If anyone knows me – they know that I am a big supporter of glutathione.  Once known as only an anti-oxidant, in today’s world it recognized as doing a huge number of functions in the body.

In fact, there are over 95,000 pub med articles on a huge number of processes glutathione is involved in.  (Note: Vit C has over 42,000 and Vit D has over 49,000!!)

There is a reason it is called the Master Anti-oxidant, for instance:

  • 1) unlike other anti-oxidants, it works on all the different categories of free radicals
  • 2) unlike other anti-oxidants, it works in all locations (versus in the cell, or the cell membrane, or in the muscle, etc
  • 3) unlike other anti-oxidants, it restabilizes itself AFTER it has given away the electron to a free radical
  • 4) unlike other anti-oxidants, it restabilizes all the other anti-oxidants

So once your glutathione levels are up, you don’t need near the amount of other anti-oxidants in your system for a variety of reason.

But how to get glutathione up in the body?

  • 1) well you would have to take a ton of protein/whey shakes to get enough nutrient – so no go
  • 2) you can provide all the nutrients to the cell to make glutathione, but if the DNA tools are not turned on – no go
  • 3) you can turn on all the DNA tools, but if the nutrient is not there – no go
  • 4) glutathione taken in food or supplement form, breaks down in the hydrochloric acid of the stomach and you tend to loose all the cysteine – which is why NAC or N-acetyl-cysteine can help
  • 5) also even if it stayed whole – there are no transport mechanisms to get it into the cell – so no go again.

BUT NOW we have a new process…

  • 1) if we nanosize the glutathione
  • 2) if we encapsulate it in package that moves through the cellular membrane (and organelle membrane), then we can effectively get the glutathione into the cell and the cell’s organelles

AND we have done that…

AND the packaging/transport mechanism is actually a compound that both the cells need AND the brain needs….phosphotydalcholine…

Yahoo!!!

So now, let’s look at some of the other needs for glutathione:

Detoxification

  • –        Major component of Phase II in liver detox
  • –        Major component of all cellular detoxification

Inflammation

  • –        Major component of healthy inflammation resolution

Hormone regulation

  • –        Involved either directly or indirectly with all hormones in the body

Cellular Energy

  • –        Cellular energy is provided by the ATP; created by the mitochondria – GSH is the only known molecule that protects the mitochondria

Prostaglandin synthesis (vasodilation/constriction)

NO  (nitric oxide) regulation:  hormones, vasodilation, immune system,

DNA

  • –   Protects DNA from going sideways; involved in both or elimination of abnormal DNA
  • –   also required in protein synthesis

Cellular transport

  • –        Required for most amino acid transportation in the cells

Anti-aging

  • –        Involved , like other anti-oxidants in preventing telomere breakdown but also the only known molecule that can provoke telomere creation
  • there are 1000s of know anti-oxidants – and most marketers jump on the band wagon claiming that if there product has one iota of anti-oxidant – it does everything…well this is simply not the case

Calcium movement

  • –        Required for regulation of Ca movement (gating of cardio cell function)

Respiratory

  • –        40% required in RBC to both pick up/release both O2 & CO2

Immune System

  • –           Lymphocytes, ie., T cells, B cells,   macrophages, TNF, NK, etc,  all require   about 62% to both develop and function
  • –          glutathione is also required to establish the balances between different types of immune cells, ie., T1 & T2 – if either become dominant, then we have a huge set of problems

Considering how extensively, this molecule is utilized, you can only imagine how many diseases, disorders, dysfunctions are either a result of low glutathione or correlated with low glutathione.

Now let’s look at some of the variables that destroy glutathione?

  • – Age                 – Pollution               – Genetic abnormalities       – Stress                   – Overuse
  • – Infections       – Injuries                – Radiation                             –  Poor diet            – too much sun
  • – Lack of hydration                                         – Exercising past a sweat – Poor sleeping habits
  • – Pesticides and certain food additives      – Drugs (alcohol, tobacco, legal and illegal drugs)

Do you think you might need some glutathione?

Here’s to your health!  Do your research…find a good health practitioner.

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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