The Natural Way

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Here is a little-known, anti-aging, anti-toxin, anti-disease amino acid that is critical to health. Pharmaceutical companies know about this one and are beginning the production of a prescribed drug called Oltipraz™ which would stimulate the production in your body of the same compounds which glutathione produces.

Glutathione is composed of three amino acids -- glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine. It is extremely important and occurs naturally in our bodies.

Like HGH, glutathione levels decrease as we age. There is a corresponding decline in our health and longevity as levels drop. Low glutathione levels have been linked to cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as aging in general.

In our animal friends, researchers at Louisiana State University showed a clear and definite linkage to the levels of glutathione and the drop in inflammation which goes hand in hand with the healing of inflammatory bowel disease.

This supplement is partly beneficial due to its ability to detoxify your body of harmful chemicals. Even though we try very hard not to, we all breathe and ingest small amounts of harmful toxins every day. While our bodies do a miraculous job of getting these nasties out of our systems, a toll is paid. This gets more critical as we age and/or when we are in poor health.

Many cancers are caused by environmental toxins which get into our drinking water or food supply without our knowing. Glutathione increases your ability to rid yourself of these.

Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, and especially brussels sprouts, are good sources, though you have to eat them regularly and have large servings. Garlic, scallions, onions and shallots all make the glutathione in the broccoli, and broccoli family, work better in your system. A supplement of 150 mg of true glutathione (GSH-reduced) seems prudent and workable if you need more than what your diet can provide. Whey protein powders may do the job as well. Eat well.

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