What is glutathione?
Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body. It is a combination of three simple building blocks of protein or amino acids — cysteine, glycine and glutamine
Why does it matter to me?
It acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals.
Glutathione is said to be the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system.
Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants.
Normally glutathione is recycled in the body — except when the toxic load becomes too great.
For maximum health you need to keep your glutathione levels as high as possible especially as you age.
How do I keep my glutathione levels high?
Eat sulfur rich foods like garlic, onions, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
Mushrooms have been shown to be high in glutathione especially porcini, maitake and yellow oyster mushrooms - see link below
Eat foods rich in Folate (B9), vitamin B6 and B12 as these are critical to keep the body producing glutathione.
Eat foods rich in selenium as this mineral helps you to recycle glutathione and produce more.
Eat foods rich in vitamins C and E as these also work together to recycle glutathione.
A study of 10 subjects who regularly exposed themselves to cold water showed an increase in glutathione - regular cold showers may provide the same benefits, as they produce an 'adaptive antioxidant response' which leads to improved antioxidant protection.