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Glutathione (GSH) - Your Whey to Health

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What is Glutathione?

Glutathione (GSH) is your body A.I.D. (A- antioxidant, I- immune system, D- detoxifier). It is a small protein molecule formed from the amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid.

Glutathione is manufactured inside your cells. Your cell's ability to make glutathione is determined by the supply of raw materials (or glutathione precursors), in particular of the amino acid cysteine.

Glutathione, the Master Antioxidant

But more importantly, glutathione is your body's master antioxidant and one of the most important healing agents. The highest concentration of glutathione is found in the liver which is the principal organ involved in the detoxification and elimination of toxic materials.

Interestingly, glutathione also acts to reconstitute the antioxidant vitamins C and E after they have been oxidized, and therefore plays a determinant role in their function.

Glutathione, the "Superfood"

Glutathione is one of the 14 "Superfoods" listed in SuperFoods Rx : Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, co-authored by Dr Steven Pratt, an authority on food and ageing.

The list is based on an exhaustive study of the scientific research behind the world's best daily diets, and includes the 14 nutrients that show up consistently in the most health-promoting, disease-preventing, anti-aging diets in the world.

Glutathione, the Life Extension Molecule

Low glutathione levels are found in immune compromised individuals, neuro-degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimers, and Parkinson's disease, atherosclerosis, male infertility, pregnancy complications, cataracts, damage from many pharmaceutical drugs, cancer and poor survival rates for patients with AIDS.

High levels of glutathione appear to protect against the dangers of cancer, heart disease, premature aging, autoimmune diseases, and chronic illnesses.

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What the Experts are saying about Glutathione

"Glutathione is a substance, the levels of which in our cells are predictive of how long we will live. There are very few other factors which are as predictive of our life expectancy as is our level of cellular glutathione. Glutathione has been called the "master antioxidant", and regulates the actions of lesser antioxidants such as vitamin C, and vitamin E within the body. "We literally cannot survive without this antioxidant." Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D, in What You Should Know about the Super Antioxidant Miracle

Breakthrough In Cell-Defense By Dr. Allan C. Somersall, Ph.D., M.D. with Dr. Gustavo Bounous, M.D."Without glutathione, other important antioxidants such as vitamins C and E cannot do their job adequately to protect your body against disease."Allan Somersall, Ph.D., M.D., and Gustavo Bounous, M.D. FRCS(C) in Breakthrough in Cell Defense

"No other antioxidant is as important to overall health as glutathione. It is the regulator and regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent in the human body. Low levels are associated with hepatic dysfunction, immune dysfunction, cardiac disease, premature aging, and death." Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe & Patrick J.D. Bouic, Ph.D.in The Immune System Cure

"If there is one survival tool every HIV(+) person should consider it is taking dietary supplements that increase glutathione production." - Michael Mooney, Author of Built to Survive: A Comprehensive Guide to the Medical Use of Anabolic Steroids, Nutrition and Exercise for HIV (+) men and women

"Raising glutathione levels is a good thing, no matter how you do it. There are several theories about how to do this and all are slightly different. Some believe that NAC will do it, it certainly has the right chemical structure. Others think that only bioavailable glutathione is the way to go.... However you elevate your glutathione levels, it is a good thing to do!" - Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D. in a response to a patient query at a forum on TheBody.com, an AIDS and HIV Information Resource.

One reason why it is so important to maintain high levels of glutathione is that it is crucial for the detoxification of carcinogens. Packer states that most people do not inherit "cancer genes"; rather, they have a genetic weakness in their detoxification system. Glutathione is an extremely important part of the detoxification system, and thus of our defenses against cancer. Interestingly, whey protein has also been found to raise glutathione levels. Glutathione may also be one of the most important keys to longevity. Centenarians have been found to have higher levels of glutathione than would be expected for their age. Boosting one's glutathione levels ...should be one of the first items on anyone's anti-aging agenda. - Ivy Greenwell in The Antioxidant Network, A brief review of "The Antioxidant Miracle," by Lester Packer, PhD and Carol Colman

"As Dr. Lombard points out in his book, "The Brain Wellness Plan"...the brain’s high fat content renders it especially vulnerable to free radicals, so that the body has defined specific ways to protect brain cell fatty acids through special antioxidants.... Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body. Depressed glutathione levels are associated with the increased generation of free radicals found in Parkinson’s patients, for example, and contributes to further brain cell death. Oral glutathione does not seem to be effective, but supplementing with n-acetyl-cysteine NAC, along with selenium and lipoic acid ..... stimulates the body’s cells to increase natural glutathione production." Excerpts from the Willner Window Radio Show: Program aired on 5-3-98

A deficiency of glutathione can cause hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells, leading to anemia) and oxidative stress. Glutathione is essential in intermediary metabolism as a donor of sulfhydryl groups which are essential for the detoxification of acetaminophen. [PDR Medical Dictionary. Spraycar. 1999] Selenium is a structural component of, and a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase.

"(Glutathione peroxidases) break down hydrogen peroxide and any peroxides which form on fats and oils within the body. The selenium contained in the enzymes acts as the reactive centre, carrying reactive electrons from the peroxide to the glutathione. It is the glutathione that is the antioxidant in the reaction, not the selenium as many health food companies would lead us to believe. Selenium by itself is a potent oxidant which can be very toxic if to much is taken." - Dr Steven Gieseg in Reducing Free Radicals - A Dietary Revolution, New Zealand Science Monthy, (1999) July, 6-8.


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