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Episode 11 - Glutathione - How to get it and Why you want it
What is the single most important molecule you need to stay healthy? A molecule that has the ability to help with anti-aging, converting toxins into waste, is harmless, and even has the power to deactivate cancer-causing chemicals that can build up in the liver (Young, Lawrence, & Schreuder, 2006, p. 91). It is called glutathione!
Well I started this podcast out with a mouthful. Glutathione is not something that I have really studied in my natural health journey until just recently and the more I study, the more fascinated I become.
Before we dive in though, grab your frankincense essential oil. Drop a couple drops on the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, cup your hands over your mouth and nose, and breathe deeply. Take three long, slow deep breaths. Studies have shown that frankincense can improve learning and memory by increasing the number of dendritic segments and branches in the neuron cells of a section of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus section of the brain is involved with learning and memory (Strasheim, 2019). Using frankincense before or during listening to these podcasts may help you retain the information. If you do not have frankincense, use peppermint essential oil.
Let’s talk about free radicals before we begin on how important glutathione is for your body. Free radicals are all of the molecules in your body that have been damaged somehow. Whenever we come into contact with environmental toxins such as bad food; pollution; or synthetic chemicals in our cleaning supplies, personal care products, or other sources, molecules in our body become damaged. These damaged molecules are called free radicals. As our body builds up more free radicals, diseases and other health issues can sink in. Just a side note, processed food might not hurt you right now, but enough of it building up in your body will hurt you in the long run. Free radical damage can cause auto-immune diseases, cancer, and even heart attacks (Isaacs, 2019).
So how do we rid our body of these nasty free radicals? First off, we want to avoid as many toxins as possible. Like I said earlier, toxins in processed food, microwaves, pollution, and synthetic chemicals in our personal care products can all cause free radical damage in our body.
Glutathione, the Building Block of our Immune System
Obviously, we cannot avoid all toxins in our environment, so we need to take care of our bodies from the inside out. Glutathione is produced naturally in the body. The problem is that in our world today, we have too many unavoidable toxins that harm our cells, increasing our need for more glutathione. Glutathione is a building block for the immune system. It helps the immune system do what it is supposed to do, which is fight diseases (Isaacs, 2019).
Paul Fassa, a natural health author wrote,
Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. After this happens, the body can “reduce” or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule and we are back in business. (Isaacs, 2019)
Natural doctor Mark Hyman states that glutathione is the “mother of all antioxidants” (Isaacs, 2019). It can help reduce inflammation and oxidative damage, promote cardiovascular health, slow cancer progression, slow the aging process, improve immune function, prevent neurodegenerative conditions, minimize cell damage from liver disease, and improve insulin resistance. Studies have shown glutathione levels to be helpful when dealing with Parkinson's disease, hypertension, and oxidative stress (Eske, 2019).
Damage and Why Sulfur is Important
Antioxidants are important for many reasons. Heavy metals can build up in our bodies which can lead to more free radical damage. Oftentimes, the body is unable to detox these heavy metals without support. Sulfur helps to eliminate heavy metals including mercury, in our bodies. If you have a tooth with a mercury filling, you have heavy metals in your body. Oftentimes, people with autoimmune diseases have heavy metals. In my case, I suffered from graves’ disease just five months after having nine mercury fillings. I had no idea the ramifications of this decision for my overall health later on. Increasing sulfur in your body can raise your glutathione levels as well. Sulfur contributes to the synthesis of glutathione. We can detox heavy metals and other synthetics properly with adequate amounts of glutathione (Eske, 2019).
After learning this, we now know that raising our sulfur and glutathione levels is important. There are many ways to do this naturally through food, but supplementation is extremely important in our toxic world.
Sulfur Rich Foods
Eating sulfur rich foods is wonderful for your body which include meat, eggs, fish, rice, and vegetables cooked in grass fed butter. The quality of our food is incredibly important. We want to eat organic whenever possible because if we are consuming foods that have been sprayed with synthetic chemicals, we are increasing oxidative stress in our body while increasing our glutathione levels, making the good of the vegetable counteracted by the chemicals it contains (Eske, 2019).
Increasing your vitamin C levels is also another natural way to increase your glutathione levels. One study looked at adults taking just 500-1,000 mg of vitamin C daily. Their glutathione levels were checked every day for 18 days. Their levels showed an 18% increase in glutathione in white blood cells and an increase of 47% in red blood cells (Berkheiser, 2018). My tenth podcast episode is specifically about vitamin C. I go into detail about vitamin C and why everyone should be supplementing. I also talk about vitamin C supplements I have found to contain the best, highest quality ingredients. The episode is called Vitamin C - Why everyone should be Supplementing and can be found on my website blog.
Selenium helps your body increase your glutathione levels. Selenium rich foods include beef, chicken, organ meats, cottage cheese, brazil nuts, and brown rice. Supplementation of selenium can be important to ensure your body has adequate amounts of selenium (Berkheiser, 2018).
Glutathione Rich Foods
There are several foods that are naturally rich in glutathione which can help decrease oxidative stress. Avocados, spinach, okra, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, garlic, chives, tomatoes, cucumbers, walnuts, almonds, and brussel sprouts are all great for increasing glutathione levels (Popa, n.d.).
Combine Vitamin D and Glutathione
Increasing your vitamin D levels is another important factor in your glutathione level. Glutathione and vitamin D3 work synergistically together. When one is low, the other does not work as efficiently. In fact, one study found that taking just a vitamin D supplement is not helpful because the D is incredibly dependent on the glutathione to be successful working in our body (Popa, n.d.).
Ingesting citrus essential oils labeled safe for consumption, eating fresh berries or fruit extracts, and the NingXia, China wolfberry may be absolutely amazing for raising your glutathione levels. One study found an increase of 20% and 30% in glutathione levels in the brain after consuming fruit extracts (Young et al., 2006, p. 211; Raybern, Johnson, Hopkins, & Hopkins, 2016, p. 399).
Exercise is another important way you can help increase your glutathione levels. A 2014 study compared adults who led physically active lives and adults who were sedentary, and found those participating in regular exercise had higher levels of glutathione (Eske, 2019).
Antioxidant worth Having
Glutathione is clearly a necessary antioxidant. We need to make sure we are supplementing our vitamin D, glutathione, and vitamin C in order for these nutrients to work together. Ridding our bodies of toxins is so important because our world is toxic and our bodies are constantly bombarded with toxins. Our positive affirmation for the week is, “I love eating healthy food and it helps my body perform at optimal levels.” Jeremiah 30:17 says, “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…”
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Wolfberry Drink (NingXia Red)
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Berkheiser, K. (2018, April 25). 10 natural ways to increase your glutathione levels. Retrieved from Healthline website: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-increase-glutathione#section2
Eske, J. (2019, August 30). 4 natural ways to increase glutathione. Retrieved from Medical News Today website: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326196
Isaacs, T. (2019, February 25). What is glutathione and why do you need it? Retrieved from The Truth about Cancer website: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/what-is-glutathione/
Popa, B. (n.d.). Glutathione: The "master" antioxidant. Retrieved from Core Med Science website: https://coremedscience.com/blogs/wellness/glutathione-the-master-antioxidant-1#:~:text=There%20are%20a%20handful%20of,nutrient%2C%20including%20storage%20and%20cooking.
Raybern, D., Johnson, S., Hopkins, L., & Hopkins, K. (2016). Nutrition 101: Choose life! (3rd ed.). Growing Healthy Homes LLC.
Strasheim, C. (2019, September 11). Frankincense: Food for a happy brain and neurological system. Retrieved from ProHealth website: https://www.prohealth.com/library/frankincense-food-for-a-happy-brain-and-neurological-system-42759
Young, G., Lawrence , R., & Schreuder, M. (2006). The ningxia wolfberry: The ultimate superfood (2nd ed.). Life Sciences Publishing.