How to Get Glutathione in Your Diet

What foods facilitate the production of glutathione in your body?

What is glutathione? Glutathione is a tripeptide made up of three proteins: L-Cysteine, Glycine, and Glutamate. Glutathione is an essential antioxidant found in every cell in the body. It is found in sulfur-rich foods such as garlic, onions, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. One of the three amino acids, Cysteine, is found in foods rich in whey proteins, such as meat and dairy.

Why supplement with glutathione?

While Glutathione can be produced naturally in the body for its role as a powerful antioxidant, we are constantly exposed to harmful stressors and toxins from the environment. Supplementing with added Glutathione can ensure adequate availability for maintaining health and promoting longevity.

The Master Antioxidant

Glutathione acts as an antioxidant, a free radical scavenger and a detoxifying agent and is often referred to as “the master antioxidant”.

One of its primary roles is to recycle vitamin C. Vitamin C works to neutralize free radicals. The neutralization process involves the vitamin C molecule taking an electron from the free radical, which results in the vitamin C molecule being a free radical itself. Although it is benign and will not cause any harm, this vitamin C molecule will no longer function as an anti-oxidant unless it is recycled again by getting rid of the extra electron. The recycling process of Vitamin C is facilitated by glutathione which will take the extra electron thereby regenerating Vitamin C again to become an anti-oxidant. Massive doses of Vitamin C is unnecessary as long as there is sufficient glutathione to continue to recycle radicalized Vitamin C.

Hydrogen peroxide is produced from fats damaged by free radicals. Damaged fats easily react with minerals such as iron to produce hydroxyl radicals (OH-). The hydroxyl radical is thought to be the most dangerous and unstoppable free radical of all. Glutathione acts to gobble up these peroxides before they have a chance to create these harmful hydroxyl radicals. This the power of glutathione.

Glutathione also acts as a detoxifier especially in the liver, where the sulfur containing portion of the molecule combines and neutralizes many toxic substances like mercury, lead, bismuth, and cadmium. These toxins are then escorted to the kidneys for disposal in the urine. When there is an abundant amount of glutathione to neutralize all the toxins, the kidneys sometimes may not be able to clear fast enough resulting in a build-up of toxic waste in the bloodstream. The result is the typical detox reactions such as headaches, flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rashes until the toxic waste is eliminated from the body.

Toxic substances are not limited to heavy metals but also include pesticides, alcohol and drugs. The toxins damage the liver because they deplete the liver of its protective glutathione.

This is why sore throats, colds and other respiratory infections are typical for long distance runners and those who consume a heavy plant based diet. Anyone who engages in exercises of long duration must increase glutathione levels by consuming sulfur containing amino acids, commonly found in meat and eggs and by taking glutathione supplements which recycles your glutathione.

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