The Setup Man (Precursors) and the Main Attraction (Glutathione)

This is a substance that many people have never heard of and it is one of the most important in your body. You can greatly help your overall health by making sure you are not deficient in glutathione.

Healthy boy diving and catching a vollyballThe fabulous nutrient: What makes glutathione so great is that it is found in every cell in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents cellular damage. While certain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals also act as antioxidants, glutathione is different because it is intracellular and produced inherently within a well-nourished and healthy body. Glutathione is necessary to help other antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, selenium and carotenoids to be properly utilized within the body. It also can help with other things such as energy utilization, immune system activity, detoxification, and disease prevention.

Antioxidants are critical in getting rid of free radicals. Free radicals are very reactive particles that bounce all around the cell damaging everything they touch. Most originate during the process of metabolism but they can also arise from exposure to toxins, irradiation, and toxic metals. Because free radicals are so destructive, cells have a network of defenses designed to neutralize them. This antioxidant network is composed of numerous components that include vitamins, minerals, and special chemicals. The main function of glutathione is to protect your cells and mitochondria from oxidative and peroxidative damage. As you age, your body’s ability to produce glutathione decreases.

The forerunners needed: There are certain precursors to glutathione. A precursor is something that comes before something else and that often leads to or influences its development. A good way to illustrate this is to think of pizza. You first have to have pizza dough (mine is homemade) then I add my homemade sauce and then handpicked quality ingredients. The main attraction is the pizza and the setup man (precursor) is the dough. Glutathione is a molecule made up of three protein building blocks or amino acids cysteine, glutamine and glycine.

Of these three the level of cysteine in your system is the limiting factor in how fast you can produce glutathione and how much of it you can make. When cells have cysteine they are able to manufacture glutathione. Low levels of this amino acid may reduce your ability to prevent free radical damage and may result in impaired function of the immune system.

Pizza dough and fresh baked pizzaThe food that is necessary: It is good to get food that will provide glutathione and its precursors. Consume sulfur-rich foods. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.). Try bio-active whey protein. This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis. Cysteine is present in all high-protein foods: all meats and poultry, dairy and eggs.

The fact of supplemental nutrition: Your body is quite poor at getting glutathione from your digestive system into your blood. This fact makes most supplements ineffective in boosting glutathione levels. There are only two forms of glutathione I suggest. The first is in suppository form that melts in 20 to 30 minutes and goes right into the bloodstream. This is the best way to get it in a supplement. The other supplement I suggest for this is a phospholipid pump spray delivery system.

Make sure your glutathione level is not low. Eat the right foods and consider a helpful supplement for it. Exercise can also help raise your glutathione levels. Your health is important so take charge and move forward.

By Kurt LaCapruccia, DR Vitamin Solutions