When patients make the decision to clean up their diet and put more effort into establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, many of them find benefit in starting out with some type of guided cleanse or detox. Television and magazine ads provide no shortage of slick programs promising miraculous transformations in health and physique through following these strategies, which typically range anywhere from a week to a month in duration. No doubt, clever marketing and pretty packaging can convince people who are fatigued, overweight, and living with chronic pain, that the answer to their woes lies in subsisting on cabbage soup, green smoothies, or a diet made up entirely of raw foods.
Patients would come in with drops, tablets, pills all claiming miracle detoxification. The glitz and glamour these quick-fixes are wrapped up in obscure, the simple and perhaps even boring truth: the body “detoxes” itself constantly. Compounds that are produced by the body, itself, albeit with the aid of accessory nutrients, are the most effective things for internal housekeeping, and these cleansing processes take place all the time, with no need for drastic measures like drinking copious amounts of lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Through eating a whole-foods, nutrient-dense diet, patients can support their body’s primary antioxidant and detoxification powerhouse: glutathione
Glutathione does not appear out of nowhere. It is manufactured by the body and is considered the mother of all antioxidants. Until recently, the only way to supplement our own reserve of glutathione was through IV injections. The enzymes responsible for its synthesis and recycling require several vitamin and mineral cofactors. The short list includes magnesium, riboflavin and selenium. Magnesium is needed for the synthesis of glutathione, itself. Selenium is required for glutathione peroxidase (GPx), which converts potentially harmful hydrogen peroxide into water, leaving behind oxidized glutathione (GSSG). At least five variants of GPx are known to be selenoproteins: GPx1 (in the cytosol), GPx2 (specific to epithelial cells in the lungs and intestinal lining), GPx3 (thyroid and kidneys), GPx4 (phospholipid-hydroperoxide), and GPx6 (active in the olfactory epithelium). Moving along in the glutathione redox cycle, riboflavin, as part of flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), is used by glutathione reductase, which restores oxidized glutathione into reduced glutathione (GSH).
- GSH resides in the cell — There are approximately 50-72 trillion cells in the body
- GSH is the mother of all antioxidants
- It is considered the strongest antioxidant in the world because it is what your own body produces
- Glutathione is a tri-peptide meaning it has 3 amino acids
The name, glutathione, is indicative of the presence of at least two of its components: the amino acid glutamine, and the presence of sulfur (thio), in the form of the amino acid cysteine. Glycine is the third amino acid that makes up the glutathione tripeptide. Being that it is a tripeptide, it’s especially amusing that many of the popular quick-fix cleanse and detox programs marketed to uninformed consumers are low in protein. While plant foods do, of course, provide protein, vegetable-based proteins are typically not as bioavailable nor as complete as animal proteins. Programs that call for the elimination of animal foods, at least, temporarily, run the risk of not providing the body with enough of the amino acids it needs to support the synthesis of its own in-house detoxifying substances, of which glutathione is only one.
- It is 5000 times stronger than Vitamins C & E
- Vitamin C has 5 extra electrons to donate
- Vitamin E has 3 extra electrons to donate
- GSH has 1 million extra electrons to donate
Although glutathione is synthesized by the body, there are health situations that may benefit from supplementation. Specifically, these include conditions associated with rampant oxidative stress, in which the use of glutathione might outpace production, or which may be caused or exacerbated by reduced levels of this key antioxidant. For example, cytosolic glutathione levels are markedly reduced in the substantia nigra of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Damage to mitochondria is believed to underlie several other neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Increasing glutathione levels in the brain is being explored as a therapeutic adjunct for slowing or preventing Alzheimer’s and its precursor, mild cognitive impairment.
Supplemental glutathione is sometimes an appropriate choice for patients, but can be difficult to deliver to the body. Until recently, the only way to supplement our own reserve of glutathione was through IV injections. As a peptide, glutathione administered orally would be broken down during digestion. Providing precursor molecules, such as N-acetyl-cysteine, or glutathione in its reduced form or as S-acetyl-glutathione, in which the acetyl group protects the compound from being degraded in the GI tract, are ways to boost levels of this crucial compound.
- Raising cellular glutathione increase the release of toxins
- Toxins are most always attached to fat molecules such as bile
- GSH forces toxins to attach to fats (bile) which is then returned to the Liver
- How your body rids itself of toxins is directly related to NOT getting Cancer
- You can never downgrade inflammation without cellular detoxification
*If you check Pub-Med, as of 922/15 there are 321,156 studies done on Glutathione for most every disease complex
*Also on PubMed as of 9/22/15 there are 6,217 research articles on Glutathione’s affect on aging
Here is an excellent link from Huffington Poast on Glutathione–Mother of all Antioxidants
In my result driven practice, I use Glutathione supplements which absolutely, undoubtedly work as they should. Please contact me at [email protected] or call 619-231-1778