Antioxidants are the understated heroes of our body that play an important role in its defence. They lower the oxidative stress that we experience by combating harmful free radicals and toxins. Glutathione is one such unsung hero!
It is produced in the liver cells naturally and is made of three amino acids – glutamine, glycine and cysteine. Glutathione supplements are also available in capsule and liquid forms. It can be taken topically, intravenously and even as an inhalant.
Although the body replenishes glutathione levels regularly, sometimes its ability to do so is impaired. This may happen due to a variety of reasons such as poor nutrition, chronic disease, infection, environmental toxins and constant stress. Glutathione levels are also known to be impacted with age.
It is crucial to maintain adequate levels of glutathione in the body. It is a primary component of several bodily processes, including tissue building and repair, helping enzyme function, and making DNA as well as the chemicals and proteins needed in the body generally and for the immune system.
Apart from this it also helps in the critical role of transporting mercury out of the brain and regenerating vitamins C and E.
In this week’s blog post we discuss glutathione’s numerous benefits to our health and wellbeing. And, we name the top foods that help boost its production in the body. Here we go.
Few people have been known to swear by its anti-aging properties, while others say that it can reduce cell damage in fatty liver, improve psoriasis, and even prevent cancer. Here are some of the benefits of the glutathione molecule:
1. Reduces oxidative stress.
2. Reduces cell damage in liver disease.
3. May improve psoriasis.
4. Improves insulin resistance.
5. Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
6. Increases mobility for people with peripheral artery disease.
7. Reduces ulcerative colitis damage.
8. May reduce respiratory disease symptoms.
9. Prevents cancer progression.
10. Used in treating autism spectrum disorders.
Glutathione contains sulphur molecules. This is why foods rich in sulphur have been known to boost its natural production in the body. These foods include:
• Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
• Allium rich vegetables such as garlic and onions.
• Nuts and seeds.
• Lean protein, such as fish and eggs.
Other foods, such as herbs, that help to naturally boost glutathione levels include:
• Milk thistle
Glutathione can also be negatively affected by insomnia. Getting sufficient rest and proper sleep on a regular basis can help increase levels.
Glutathione and Women’s Health
Researchers have found links between low levels of glutathione with some diseases and several medical conditions. The chances are even more pronounced for women and it has been known to impact the health of our reproductive organs, hormones and immune system.
While supplements are available, it is recommended to speak with a trusted Health Coach or healthcare professional before starting glutathione supplementation. This is important in order to determine the right dosage that will be safe and effective for you.
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