Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Glutathione is produced naturally in the liver. It is made up of three amino acids, and it is vital for cellular metabolism. It protects against oxidative stress caused by free radicals, is required for the immune system to function properly, and is a potent detoxifier.

The importance of glutathione has been validated by over 92,000 scientific articles, more than twice the amount that has ever been published about vitamin C. In fact, nutrition experts believe that it is just as necessary for our health as oxygen, food and water. 

Glutathione helps other antioxidants and nutrients do their jobs properly. Without it, no amount of supplementation or healthy eating will do us any good. In addition, since our immune system depends on this substance, a lack of it causes us to get sick more often. It also protects our mitochondria, which provide energy to our cells. Our mitochondria are very vulnerable to the effects of free radicals, so if glutathione weren't present they would deteriorate very quickly and our cells would die. 

Furthermore, this antioxidant helps our body get rid of toxins. This is important, because most of us are exposed to dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. In fact, a study by Cornell University found that over 60% of the world's population is harmed by air pollution, and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health recently found that almost 900 of the chemicals used in cosmetics and skincare products are toxic.

Although glutathione is produced naturally in the body, its levels begin to decline at around twenty years of age. From that point, they decrease by 8% to 12% every decade. 
By the time a person is 50, these levels are only at 60% to 70% of what they were in their teens
The level of glutathione in our body is also lowered by sickness, toxins and other things that cause physical or emotional stress. Because it is nearly impossible to avoid these things with our modern lifestyle, most people do not have enough glutathione in their bodies.

How to Boost Your Glutathione Levels

The fact that you are now reading this information suggests you already know that Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant and detoxifier. Therefore, you are probably looking for ways to increase your glutathione levels.

Glutathione is produced naturally in our body from foods containing amino acids. Raw foods are much better than cooked foods at providing the essential ingredients or building blocks.
Super Foods:
Broccoli, Avocados, Asparagus, Spinach and Tomatoes are the most effective food based glutathione boosters.

Fruit & Vegetables:

All types of fresh fruit and vegetables are good for your general health as they provide the necessary ingredients for natural glutathione production. However, they generally have much greater nutritional value when eaten raw rather than cooked.
Apart from the Super Foods already mentioned above, other cruciferous vegetables (i.e. of the mustard family) such as brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage and cauliflower are the most effective. The antioxidants contained in these foods assist the body to fight off diseases such as cancer and have also been shown to aid weight loss.

Meat, Eggs & Spices:
Raw eggs, fresh unprocessed meat and spices such as turmeric and garlic also contain high levels of amino acids the body requires for the production of natural glutathione.Whey Protein:Un-denatured Whey Protein, i.e. the non-heated form, is another good source of sulphur containing amino acids.


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