What is Glutathione?
“The mother of all antioxidants.” – Mark Hyman, MD
Glutathione, pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”, is the number one antioxidant and detoxifier in every cell in your body. Over 76,000 peer reviewed articles have been written about it. It is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent things like heart disease, dimentia, and chronic illness. It is necessary in the treatment of everything from Autism to Alzheimer’s. It is a tripeptide composed of three amino acids- cysteine, gltaminic acid and glycine.
Why is it important?
Some of its functions in your body include:
- Maintain vitamins c and E in their reduced, active forms
- Tightly regulating the production of hydrogen peroxide
- Neutralizing lipid peroxides-breakdown products of polyunsaturated fatty acids found in our cell membranes
- Assisting in making drugs and other toxic chemicals more water-soluble for easier excretion
- It helps the liver detoxify fat before bile is emitted, which reduces stress on the gallbladder
Higher levels of Glutathione can increase energy levels, strengthen your immune system, fight inflammation, improve athletic performance, detoxify your body, aid in cellular repair, and slow down the aging process.
Now that we know some of the processes that it aids, what is it doing in simple terms?
- Plays a crucial role in immune function
- Promotes t-cell function, which is critical for a strong immune system
- Helps prevent drug resstance
- Protects from environmental toxins
- And it fights cancer
- What affects it?
- All of the following can affect your Glutathione:
- Environmentalt pollutants
- Pharmaceutical drugs including Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Poor lifestyle
- Acetone, solvents, paint removers, fuels, fuel by-products
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Benzopyrenes: from tobacco smoke, barbequed foods, and fuel exhaust
- Housewares: certain non-stick coating of pans, plastic containers, plastic linings of tin cans and other food packaging
- Formaldehyde and styrene: from photocopiers and toner printers
- Chlorine in treated water
- Medical x-rays
- UV radiation
- Strenuous exercise because it produces free radicals in the body
- MTHFR Mutation
What can you do?
There are foods that can be added to your diet to help your body’s natural Glutathione production.
It can also be taken in the form of a supplement.
Please click on the link below for the Glutathione supplement we recommend.
*** Talk to Dr. Maggie about your Glutathione concerns before starting a new supplement. There is a test that can be done to check your levels first. Please let us know what you thought of today’s article. Comment on our social media with #ThrivingThursday.
Dr. Mark Hyman
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