BodyManual Ingredient Spotlight: Glutathione
Your body’s master antioxidant is an amazing molecule called glutathione. Never heard of it, right? Well, many health experts consider it the most important molecule.
You need glutathione to stay healthy and prevent things like aging, heart disease, dementia, cancer, and just about any other chronic disease you can list.
It’s no overstatement to say that taking action to support your glutathione levels is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Factors That Reduce Your Glutathione Levels
The good news is that your liver produces the glutathione your body needs.
The bad news is that if you eat a poor diet or you take medications, your liver won’t produce as much glutathione as it should. Additionally, if you live on planet Earth, where you’re exposed to toxins and pollution and radiation, and you’re probably stressed a lot of the time, the amount of glutathione your body makes will be reduced. And that’s not good for your health. Chronic illness and aging also reduce glutathione production.
So, nobody is immune to the challenge of maintaining a high level of glutathione.
What Does Glutathione Do?
Glutathione is so important and effective because its molecule contains sulfur compounds. Your body needs that basic building block of sulfur to be able to make more glutathione. Meanwhile, sulfur is sticky, which makes it great at rounding up toxins and other substances that should be eliminated from your body.
Your immune system depends on glutathione. Without it, you’re very likely to get sick. That goes double if you have a compromised immune system. So, supporting glutathione levels through food and a dietary supplement makes a lot of sense, even if you’re currently healthy.
Glutathione is vital to detoxification because it’s the most important molecule for neutralizing free radicals and removing toxins from your body.
Glutathione also helps recycle other antioxidants in your body.
As a result of all this work, glutathione can improve the appearance and health of your skin, especially preventing scars and wrinkles. It can even aid in weight loss.
Prevent Major Diseases and Live Longer
I’m not even close to done yet. Glutathione is closely linked to the prevention of cancer, brain and memory disorders and cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that almost all chronic disease is associated with a lack of glutathione.
Research has also shown that people over the age of 100 have higher levels of glutathione than average people in their 60s. When you consider that glutathione production decreases with age, this suggests that those who maintain a higher level of glutathione have a greater chance of living longer.
Some Signs of Glutathione Deficiency
Most people need more glutathione. Some need it more than others, especially if they have clusters of these potential indicators of glutathione deficiency:
- chronic illness
- high stress levels
- sleep problems
- taking medications
- prone to infections
- regular headaches
- brain fog
- dry skin
Really, It’s For Everyone
Prevention is Better Than Cure
- Take a walk in the outdoors and not look at your cell phone while doing it – look at your surrounds and into the distance instead. Something like this is not the answer to all your problems, but it does help you feel a bit better.
- Get some kind of regular exercise. Work it into your routine. You have to organize your life around exercise, not organize exercise around your life.
- Limit your exposure to pollutants, heavy metals, and pharmaceuticals.
- Avoid pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin (ibuprofen), Naproxen, and Percocet. They contribute to liver damage by depleting glutathione, zinc, and vitamin C.
- Stay away from processed foods and refined packaged foods.
- Eat organic.
- Filter water.
How to Increase Your Glutathione Levels
- Eat plenty of sulfur-rich foods:
- cruciferous vegetables, like kale, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower
- Get enough selenium. Foods that are good sources of selenium include:
- Brazil nuts
- beef liver
- Exercise regularly. Short bursts of high-intensity exercise are best for increasing your glutathione production.
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