Friday, September 9, 2011

Glutathione-The Body's Lead Antioxidant

 Glutathione is an antioxidant, immune booster and detoxifier. Without it, your cells would disintegrate from unrestrained oxidation, your body would have little resistance to bacteria, viruses and cancer and your liver would literally shrivel up from eventual accumulation of toxins.

As the bodies main detoxifying agent  it converts damaging chemical substances (toxins) into harmless products that the body eliminates It is the primary antioxidant (Tri-peptide) produced by all the cells, especially the brain, liver, intestine and kidney."

* It regulates Nitric Oxide (dilates arteries) which is crucial for life.

* It directly detoxifies carcinogens, toxins, poisons, drugs, alcohol, and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic.

* It activates the Immune System and enhances the response of cytokines, lymphocytes, T cells and NK cells.

* It plays a fundamental role in DNA synthesis and repair.

Foods/Supplements that promote glutathione production:
Brussel sprouts
Brazil nuts
Un-denatured Whey Protein is the most plentiful source of glutathione boosting cysteine.
Fish oil
Alpha lipoic acid
B12,folate, B6(critical for producing glutathione and managing stress)
Milk Thistle

Why is intravenous glutathione better than oral glutathione?
Oral glutathione is not very stable; stomach acid and enzymes break it down  rendering it useless. Therefore  IV glutathione is used to ensure effective delivery of the nutrient directly through the bloodstream into the cells.
The elevated levels of toxins  in the blood stream  after a glutathione infusion can lead to a variety of unpleasant but temporary symptoms such as:
 flu-like symptoms, headache, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue or malaise and symptoms similar to the disease being treated.
 These symptoms can be minimized by slowing administration of the IVs to allow the body to acclimate.  Also, increasing water intake to “flush out the system” along with saunas especially infrared can be very helpful.  Increasing fiber in the diet can

There was a landmark study was done by the Department of Neurology, University of Sassari, Italy in 1996 on glutathione infusions. In this study all patients improved significantly after glutathione therapy with a 42% decline in disability.

Things that deplete glutathione:
Stress, inflammation, foods like MSG, aspartame, exposure to heavy metals, pesticides on food s(so buy organic), cooking in plastics and toxic chemicals in our homes(so go natural)

CLICK HERE to read more research on Glutathione and the brain.

Stay well and let's go with the flow!
Team Hubbard

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