Glutathione: the mighty antioxidant you may not know about

Glutathione slows aging, supports immune function, detoxifies the liver and cells, improves mental clarity, increases energy, reduces the effects of stress, alleviates muscle and joint discomfort and improves sleep quality.


But what is this miracle substance that Joe Martino, writing in ( refers to as “the mother of all antioxidants,” and how do we get it?

Glutathione is a simple molecule produced naturally in the body, a combination of three building blocks of protein or amino acids—cysteine, glycine and glutamine.

The major essential component of these building blocks is SULFUR. The sulfur chemical groups work to trap toxins and other bad things in the body and flush them out.

This function that the body once naturally performed efficiently was never more important than it is today in our environment of stress, toxic chemical pollution, pesticides and nutrient-deficient junk food.

Yes, the body produces the mighty antioxidant, glutathione. But it needs clean fuel to work with and make it operate.

Many people don’t eat enough of the sulfur ‘fuel’-containing foods that glutathione manufacturing requires.

Those foods include garlic, onions, red peppers, peas, tomatoes, turmeric, cinnamon, watermelon, avocados and all the cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, collards, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and watercress.

Some of those food sources of sulfur, such as watermelon, are no doubt surprising to many people. There’s no end to the amazing things our bodies can do, given the right tools to get the job done.

And too much of the Standard American Diet is NOT a good tool in healthy body operation!

Another important element in glutathione production is exercise. Lots of folks in a sedentary work world don’t do enough of that, either. So consume plenty of those sulfur-rich foods that ensure sufficient glutathione production.

Other nutrients that support glutathione production include selenium, vitamins B6 and B12, Alpha lipoic acid, the herb milkthistle, vitamins C and E and N-acetyl-cysteine (frequently used to treat Tylenol overdose!)

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