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Nutritional Eating to Produce Glutathione

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Glutathione is produced naturally in your body and is needed for its antioxidant and detoxifying value to boost immune functioning and decrease inflammation in the body. Boosting glutathione is important, but what do you need to eat and can you eat enough of it to boost your glutathione?


What should you eat to produce glutathione in your body?

What is glutathione? Glutathione is a tipetide made up of three proteins--  glutamate, L-cysteine, and  glycine.  Glutathione is in every cell of your body.  Glutathione is the guardian of your cells from the moment you took your first breadth and until you take your last breadth.  Without sufficient glutathione you die.  The production of glutathione is a critical factor for your cells to be alive and for you to be alive.

Can’t I just eat the right foods to produce my own glutathione?

This would certainly be possible if you lived in an environment where you had minimal stress, not subject to toxins, pesticides,  had great sleeping habits, didn’t eat junk foods, minimal radiation and so on your body needs less glutathione.

So you need to take a look at your life and answer that question honestly.  However, what your eating preferences are may contribute or may not contribute to the natural production of glutathione.

Protein Power Life Plan, is a book, by two physicians.  On  page 123 they talk about glutathione.  This was written several years before the Max GXL product was formulated.

“We can’t take it so we got to make it,” referring to the fact that we can not take glutathione as a supplement because the stomach acid breaks it apart and it never gets into the blood stream much less into the cells themselves where it is needed. 

“ Although plants contain a generous quantity of antioxidants and antioxidant like substances, the most abundant antioxidant we have in our body we make ourselves and it’s called glutathione and we make it from three amino acids, one which is cysteine (a sulfur containing amino acid).”

Where is cysteine found? It is primarily found in a meat based diet—not in foods of plant origin(except as noted below)--which explains why vegetarians and or vegans often have a suppressed immune system

“Glutathione is a muti-functional antioxidant and a whole lot more.  One of its main antioxidant functions is to recycle vitamin C.”

The job of an antioxidant like Vitamin C is to neutralize free radicals and this is done by the antioxidant taking an electron from the free radical.  The result is that the antioxidant then becomes a free radical itself since it has an extra electron. However, this is a benign free radical and not capable of doing harm but no longer a functioning antioxidant.

To become an antioxidant again, vitamin C must get rid of the extra electron and it does that by passing it along to glutathione. If there’s insufficient glutathione, vitamin C cannot be utilized further and is dormant and useless.

When glutathione takes this electron from the benign vitamin C, vitamin C is regenerated back to being an antioxidant.  As long as we have plenty of glutathione, we do not have to take massive doses of vitamin C as the glutathione continues to recycle the vitamin C which we get normally from fruits and vegetables.

“Glutathione also gets rid of hydrogen peroxide.”

From where does hydrogen peroxide come?   Answer:  It’s normal for free radicals to damage fats. The damaged fats easily react with a mineral such as iron to produce (OH-) , “the hydroxyl radical, the most dangerous and unstoppable free radical of all. Glutathione gobbles up these peroxides before they have a chance to create the hydroxyl radical.” That’s the power of glutathione.

Glutathione is also a detoxifier—especially in the liver where the sulfur containing portion of glutathione combines with many toxic substances like mercury, lead, bismuth, cadmium and so on to neutralize them. They are then escorted to the kidneys for disposal in the urine. With an increase in glutathione and a  lot of toxins with which to deal sometimes the kidneys can’t get rid of the toxic waste fast enough resulting in a build-up of toxic waste in the bloodstream.  The result is the typical detox reactions of headache, flu like symptoms, nausea, skin rashes and so on until the toxic waste is eliminated from the body.

Toxicity is no limited to heavy metals but also extends to pesticides and even drugs—both illicit such as marijuana, coke, and so on but also legal drugs such as alcohol and acetaminophen (the common pain killer found in Tylenol). They can all damage the liver because “these substances deplete the liver of its protective glutathione allowing a build of liver poisoning toxins. “

Would you believe that strenuous exercise also drains the body of glutathione?   This makes sense when you realize that certain exercises  increase the metabolic rate; and when this happens  free radicals are the result--the more vigorous the exercise, the higher the level of free radicals that are being produced. Proportionally the levels of glutathione are depleted. 

No wonder that colds, sore throats and other respiratory infections are typical  for long distance runners. And this is magnified by those who “avoid a meat based diet in the mistaken notion that a vegetarian diet is more helpful  for them.”

Nutritionally anyone who engages in exercises of long duration must increase glutathione levels by consuming sulfur containing amino acids as found in meats and eggs; and by taking alpha lipoic acid which recycle your glutathione.

One food that’s also high in cysteine is asparagus which for some people (about half the population) produces a strange odor in the urine within minutes of consumption. 

Selenium is also necessary. It is found in meats, sea food, broccoli, onions and so on.

In summary, diet wise (contrary to what most would think that you need veggies) to produce glutathione eat meats, sea food, asparagus, broccoli, and eggs. Egg yolks are high in sulfur, however  don’t scramble them as scrambling causes oxidation of the sulfur in the egg yolk before you eat it. 

Other means of boosting glutathione:

1. intravenous glutathione but it’s a large molecule and it’s difficult for it to traverse the cellular membrane to get into the cell where it is needed.

2. Whey protein has cysteine but you have to take a lot which brings many calories.

3. Within the last four years a new product has been discovered--a double blind clinical study placebo controlled crossover study demonstrates that it boost gluathione production in the cells by 276% over a two week period of time.

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