Are you familiar with free radicals?
“Almost every chronic illness known to humankind has been linked in some measure to free-radical-induced tissue damage,” says Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, coauthor of The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing.
A quote like that makes understanding free radicals and how to defeat them a lot more interesting, doesn’t it?
Free radicals are molecules that have lost an electron in the outermost orbit, causing a negative charge and the pursuit of balance. As a free radical floats through space seeking balance or, for the purposes of this conversation, your body, it bumps against healthy cells to snag electrons. If the free radical is successful, the once-healthy cell becomes damaged and mutated. This often causes a chain reaction, forming more and more free radicals from healthy cells. Free radical damage is believed to be the primary cause of accelerated aging, cancer, diabetes, and coronary artery disease.
Free radicals can form as a result of environmental pollutants, such as chemical toxins, cigarette smoke, and car exhaust. Even mental stress and exercise can cause the formation of free radicals. Yes, you read that right—exercise can cause free radicals. Exercise causes elevated aerobic metabolism, which increases the production of free radicals. This where that well-known phrase comes into play, “Everything in moderation.”
However, there is hope for protection: antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that can defeat free radicals. These molecules can donate an electron and irradiate the situation—if enough antioxidant molecules are present. One of the body’s most vital defense mechanisms against free radical damage is the antioxidant molecule known as glutathione.
Glutathione as an Antioxidant
Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in the body. It regulates metabolic processes and is crucial for mitochondrial function and the health of every cell in your body.
Your body is exposed to an endless onslaught of toxins every day and while many types of antioxidants can be found in many of the foods you eat, glutathione delivers an unparalleled triple threat to battle toxins in your body. Adequate levels of glutathione neutralize free radicals, promote immune function, and detoxify the liver. While it seems like glutathione is the simple solution to the world’s healthcare woes, there is one rather substantial caveat—the trappings of modern life. Refined foods, daily stress, aging, and even medications can inhibit or eliminate the activity of this powerful antioxidant by as much as 50 percent. The result? The onslaught of disease and chronic health distress that affects millions of people globally.
As the role of glutathione as an antioxidant becomes better understood, experts are beginning to wonder if low levels may be a major contributing factor to many of the free radical-induced illnesses that affect many people in middle to late age, such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. One study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found this to be true. Subjects with low glutathione levels were 30 percent more likely to die of a heart attack than those with adequate levels.
Increasing Glutathione in the Body
Glutathione’s detoxifying powers can be primarily attributed to cysteine. Cysteine is a sulfur-rich amino acid, abundant in eggs, garlic, and whey protein. You can also up your body’s glutathione supply by consuming cyanohydroxybutene, a plant molecule found in broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Green tea, fish oil, and resveratrol are also substances that switch on glutathione production in the body.
Glutathione is also available through nutrient IV therapy. At the biostation™, proprietary IV therapies, like bFortified and bCharged, are available and include glutathione. Martin Bloom, M.D., medical director at the biostation, may also prescribe glutathione injections or oral supplements. However, oral absorption rates do not compare to the other forms of administration, but may be preferable to some patients. A well-rounded, tailored supplement regimen can offer added protection from free radical damage and help you maintain adequate glutathione levels.
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