Before we get to this amazing antioxidant, it’s important to understand the role the compounds they neutralize – free radicals – play in your immune system.
Free radicals are unstable atoms that damage cells, cause illness, accelerate aging and a host of other health problems.
Lifestyle factors lead to harmful levels of free radicals, including:
- Exposure to toxins (like pesticides)
- Air pollution
- Poor diet
However, the worst damage often stems from our immune response to severe infections which can accelerate production of free radicals to critically high and dangerous levels.
That’s right, it’s our own immune system generating massive amounts of free radicals to kill germs that can make us really sick.
Worse yet, repairing and recovering from this process can take a long time putting considerable stress on the body.
Antioxidants protect us from free radicals and glutathione is the #1 antioxidant in nature.
Commonly referred to as the “master antioxidant,” glutathione neutralizes all types of free radicals, recharges other antioxidants such as Vitamin C, PLUS it even recycles itself as long as it has fuel.
How does glutathione work?
Glutathione is a molecule naturally produced in your body.
It is the key molecule used by the liver to remove chemicals considered foreign to your body.
Glutathione is composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamine.
The incredible detoxifying nature of glutathione stems from the sulfur chemical groups it also contains.
Sulfur is a sticky molecule that acts like flypaper to latch onto toxins, heavy metals and free radicals.
These toxins are then excreted from the body, and if everything is working properly, they never build up to dangerous levels.
Even better, glutathione is the “master antioxidant” that is able to donate an electron to stabilize all kinds of free radicals.
Amazingly, glutathione can recycle itself and recharge other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E.
The problem we encounter with glutathione
Normally glutathione is recycled in the body, but when the toxic load becomes too great, the body can’t keep up and serious damage can occur as toxins run amok unchecked.
As we get older, our body makes less glutathione and this is major cause of the aging process.
Menopause also causes glutathione production to decrease which causes many of the changes women experience at this time including the loss of collagen and bone density.
Those that are exposed to high amounts of toxic free radicals in their environment or through their diet can also develop chronically low levels.
Furthermore, numerous doctors and researchers including Dr. Michael Murray and Dr. Mark Hyman have espoused how critical glutathione is for immune health.
These experts have concluded that there is a direct link between low glutathione levels and poor outcomes from illness and infection.
What can we do to make sure we maintain proper glutathione levels for optimal health?
- Consume sulfur-rich foods: onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale)
- Take glutathione-boosting supplements: whey protein, NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) and milk thistle either contain the building blocks needed to produce glutathione, or in the case of milk thistle, nourish the liver so it can recycle glutathione more effectively.
- Try Solarplast®: a breakthrough nutrient derived from organic spinach with over 15 years of research, Solarplast contains glutathione that is immediately usable, but its most incredible aspect is its ability to supercharge and repair the body’s glutathione producing machinery for long-term benefit. Amplified Immunity contains the clinically studied dose of Solarplast (100 mg) in addition to classic immune ingredients such as Vitamin C, zinc, beta glucans, and probiotics.