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Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants
Posted By Mark Hyman, M.D. On May 3, 2010 @ 6:39 pm In Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
It’s the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease, yet you’ve probably never heard of it. It’s the secret to preventing aging, cancer , heart disease , dementia  and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism  to Alzheimer’s disease . There are more than 89,000 medical articles about it — but your doctor doesn’t know how to address the epidemic deficiency of this critical life-giving molecule.
What is it? I’m talking about the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system: GLUTATHIONE  (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”).
The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that poor diet , pollution , toxins , medications, stress , trauma, aging , infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione. This leaves you susceptible to unrestrained cell disintegration from oxidative stress , free radicals, infections and cancer. And, your liver gets overloaded and damaged, making it unable to do its job of detoxification.
In treating chronically ill patients with Functional Medicine  for more than 10 years, I have discovered that glutathione deficiency is found in nearly all very ill patients. These include people with chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease , cancer , chronic infections, autoimmune disease , diabetes , autism , Alzheimer’s disease , Parkinson’s disease, arthritis , asthma , kidney problems, liver disease and more.
At first, I thought that this was just a coincidental finding, but over the years I have come to realize that our ability to produce and maintain a high level of glutathione is critical to recovery from nearly all chronic illness, and to preventing disease and maintaining optimal health and performance.
So, in today’s blog I want to give you nine tips that will help you optimize your glutathione levels, improve your detoxification system and help protect yourself from chronic illness.
These nine tips will help you improve your glutathione levels and health, optimize your performance and live a long, healthy life .
Eat foods that support glutathione production
Exercise your way to more glutathione
Take glutathione supporting supplements
One would think it would be easy just to take glutathione as a pill, but the body digests protein. So, you wouldn’t get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients, and you CAN take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione. Besides taking a multivitamin and fish oil, supporting my glutathione levels with these supplements is the most important thing I do every day for my personal health.
So, use these nine tips and see how they work to help you optimize your glutathione levels. When you do, you will take one more step to lifelong vibrant health .
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
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 Functional Medicine: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/functional-medicine
 autoimmune disease: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/autoimmune-disease
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