According to health guru and bestselling author Dr. Hyman, Glutathione is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease but it just isn’t something we are all familiar with. Dr. Hyman believes it’s the secret to prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 89,000 medical articles about it but not a lot of information in overcoming a deficiency.
Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body. It is a combination of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamine. Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant and has even been called “the master antioxidant.” It is a tripeptide found inside every single cell in your body.
The power behind glutathione is the sulfur chemical groups it contains. Sulfur is a sticky molecule which acts like fly paper attracting toxins and heavy metals in the body to stick onto it. Normally glutathione is recycled in the body but if the toxic load is too great this process breaks down.
Glutathione deficiency has been linked to:
- Age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Coronary and autoimmune diseases
- Arthritis, asthma and other inflammatory conditions
- Mitochondrial dysfunction
- Muscle weakness and fatigue
Eating unprocessed whole food containing significant amounts of glutathione or its precursors is crucial. A diet such as the Superman’s Diet can help with detoxing as well. Foods to boost the bodies producing glutathione include:
Whey Protein: The best food for optimal production of glutathione is high quality whey protein. It must be cold pressed whey protein derived from grass fed cows, and free of hormones, chemicals and sugar. A high quality whey includes the key amino acids for glutathione production and contains glutamylcysteine that assists the body in converting these amino acids to glutathione.
Raw milk products, raw eggs and meat: High levels of Glutathione are found in fresh, uncooked meats and raw milk but is negligible in pasteurized dairy products.
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide excellent glutathione, but once cooked very little. Spinach, kale, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, squash, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, walnuts, garlic and tomatoes are great sources.
Milk thistle is an excellent source of the antioxidant compound silymarin, which may help to prevent glutathione depletion in the liver. Glutathione is crucial for detoxification and can become depleted from acetaminophen, alcohol consumption, heavy metals and toxins.
Curcumin may also be useful for increasing glutathione levels.
You should also consider taking liposomal glutathione supplements.
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