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My Youngest Son is Alive! Thanks to Glutathione!

Before I try to explain the basics of glutathione production, I want to tell you a very personal story. My youngest son, Matthew, is alive today because of a glutathione accelerator supplement called MaxGXL/MaxOne. He has been extremely ill for almost 3 years and his doctors tried all kinds of treatments and antibiotics, BUT nothing worked. He lost 40 lbs, his liver and kidneys were severely damaged, he was in severe pain throughout his body and in his joints, he could not absorb nutrients from food or liquids and we were scared to death for him. His doctors had him on special liquids and a 5000 calorie diet to try to get at least a 1000 calories in to his body. They could not come up with a diagnosis and finally removed all treatments and antibiotics. However, early in his treatments, I had sent his doctors documentation of glutathione accelerator supplementation. They agreed that it certainly couldn’t hurt him and may well be of help to him. To make a long story short, his doctors expected major decline (life-threatening major decline) when they next checked him out. To their great surprise, he had not declined. They sent word to me through my son that the only thing he was taking that could be sustaining his life was the glutathione accelerator supplement. Hooray for MaxGXL/MaxOne!!!

I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am that Matthew had the time so that the doctors could continue to look for a diagnosis and treatment that would help him.

What if you aren’t getting enough free radical protection, despite consuming all the high antioxidant foods and some of the best antioxidant supplements available? How could that be? Don`t ignore this vital nutrient for your health and your life. How it could be is that your glutathione levels are too low. This is a very common situation with all the oxidation stress our toxic environment provides, along with a little help from our own personal stress.

Oxidative stress represents an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) and the body’s ability to detoxify the reactive intermediates and repair the resulting damage. High levels of unmanaged oxidative stress accelerate aging and disease formation. Anti-oxidants are a primary defense against the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Glutathione is the major antioxidant that our cells produce. Higher levels of glutathione are associated with great health and anti-aging effects on the body.

A chain reaction occurs as atoms robbed of an electron become free radicals and continue the oxidation process, robbing electrons as needed from other sources. This changes the identity and function of those atoms as they combine in unnatural ways, leading to cellular and DNA damage. And eventually, of course many health issues and disease will occur freely.

Moreover, the air we breathe is loaded with toxins and heavy metals ( as well as in many of the foods we eat (, and any pharmaceuticals that may have been taken. These toxins create more free radicals while burdening our bodies with toxic material. Our immune system becomes damaged from psychological and physcial stress with our modern lifestyle and the chaos around us. It is quite astonishing that many of us are still able to walk and talk!

But we need as much protection from all this to stay out of hospitals in the meantime. So whatever can neutralize the free radical oxidation process while eliminating toxins is necessary. Enter antioxidants, including the most overlooked yet most important one of them all: glutathione, the key to maximum oxidation protection and detoxification while creating a strong immune system.

Glutathione Details

It is called the master antioxidant. It is an intracellular antioxidant essential for maximum antioxidant activity from all other antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10, and many others. It removes toxins from cells, and protects against radiation.

Unfortunately, buying anything that says it is glutathione is a waste of pill popping money. The body`s digestive system is very poor at taking glutathione into where it needs to go. Fortunately, there are other ways to accelerate the body`s glutathione, which are talked about in this Post.

It is the body`s intracellular function to produce glutathione in the liver from three amino acids, cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycene. Enough is needed to catalyze and maintain all the antioxidant`s you consume for your protection. It even acts as insurance to prevent antioxidants from becoming free radicals themselves, regenerating and recycling them. As you get older, your body`s ability to produce glutathione decreases.

Many now consider decreased glutathione production as the root cause of accelerated aging and ailments that are considered “normal” from aging, including Alzheimer`s, inflammatory conditions from allergy to arthritis, asthma, COPD, Parkinson`s Disease, and coronary and autoimmune diseases. DNA damage resulting from free radicals often leads to cancer. This is a very basic foundation that goes astray as we age. If one can enhance internal glutathione production, the empowered immune system will create a bedrock of good health regardless of age.

Glutathione in our bodies can become inactive when it is saturated from doing it`s work, but it tends to regenerate itself. Under ideal environmental conditions, 10% of the glutathione remains inactive, or oxidized, while the other 90% is active, or reduced, and continues to balance cell molecules and other antioxidants, as well as remove toxins. This is the function of normal metabolism`s waste removal of free radicals by glutathione. But the barrage of additional toxins from our environment is too much to maintain that 90/10 ratio.

As the active glutathione drops below 90% and allows the inactive to increase beyond 10%, the battle for optimum health becomes a losing battle. It becomes more and more difficult to remove toxins naturally. As they build up, the active glutathione decreases even more. When GSH falls below 70%, troubles begin to work on one`s health.

For long term protection, it`s necessary to introduce precursors that stimulate the cells to create their own GSH glutathione, as needed internally, via the liver.

So it`s important to feed the body GSH precursors. Of the three amino acids that generate GSH (active glutathione) in the liver, cysteine is considered the most vital link. It has been discovered that cysteine, balanced properly with glutamic acid and glycene, stimulates GSH production.

There are very few whey protein products that promote GSH production with cysteine. The processing of those whey products is delicate and precise; therefore, the products themselves can be costly, as high as $66 USD for a month`s supply. Usually they are in powder form. It is much easier and convenient to take a nutritional supplement, specifically a glutathione accelerator, to provide the body with the necessary precursors so that the body can produce its own glutathione within every cell.

In addition to the supplementation you wind up using, or in lieu of using a supplement, here are some foods that are beneficial toward the GSH, glutathione circulating process. It is important to consume organic foods as the toxins added to conventional foods minimize the GSH levels.

All meats are high in cysteine, but unless you can go truly organic, the hormones and toxins will virtually neutralize GSH.  Watermelon, walnuts, avocado, asparagus, broccoli, and tomato are good choices for glutathione enhancement, as are many dark green leafy vegetables. Ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, wheat germ and oat flakes round out this list. However, you would need to eat a lot of these foods in order for the body to product its own glutathione.

The research and discovery of glutathione`s importance, and the process to manufacture it within the body for proper circulation is relatively recent. Its awareness has straddled both alternative and mainstream medicine. GSH glutathione`s importance as an essential antioxidant is indisputable. The health ramifications for just this one single agent, internally promoted by proper precursors, are comprehensive and encompassing.

This Post explains the differences between externally administered glutathione and glutathione produced within the body’s cells, and how to increase that production.

External Glutathione

Glutathione production decreases with aging, but GSH is what you really need as you age. It could be considered nature’s dirty trick, but it’s probably due more to the increased oxidative stress from our increasingly toxic environment.

There are some who can afford injected or IV glutathione. But most of us simply can’t afford this method.Glutathione does have desired anti-aging properties.

The IV injections are very costly, and one must get weekly injections because it quickly dies off. Actually, this type of treatment may inhibit the body’s ability to create and circulate GSH. It’s like constantly refilling the gas tank when your car quits running.

Another external method is inhaling GSH through a nebulizer. This works well for victims of emphysema, COPD, and other lung disorders. However, it is not recommended for asthmatics.

And there are even prescription only suppositories that increase serum level glutathione. Emergency rooms use NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) to counteract toxic reactions from acetaminophen, found in many over the counter pain killers and prescription drugs. This pharmaceutical quickly produces a quick fix of glutathione, but it’s not recommended for regular use.

Once again, you will ultimately need to refill your gas tank!

Fixing the GSH Gas Tank Naturally

There are nutritional supplements called glutathione accelerators available, which simply have the necessary precursors in capsule form. It is a very convenient way to support the body’s structure and allow it to produce its own glutathione within your body’s cells. This is completely natural and allows the body to heal itself as it was meant to do.

Two food sources for GSH production are unadulterated, undenatured whey and colostrum. They are both 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. Personally, I would prefer that my body produce its own glutathione as it was designed to do.

The same for whey, which is converted to powders from milk solids. Disregard denatured or pasteurized whey that is sold as a protein source for body builders and athletes with claims of being unadulterated. They are denatured (pasteurized) and flavored, which contradicts unadulterated claims. Those wheys won’t do much for GSH production.

Other GSH Boosters

As mentioned previously in this Post, foods need to be raw and organic; dairy or meats should be from grass fed sources. Meat is not so great eaten raw. Raw eggs can be put into your blender with a protein mix. Organic walnuts, broccoli, asparagus, watermelon, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, turmeric, and ricotta cheese all contain or create the needed precursors for intracellular GSH creation. But it can take a lot of food in order to produce enough glutathione.

And now the liver herb milk thistle has been discovered to boost GSH. Glutathione is extremely important as an essential antioxidant, detoxifier, and immune system booster.

Connie Clark
Alternative Health Consultant

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