Glutathione - One Power-Packed Antioxidant
Glutathione, sometimes referred to as GSH, is a relatively unheard of antioxidant. It has been said to be the modern day overall health booster of nutritional medicine and may be the one antioxidant that makes all the other ones work well.
GSH is a natural protein found in many fruits and vegetables. It is known as 'natures policeman' because it helps to round up and neutralize the toxins that enter and pollute our systems.
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I've been taking glutathione off and on for several years now, after reading a book about it some 20 years ago and was amazed to learn about it's amazing qualities. Like most people, I had never heard of it before that time.
When I began taking it for the first time, I noticed a surge of energy I had not felt in years! (Thank You God!) That's one reason I call it 'nature's buzz'! Sure beats the heck of our depending on caffeine to do the trick!
GSH is produced in abundance in the liver when you are young, just like everything else. However, as you grow older, its cellular production decreases to such low levels that it can become almost non-existent in your body.
Your liver is responsible for detoxifying your body in addition to keeping your blood clean and pure. It is vital to have high levels of glutathione for optimum health. The truth is however, that we need abundant amounts to protect us against the many harmful free radicals that roam our earth. This helps keep your cells healthy and disease free.
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Health Benefits of GSH
Why is Your Liver so Important?
Do You Need GSH?
Health Benefits of Glutathione
These toxins play havoc on our health by causing countless chronic health problems. Higher levels of GSH helps to keep us more healthy and disease free!
Glutathione is a tripeptide made of cysteine, glutamate, and glycine. Found abundantly in the body when you're young, it is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier.
That's why it could be helpful to many conditions, which include: allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, cataracts, chronic fatigue syndrome
, digestive problems, heart disease, HIV, hyperactivity, infections, jet lag, mood swings, muscle pain, skin problems, weight gain, and so many more!
It also helps neutralize environmental toxins and free radicals more than any other antioxidant
. Selenium helps form the building blocks for this supplement, and vitamin E
makes it work better!
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Why is Your Liver so Important?
Many health experts have implied, noted, and confirmed, that your liver
is the most important vital organ of your body. It is extremely important to keep it functioning at its maximum.
It does so much GOOD for you, and it’s one of the only organs in our bodies that can regenerate itself, so if you have minimal liver damage you can most probably reverse the degeneration, if you take the necessary steps!
Proper liver function is vital to combating toxins that may lead to cancer. Glutathione has also been shown to help repair damaged DNA that plays an essential part in retarding the aging process.
If you have any form of Hepatitis, you should provide as much liver support as possible. Hepatitis can be deadly and can cause excessive damage to your liver. You also need to occasionally cleanse your liver
for better liver function or a flush your liver
to eliminate gallstones.
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Best Food Sources
Unless you eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables, your diet is NOT going to provide enough GSH or its precursors. The average North American diet (SAD) is extremely low in these antioxidant rich foods.
Foods - Milligrams per 100 Grams
Asparagus - 26
Avacodo - 31
Broccoli - 8
Cantaloupe - 9
Grapefruit - 15
Orkra - 7
Orange - 11
Peach - 7
Potato - 13
Strawberries - 12
Tomato - 11
Watermelon - 28
Zucchini - 8
*Source: Dean P.Jones, Ralph J. Coates, et al., "Glutathione in Foods Listed in the National Cancer Institutes Health Habits and History Food Frequency Questionnaire,"
Nutrition and Cancer, vol. 17, no. 1, pp 57-75, 1992
Asparagus, avocado, and walnuts are particularly rich dietary sources of GSH. Cysteine is found in most high protein foods including ricotta, cottage cheese, yogurt, pork, sausage meat, chicken, turkey, duck, luncheon meat, wheat germ, granola, and oat flakes.
Other foods that contain high levels are:
Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Collards, Bok Choy, Cress, Mustard, Horseradish, Turnips, Rutabaga’s and Kohlrabi.
One problem with GSH is that exercise (although certainly good for your health!) depletes supplies. Exercise lowers GSH as the increased metabolism and oxygen intake uses up a fair amount in your cells.
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There are many forms of GSH around but you probably won't be able to find it at your local superstore. Health stores are a great place to find them though! One of the best brands is Twin Labs L-Glutathione Caps which are 100 - 250 mg., your choice. You can of course, choose other GSH supplement brands. Your decision as to how much to take should be based on your present physical condition. If you have or have had liver problems, you might opt for products with higher milligrams. Cost vary from brand to brand, but are all relatively inexpensive.
Most manufacturer's suggest taking one capsule per day. Because of my own experience in taking this supplement, I suggest that you start off taking one then slowly move up to taking two daily. If you wake up in the morning feeling revitalized, take only one capsule. On days that you're feeling a bit run down, take two for a natural energy boost. If you want to buy this supplement locally and can't find L-Glutatione, you can take NAC instead. Why? Because GSH is made from NAC in your liver and is much gentler on a delicate tummy!
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How to Tell if You Need GSH
Do you get frequent headaches?
Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
Do you have allergies or food cravings?
Do you experience frequent joint or muscle pain?
Do you often feel overtired from normal everyday activities?
Do you regularly take aspirin, advil, or other OTC painkillers?
Do you suffer from mood swings or feel irritable much of the time?
Do you frequently get infections, colds, or other minor illnesses?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, GSH just might be the one supplement you've been missing and need the most.
Some people have a hard time taking GSH as it can upset the stomach. If you can't tolerate it, another viable alternative is to just take selenium daily. Since your body makes L-Glutathione from selenium to begin with, the benefits of both are clear.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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From the book: Glutathione - The Ultimate Antioxidant, by Alan H Pressman, D.C., PhD, C.C.N.
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