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THE ONE NUTRIENT EVERYONE NEEDS

June 7, 2014

“Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant anddetoxifying agent, and it’s also something of a well-kept secret,” says Dr. Frank Lipman, Integrative and Functional Medicine Physician and founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. “Outside the wellness community, few people have even heard of it, but it’s now time to lift the curtain on this life-saving molecule that delivers incredible benefits, and even helps slow the aging process.” Here’s why: “it’s essential to eliminating toxins from your body, keeping disease at bay, maintaining youth and sustaining wellness,” he says.

And although glutathione has long been on the supplement shelf alongside go-tos such as vitamin C, D and fish oil, “oral forms weren’t very successful because they were poorly absorbed—the stomach would diligently break down about 90 percent of it, preventing most of the glutathione from getting to where it needed to go,” says Lipman. And so those in the glutathione-know looked to IV versions to get the nutrient and absorb it properly. Recently, experts discovered how to put it in proper supplement form. “Now, however, an easily absorbed version, known as acetyl glutathione, has been developed, and at last, the benefits of glutathione can be enjoyed conveniently in pill form, without the IV drip,” explains Lipman.

But back to what glutathione is: “Comprised of three amino acids, glutathione is the single most powerful antioxidant your body produces and recycles,” says Dr. Lipman. “It’s made in the liver, the organ most responsible for detoxifying your body, so optimal liver function is absolutely essential—if your liver isn’t functioning well, glutathione production suffers, toxins overwhelm it and illness, both short term and long, are not far behind.”

Dr. Lipman points out these three key benefits of having a stellar glutathione level:

—Protects your DNA from damage and maintains optimal immunity. As well as fighting free radicals, it tamps down inflammation and helps fend off heart disease, cancer, neurological decline, dementia and many more of the debilitating diseases we fear most.

—Neutralizes and clears heavy metals and toxins from the body.

—Keeps your mitochondria pumping out energy.

And on the flip side, subpar glutathione levels have been linked to “every major aging process in the human body, so by fighting back with glutathione, you can help keep you energy levels higher, for longer,” he explains. “The not-so-great news is that the odds of having optimal glutathione levels much past the age of 20 are pretty slim—with aging, your body is fighting a bit of a losing battle, with natural production dropping by roughly 10 percent per decade,” says Dr. Lipman, adding that by the time you hit 60, you’re working with a bit over half the amount you made during your college years.

What that translates to health wise: “For many people, that translates to flagging energy, lowered immunity and a host of low-grade ills,” he says. “By boosting one’s glutathione levels, many people can slow the losses of the aging process and possibly stop some major health problems from setting up camp in your body.” Besides popping a glutathione supplement daily (“Just make sure you’re getting acetyl glutathione to ensure bioavailability,” says Dr. Lipman.) such as Dr. Lipman’s Be Well By Dr. Frank Lipman S-Acetyl Glutathione, $56 (for 60),bewellbydrfranklipman.com, he suggests regular exercise. “It triggers glutathione production but start slow and build up over time,” he explains. “An overly aggressive exercise program right out of the gate can do more harm than good and inadvertently facilitate the production of those health-harming free radicals.” Also, relax. “Unmanaged, chronic stress depletes glutathione,” he says.

And add these glutathione-boosting foods to your daily meals: garlic and onions, as well as asparagus, avocados, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, parsley and watercress. 

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/health-benefits-of-glutathione

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