign bacteria) and then removes it. However, there must be sufficient glutathione present to do the job.
7 Ways to Naturally Raise Your Glutathione Level
- Eat an organic, fresh diet, including sulfur-rich vegetables such as garlic, onions, cabbage, parsley, avocados, tomatoes and squash. Eat as much RAW food as possible; the glutathione naturally present vegetables is reduced by up to 60% by cooking. and is completely destroyed by the canning process.
- Whey protein (without sweeteners or other additives) contains cysteine and other elements needed by the body to produce glutathione.
- Stay active and exercise, but not to extremes. Activity increases cellular energy and glutathione production.
- Fresh, raw eggs and raw milk increase the production of glutathione. The high temperatures required for pasteurization destroys this capacity.
- Red and organ meats from grass-fed animals supply necessary alpha lipoic acid. Desiccated liver is another option.
- Turmeric is incredibly effective for many ailments and has also been shown to help glutathione metabolism in some studies.
- Chronic, low-level stress reduces the body’s glutathione levels quickly. Find methods of lowering stress levels that work for you.
Health Benefits of Glutathione
- Supports the immune system;
- DNA repair;
- Detoxification of chemicals, drugs, metabolic wastes and environmental toxins, including radiation;
- Fights bacteria and viruses;
- Fights premature aging.
Low glutathione levels are associated with 70 specific ailments. They include: Autoimmune Diseases, Aging Problems, AIDs, Alzheimer’s, Asthma, Cancers, Candida, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis, Herpes, Parkinson’s, Shingles, Strokes and Toxin Poisoning. Low levels of glutathione can also hasten the aging process.
Almost all ailments would benefit from healthy glutathione levels.
Healthcare providers typically administer glutathione with an injection or intravenously (IV). Glutathione suppositories are available for home use and glutathione can also be nebulized for the treatment of lung diseases. Capsules are available, though some studies suggest that glutathione taken orally is not readily absorbed in the digestive tract.
Bottom line: glutathione is necessary for good health as it is a necessary component in the body’s fight against illness and damage.
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