GLUTATHIONE (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”) is a very important molecule for the liver to keep you healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more. It is necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. Some call it the mother of all antioxidants.
The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that toxins from poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione. The liver uses the glutathione in almost every detoxification pathway, but if you don’t eat enough healthy foods, the body will be depleted before the toxins are eliminated.
This leaves you susceptible to unrestrained cell disintegration from oxidative stress, free radicals, infections and cancer. And your liver gets overloaded and damaged, making it unable to do its job of detoxification.
You need to supply your liver with the foods necessary to build sufficient glutathione. The body does this with foods high in sulfur, protein (particularly cysteine), and foods rich in methyl- groups. Exercise also encourages the body to build more glutathione.
Foods highest in sulfur: Garlic, onions, and all the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, watercress, etc)
Foods highest in protein with extra cysteine: Eggs, meat (need variety) red peppers, garlic, broccoli, brussel sprouts, oats, wheat germ, etc.
Foods highest in methyl- groups: Cruciferous vegetables, strawberries and citrus fruit, fish, meat, eggs, and seafood.
How do you know if you are depleted and need supplementation of glutathione? Since the body makes glutathion in response to stress, it should be found in the blood stream at healthy levels of 669 mm/L. If your supply is decreased, you will have decreased detoxification of toxins.
The symptoms may include:
- weakness/lack of energy
- brain “fog”
- joint pain, longer recovery time after workouts
- dry skin
- sleep disorders
- frequent colds
- onset of a more serious health condition
Healthy people may not notice instantaneous results when boosting glutathione levels. However, they will notice improvement in energy levels, mind clarity, improved sleep and mood, and will see fewer colds. Those who do power workouts several times a week will see faster recovery times, reduced muscle soreness and improved athletic performance.
To be tested, it is a simple blood test, contact the office (407) 716-6553