Ah, another free radical fighting antioxidant! Glutathione is an important antioxidant commonly found in animals, plants, fungi and several types of bacteria. This powerhouse antioxidant is the queen and king of all antioxidants.
With its amazing healing powers (studies have shown it to prevent several diseases 1), it’s hard to imagine why anyone falls ill at all. Well, while your body produces enough glutathione, conditions (some out of your control and some in) such as pollution, poor diet, aging, infections and more are all conditions that will deplete your glutathione levels.
But whatever the condition is, whether you can control it or not is irrelevant because we have ways for you to up your glutathione levels naturally and safely.
What Is Glutathione?
As mentioned, it’s an antioxidant. But what makes it the superhero antioxidant it is? Believe it or not, it’s the most important antioxidant for your immune system, but hardly anyone is talking about it.
Glutathione is the secret to preventing some of today’s scariest diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, autism, heart disease, and cancer. It is a crucial part of treating and preventing these diseases. Unfortunately, glutathione deficiencies are far too common.
In patients suffering from the aforementioned diseases, doctors found that they were often, if not always, suffering from a glutathione deficiency. This is no coincidence. After numerous medical publications coming to the same conclusion, it’s clear that a deficiency can be detrimental to everyone’s well-being.
The key to glutathione fighting off diseases is sulfur. Sulfur is a smelly and sticky molecule that bad stuff in the body sticks to. When the bad stuff sticks to the sulfur it isn’t given a chance to grow in the body. It’s nipped right in the bud. The problem comes when the body goes to recycle the glutathione.
When the glutathione is recycled it can’t be recycled when it’s too polluted. As the toxins sticking to the sulfur molecule multiply, it becomes harder for your body to reproduce glutathione; and once it becomes too difficult, your body will inevitably produce less and will result in a deficiency.
How do these deficiencies happen? The truth is we did it to ourselves. Sure, pollution isn’t something you have control over personally, but factories and cars and large cities all contribute to polluting our air. Our bodies, that are equipped with ancient DNA, are not able to handle these types of toxins.
But toxins aren’t the only thing; poor diets filled with processed foods that are stripped of any nutritional value also contribute to the diminishing of glutathione in the body. In a culture based on mass production and a speedy lifestyle, sometimes all we ever have time for are microwaveable pockets of food, or frozen “gourmet” meals.
We’re lucky that glutathione is produced naturally in our body. Where we’re not so lucky is in these bad habits we’ve begun to form. Glutathione can heal us and prevent diseases, yet we continue with our toxic ways.
Glutathione and Your Eyes
Don’t think glutathione’s magic powers stop at preventing cancer and dementia. It can also help prevent eye conditions: namely glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. All of these diseases can potentially cause vision loss in the long run.
In glaucoma patients, it has proven to improve aqueous fluid outflow in the eye. This will help maintain a balance and clearer vision.
In the lens of the eye there are extremely high amounts of glutathione, which is critical in keeping the lens transparent. As we age, the amount of glutathione declines and the lens becomes cloudy (and essentially forms a cataract).
As an antioxidant, glutathione attacks free radicals in the eye that often forms in those with diabetic retinopathy. This will reduce your risk of developing cell damage in the retina and loss of vision.
Another good friend of ours, alpha-lipoic acid, which is another antioxidant, is also rich in sulfur and a glutathione promoter. The more alpha-lipoic acid you have, you’ll have a better chance at avoiding a glutathione deficiency.
Are you starting to see why glutathione is the queen and king of antioxidants? No other molecule can hold a candle to glutathione. It is an essential part of our body, but our modern lifestyle is threatening our health whether we’re aware of it or not.
Where to Find Glutathione
The good news is that giving yourself a glutathione boost is quite easy. If you want to continue living a healthy life and prevent age-related and diabetes-related diseases, you should seriously consider some of these options. Remember to talk to your doctor before pursuing these methods. They aren’t dangerous, but it’s always good to get a second opinion!
One very easy way to boost your glutathione levels is to exercise. Regular cardio exercise is as great for the eyes as it is for the body. Studies have shown a lowered risk for certain eye conditions in those who exercised more. In this case, exercise promotes a healthy immune system and improves detoxification.
You don’t even need to exercise like an athlete or bodybuilder. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise (jogging, walking, aerobics) is a perfect way to get started. Lace up those running shoes and hit the streets!
You can also find glutathione supplements, which can be extremely useful for those with low glutathione levels. The supplements are quick doses of glutathione that will get to work immediately. This is good for people who are ill.
Whey protein is also a good way of getting your glutathione. Whey protein should most likely be had in a shake or mixed in with water or milk. The best time to have the protein is to have it after your workout. Your body is at its most absorbent within the 30 minutes preceding your workout. All the nutrients will be quickly picked up by your body.
Foods Containing Glutathione
Finally, there are several scrumptious foods that are high in glutathione. The trick here is to actually find foods that are high in sulfur. Through the sulfur, you’ll get your glutathione.
Here are some sulfur rich foods:
You can also find glutathione in our Ocu-Plus Formula. Glutathione is crucial for living a healthy life. Without it, we would all be suffering from various diseases. Keep your eyes healthy by adding glutathione to your diet and making sure your body is producing enough by staying active!