Here is a great post that I came across when I was researching different supplements for my Saturday blog. I am always interested in hearing about what may cause or lead to cancer and illness (since I’m still in shock that I have cancer) and then how to prevent it from starting in others or coming back in myself. I work very hard at trying to help my body heal and stay as healthy as I can so that I can keep breathing and living each day. Join me in eating healthy and living longer.
This is a repost by Jessica Ainscough
Did you know there is one common denominator when it comes to pretty much all chronically ill people? No, I’m not talking about being able to stay home and watch daytime TV, although that seems to be pretty standard also. For the purposes of this post, I’m talking about having a deficiency in a molecule called glutathione.
Glutathione has been called the “mother of all detoxifiers” by renowned wellness experts like Dr Oz, Dr Mark Hyman and Dr David Katz. It is extremely important as an essential antioxidant, detoxifier, and immune system booster.
It’s a bit of a catch 22 situation though. The more toxic your body is, the less glutathione it will produce. The less glutathione in your body, the more toxic it will become, setting you up for toxin-induced diseases like including cancer. People who smoke; are chronically exposed to toxins; suffer from inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis; or suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes, chronic fatigue, autism, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, or cancer typically have lower levels of glutathione.
What is glutathione?
Glutathione is a small protein that is produced naturally in your body. It is composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. Glutathione performs its disease-protecting task by escorting free radicals and toxins such as heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides from your body. The combination of detoxification and free radical protection results in glutathione being one of the most important anticancer and anti-aging agents in our cells. According to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! and Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, Glutathione also supports insulin function, stabilises blood sugar and helping to decrease sugar cravings.
How to boost glutathione naturally
Glutathione is usually recycled within the body, except when the toxic load becomes too high. Cue glutathione deficiency. When it comes to increasing your glutathione levels, again, Mother Nature knows best.
Glutathione boosting foods: Sulfur-containing foods like garlic, onion, Brazil nuts and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage. Also, bio-active unadulterated and undenatured whey and colostrum. These must be from bovine sources that are grass-fed and not hormone or antibiotic injected. Colostrum is raw milk from the mother cow’s first feeding of calves, which is converted into a powder. Stay away from denatured or pasteurized whey that is sold as a protein source for body builders and athletes with claims of being unadulterated. These won’t do anything to boost glutathione.
Exercise: Over exercising depletes glutathione, but regular exercise helps to increase it.
Glutathione boosting supplements: Taking glutathione supplements by mouth doesn’t raise glutathione levels because it’s destroyed by stomach acid. However, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum says our body can make glutathione if we take the amino acids L-cysteine in the form of N-acetylcysteine (250 to 600 mg a day), glutamine (500 to 1,000 mg a day), and glycine (500 to 1,000 mg a day). He says that vitamin C also increases glutathione levels.
The liver supporting herb milk thistle has also been discovered to greatly boost glutathione production.
Choosing healthy living over dying :)