The Natural Way

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

I wasn't sure what to write about this week as we have a remembrance to acknowledge of a tragic event a year ago.

I'm not convinced life has improved by our collective response to last Sept. 11 but I do know many people who have made positive changes in their lives, which were prompted by that act of cowardice. Perhaps, the advertising slogan is right, "the best revenge is to live well." While I'm not a fan of revenge, sometimes it has to occur before healing can happen. So here is information on living well!

Reduced glutathione is an anti-aging, anti-toxin, anti-disease amino acid which is critical to health and composed of three amino acids, namely glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine. It is extremely important and naturally occurs 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 detox 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, obviously often without our knowing. Glutathione increases your ability to rid yourself of these.

Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli and 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 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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