This ONE Antioxidant Keeps All Other Antioxidants Performing at Peak Levels …..

This ONE Antioxidant Keeps All Other Antioxidants Performing at Peak Levels …..

Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant and has even been called “the master antioxidant.” It is found inside every single cell in your body.    

Antioxidants are crucial in eliminating free radicals from your body. Free radicals are basically very reactive particles that bounce around damaging everything they touch. Most originate during the process of metabolism, but they can also arise from exposure to toxins, irradiation, and toxic metals.    

Because free radicals are so destructive, cells have a network of defenses designed to neutralize them. This antioxidant network is composed of vitamins, minerals and special chemicals called glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid.    

Glutathione is different from other antioxidants in that it is intracellular. It has the unique ability of maximizing the activity of all the other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and the fresh veggies and fruits you (hopefully) eat every day. It removes toxins from your cells and protects you from the damaging effects of radiation, chemicals, and environmental pollutants.    

How Glutathione Works

 The main function of glutathione is to protect your cells and mitochondria from oxidative and peroxidative damage. As you age, your body’s ability to produce glutathione decreases.   

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    

 Cancer    

 Mitochondrial dysfunction    

 Muscle weakness and fatigue    

Synthesis of glutathione depends upon adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the molecule that provides cellular energy. It follows that glutathione levels are linked to energy deficiency, or low ATP.    

This is a major reason why exercise is so beneficial for your overall health—among other things, it boosts your glutathione levels!    

If you can enhance internal glutathione production, you will strengthen your immune system in a way that will shield you from many of the adverse effects of aging.    

Do Glutathione Supplements Work?

 You might think that a miracle molecule such as glutathione might be a good thing to put into supplement form. As usual, science loses to nature when it comes to optimizing this health-promoting little gem.   

There is currently a great deal of hype about glutathione supplementation, highly popularized as a “miracle” means to boost health, prevent disease and fight aging.    

The problem is that your body is quite poor at getting glutathione from your digestive system into your blood. Most oral glutathione supplements have been shown to be poorly absorbed and a waste of your hard-earned money.    

Ironically, glutathione supplements may actually interfere with your body’s own glutathione production.    

The human body is programmed to self-produce its own antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione and SOD (superoxide dismutase, the first antioxidant mobilized by your cells for defense). And synthetic supplementation of these compounds actually signal your body to stop its own production – which leaves you dependent on synthetic substances (supplements or drugs).    

Fortunately, there are natural ways to boost your body’s glutathione reserves.    

Vitamins and supplements have their uses, but are always less desirable than nutrients in their natural form, obtained from the foods you eat. What has been proven beyond a doubt is that whole food based diets–rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and quality protein–promote health and longevity.    

What Foods Promote the Highest Glutathione Levels?

 Many whole foods contain significant amounts of glutathione or its precursors. Foods richest in sulfur-containing amino acids are usually the best sources of glutathione:   

 The overall top food for maximizing your 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. Dr. Mercola offers a great whey protein powder that I use. Check out Miracle Whey Protein.    

Raw milk products, raw eggs and meat: Glutathione occurs in the highest levels in fresh, uncooked meats and raw milk and is almost entirely absent in pasteurized dairy products.    

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide excellent glutathione, but once cooked, values become negligible. Spinach, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, squash, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, walnuts, garlic and tomatoes have the highest glutathione per serving.    

 The herb milk thistle is an excellent source of the antioxidant compound silymarin, which may help to prevent glutathione depletion in the liver. Glutathione is crucial in the liver for detoxification and can become depleted from acetaminophen (Tylenol), alcohol consumption, and general toxic overload.    

Curcumin may also be useful for increasing glutathione levels.    

Keeping your glutathione levels up is a matter of increasing factors that boost your glutathione and decreasing factors that lower it. The things that deplete your glutathione the fastest are chemicals, toxins and sugar.    

Remember, when it comes to mealtime, if you fail to plan you are planning to fail. When you are overcome by sudden hunger, you are at risk for grabbing junk food. By having a good quality protein powder in your pantry, you have an inexpensive, highly nutritious option, when you want a quick pick-me-up or you simply don’t have time to prepare a meal.    

Edited article by Dr. Mercola    

Here are a few protein shake recipes to try … 

Creamsicle  

1 scoop Vanilla protein powder  

 1 cup mandarin oranges (no syrup) 

 1 tbsp Psyllium husks or 1 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed meal  

1 cup water and ice to desired thickness  
 Choco-Nut  
1 scoop Vanilla protein powder  

1 tbsp almond butter 

1 tbsp Psyllium husks or 1 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed meal  

1 cup water and ice to desired thickness  
 Chocolate Covered Cherry  
1 scoop Vanilla protein powder 1 cup frozen cherries  

 1 tbsp Psyllium husks or 1 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed meal 

  1tbsp cocoa powder  

 1 cup water and ice to desired thickness  
 Looking for more ways to incorporate healthy antioxidants into your meals, I can help. Contact me at wendy@fitfoodcoach.com  
     

  
  

 

   

   
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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