Glutothione is the master detoxifier and can be considered the mother of all antioxidants. It is vital to our immune system. Considering the importance of this molecule you've probably never even heard of it. However, Glutothione is the secret to preventing cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's/dementia and autism, as well as aging in general.
Your body produces its own Glutothione, however, a poor diet, natural environment toxins and unnatural environment toxins, medications in general, stress, age, trauma, infectious diseases and radiation all have an effect of deterioration your Glutothione. As your Glutothione becomes depleted, you become susceptible to damage from free radicals, oxidative stress, infectious diseases and cellular stress, which kills cells! Your liver has to work double time, which causes damage and allows toxins to go through the liver.
What Is Glutathione?
Glutathione is made of three simple building blocks of protein (amino acids): cysteine, glycine and glutamine. The human body produces it naturally and regularly. Glutathione gets its power from the sulfur chemical groups it contains. Sulfur can bond easily to many different things, so as Glutathione passes through the body it grabs free radicals and toxins like lead, Mercury and other nasty metals.
The human body produces a decent amount of glutathione and recycles it back into the body as it is used, however, when toxicity levels get too high, it puts a strain on the body and the toxins/free radicals start to damage the body because there isn't enough glutathione to absorb them.
Glutathione: Protection Against Illness and Chronic Illness
The importance of Glutathione is essentially that it recycles antioxidants. Free radicals get passed around from a vitamin C molecule, to a vitamin E molecule, then to a lipoic acid chain, where it then comes to a rest at the glutathione molecule where it neutralizes the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. At this point, the body reduces or regenerates another glutathione molecule to start the whole process over.
When we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or there are too many toxins or free radicals (think pollution), we begin to run into problems. If too much glutathione becomes depleted, our body becomes unable to protect itself from free radicals, infections, toxins, cancer or anything else in our body that shouldn't be there. As a result, we become further sick and and it leads us into downward spiral of long term illness... we need glutathione!
Glutathione is also crucial to the work of your immune system in fighting off infections and preventing cancers. According to studies, it has been shown that it can help in the treatment of Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) brought on by HIV .(i) Because of Glutathion's ability to bond itself with toxins, it plays a vital and integral role in the body's detoxification system.Once a toxin is 'stuck' to the glutathione molecule, it goes into the bile and is excreted in the stool.
Last but not least, glutathione assists us in reaching our highest levels of mental and physical functionality. Decreased muscle damage, faster recovery time, strength and endurance increases, metabolic shift from fat storing to muscle growth can all be attributed to raised levels of Glutathione.
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