Glutathione is a small molecule produced in every cell from a building block of 3 main amino acids; cysteine, glycine and glutamine. It is a powerful antioxidant in readily quenching free radicals and act as an agent in the various detoxification processes in the body. It also helps to regenerate other antioxidants.
What are the benefits of glutathione?
1) Immune system
Depletion in glutathione level dramatically inhibits immune functions and increases the vulnerability to infection and disease. People with cancer, AIDS and other serious illness are found to have glutathione depletion. Chronic infection deplete glutathione stores in the body.
2) Mental and physical functions
High glutathione level reduces muscle damage; reduce recovery time, increases strength, endurance and shift metabolism from fat deposition to muscle development.
Glutathione depletion is implicated in mental development disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease.
All toxins stick to glutathione. The different detoxification pathways are based on the ability for glutathione to stick to toxins making it water-soluble, which carries them to the bile and stool or via the kidney and out of the body.
The problem is our modern lifestyle of high stress, poor diet, exposure to pollution, infection and radiation all deplete glutathione in the body. Taking glutathione supplement orally will not help, as it is not well absorbed into the body.
Here are 7 ways you can boost the level of glutathione in the body:
1) Sulphur rich food
Sulphur containing food are rich in cysteine, which is a building block for glutathione. Examples of food rich in sulphur are garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collard, cabbage, cauliflower)
2) Vitamin supplements
Vitamin C and Vitamin E replenish and recycle glutathione in the body by preserving the ability to keep making glutathione work over and over again.
Vitamin B1 and B2, both being water-soluble, help to maintain glutathione level in the cells. Good source of Vitamin B1 are cereal, grain, yeast pork, brown rice, vegetables and eggs. Vitamin B2 is found in leafy green vegetable legume, yeast, liver, dairy.
3) Milk Thistle ( Silymarin)
Helps with liver detoxification by protecting the liver cells from free radicals. Thus, leaving the glutathione level intact to do the actual job of attaching to toxins.
Selenium is required for glutathione based enzyme during detoxification. Good source of selenium are nuts, grains, meat and seafood.
5) Vitamin D
6) Bioactive whey protein
Whey protein is a source of cysteine, which is the building block of glutathione. Bioactive means it is non-pasteurized, non-industrially produced.
7) Healthy lifestyle
Exercise and eat healthily. When you exercise it increases the level of oxidative stress, which trigger more glutathione to be generated in the body. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables will provide sufficient vitamin C and E as well as the building blocks for glutathione generation
Follow these 7 ways to boost the level of glutathione in your body and you will be on your way to optimum and vibrant health.
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