GLUTATHIONE: The Ultimate Antioxidant
Glutathione is an antioxidant made of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamine. It has sulfur groups on it that grab toxins and free radicals and help your body get rid of them.
What does that mean for you and your health? When free radicals and toxins build up in your body it affects your immune system, your metabolism, and every organ in your body's ability to function. We all encounter toxins everyday that our body's weren't designed to handle. Air pollution, pesticides on our food, artificial coloring, metals in our water and the air, mercury fillings in our teeth, and on and on. If your body can't effectively get rid of these toxins as fast as they're coming in, you are going to get sick eventually.
This is the source of many of the medical problems becoming more and more common: cancer, autoimmune conditions, neurodegenerative conditions. We take for granted that rates of Alzheimer's, ALS, autism, MS, Parkinson's, Crohns, ulcerative colitis, and cancer are rising. They shouldn't be. And there is something we can do to stop it.
Limiting exposure to as many toxins as possible is the first step, but many can't be avoided. And that's where antioxidants like glutathione come in. Our body's glutathione stores are depleted from the constant toxic load. If we can increase the glutathione level, we will be able to detox more and improve our health and vitality both now and in the future. Patients living with chronic illness need glutathione to heal. People without chronic disease need glutathione to stay healthy.
Glutathione levels increase with exercise and eating cruciferous vegatables such as brocolli and kale. You can also support your body's ability to make more glutathione by taking oral supplements that are needed to make glutathione: NAC, B vitamins, selenium, folinic acid, and alpha lipoic acid. The best way of directly raising your glutathione level is through IV glutathione. Glutathione cannot be taken orally because your stomach breaks it down before it ever gets into your system. But with IV glutathione, you bypass the stomach and absorb the glutathione directly.