According to Wikipedia, glutathione (or GSH) is an important antioxidant in plants, animals, fungi and some bacteria and archaea, preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals and peroxides.
But some natural health experts will go on to say that glutathione is so much more than important, even calling it "the mother of all antioxidants".
Glutathione is pronounced “gloota-thigh-own".
For example, Joe Martino tells us
“This is a powerful detoxifier and immune booster and is crucial to a healthy life. Although the body does make some of its own Glutathione, poor food quality, pollution, toxic environments, stress, infections and radiation are all depleting the glutathione in our bodies.
In addition, Kayla Grossmann says
“While certain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals also act as antioxidants, glutathione is different because it is intracellular and produced inherently within a well-nourished and healthy body.
Proper glutathione levels are actually required so that the other antioxidants (such as vitamins C, E, Selenium and carotenoids) can be properly utilized within the body. Not solely an antioxidant, glutathione is also essential in other vital biochemical functions such as energy utilization, immune system activity, detoxification and disease prevention.
Natural glutathione production is easily disrupted however, and stores can become quickly depleted by the ravages of poor diet, stress, medications, infections and radiation and other toxins."
Where do we find glutathione?
The good news is that there are 7 natural sources:
1. Fresh fruits and vegetables
including broccoli; Brussels sprouts; cabbage; cauliflower; avocados; peaches; watermelon; tomatoes; peas; garlic; onions; and red peppers.
2. High-quality whey protein
. While raw milk is another option for ensuring whey is included in your diet, it is less concentrated meaning you have to drink more than perhaps you normally would. Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. One source of whey is Immunocal - a prescription bioactive non-denatured whey protein. For a good online source, try this site.
3. Regular exercise
is really helpful. Glutathione production increases when you exercise - while breathing and sweating are great ways to get rid of toxins in the body.
4. Raw milk
and free range/organic eggs
5. Red meat and organ meats
from grass fed animals.
6. Organic turmeric
as well as two other spices – cinnamon and cardamom. Milk Thistle is a further good source.
7. Learning to reduce the stress
in your life.
As you can see, these are all good lifestyle choices that add to your general good health and well being as well as providing a natural source of glutathione.
What about supplementing glutathione?
If you feel you need to supplement, there is one that overcomes the absorption shortcomings of conventional glutathione oral supplements. It is called Acetyl Glutathione, improving absorption dramatically by encasing the glutathione molecule in a lipid-like structure to take it past the stomach lining and straight into the cells that need it. It is important to prevent any glutathione from being broken down before absorbing the benefits.
- One thing to remember is that we lose 1% of our glutathione levels for every year we age.
- It is highly important to maintain 100% glutathione levels as we grow older for proper brain function and more.
Again to quote Joe Martino, he tells us to think of Glutathione as being like a fly trap. Toxins stick to glutathione and they are carried to the bile into the stools and out of the body.
- Glutathione is crucial for helping your immune system fight chronic illness as it acts as the carrier of toxins out of your body.