Turn on your own Natural Glutathione

... go from from struggling to flying ...
People who wish to detox gently; people who wish to increase their healing potential (folks with Aids / HIV, or people with inflammatory challenges such as arthritis, bowel inflammations, etc); people who wish to boost their metabolism; and people who wish to have more energy...  may all want to tweek their food choices so as to generate the most glutathione, naturally, without supplements or IVs.
Many of my clients who come ofr live blood analysis and nutritional advice, have no idea that their bodies were designed to make substances to combat inflammation in many ways. In the most naturally possible way - by eating - this can be done easily and still while enjoying splendid meals.
More specifically: glutathione, made naturally in our bodies, plays a major role in de-activating toxic substances, as your body “handcuffs” toxins to a glutathione “chaperone” to help lead them to the exits — usually via the kidneys and urine and sometimes via the liver and bowel movements.

Glutathione plays a major functional role in rebuilding: DNA synthesis and repair - protein, enzymes and prostaglandin synthesis, activation and transport).
Glutathione is a serious cellular antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds.
Glutathione supports the important work of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E.
Glutathione is an essential nutrient for optimal vision.
Glutathione is a vital co-factor in iron metabolism and many other known and probably unknown automatic chemical functions and reactions. * How to create the most of it from YOUR food choices and gourmet cooking: this is like having your cake and eating it!
Glutathione, a protein, is created from its constituents - or simply put, from a grouping of several amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid. Glutamic acid and glycine are readily available in most of our diets - almost unavoidable present - and we have sufficient of them if we eat an all-round varied diet.
Cysteine is a little harder to include for some of us. So the stable version of Cysteine found in our food is often called cystine and has both animal and plant sources. The animal sources are: meats (such as chicken, turkey, duck), eggs and dairy. Plant sources are: red peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprout, oats, wheat germ, sprouted lentils. Garlic and onions are important as they also supply us with sulfur and that is oh so important as none of these nutrients dance alone - they have many partners - a bit like square dancing - it takes all eight people and an announcer to doe-see-doe just right - without tripping over each other - also called co-factors co-operating with each other nicely - mainly vitamins, enzymes and minerals.

If you have had your tonsils removed then the sulfur containing foods are even more important to include in the promotion of glutathione as the tonsils are a place to store sulfur and some of us don’t have that storage capacity anymore.

* The other co-factor mineral of prime importance is selenium and that can be abundantly acquired through Brazil nuts. These are no longer bought at the super-stores but in all health food stores and very yummy! Few people have an allergy to these - I pass them around often. They can be ground-up into nut flour and easily incorporated or included in baking and making crusts such as for pies and in cookies.

* Some people prefer the supplement route when they are very challenged or deficient and then take the glutathione precursor supplement, N-acetyl-cystine which provides both sulfur and a precursor amino acid to kick-start glutathione production in our bodies. This precursor is called N-acetylcysteine, NAC for short, and is readily absorbed if it is a good quality. This has helped HIV/Aids patients boost their glutathione levels, esp when eating was difficult, for example. Also, if you need to be in fast forward to recouperate - a naturopathic IV infusion of glutathione with vitamin C can do the trick.

* But if you are not fighting for your life, are not dealing with emergency health issues, then why not tweak your food intake naturally in your favour, instead. Common types of brassica food sources are smart to include as they, too, have a synergistic effect: such as cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and some types of seeds such as sesame.

* So here is your pro-glutathione food shopping list: for non-vegetarians: meats (such as chicken, turkey, duck), eggs and dairy, red peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, oats, wheat germ, lentils, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, tahini, cabbages and cauliflower; for vegetarians: red peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, oats, wheat germ, Brazil nuts and lentils 

* Alpha lipoic acid, a wonder supplement for supporting livers and dampening inflammation, ALSO restores intracellular glutathione production. (See a wonderful article on ALA - alpha lipoid acid: http://www.pacificholistic.com/ALA

Merrie Bakker,

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