Sure, we all know there are tons of different vitamins and antioxidants out there that we can add to our life to improve things but this one really goes above and beyond when it comes to the benefits it can provide our bodies. In this day and age, we are for some reason very deficient in this antioxidant and should honestly all be adding it to our daily lives.
The antioxidant I am referring to is known as Glutathione, it is something our bodies make some of but because of the way we live seems to not be making enough of. It is a molecule that is a combination of amino acids, glycine, glutamine, and cysteine. It is present in just about all of the foods we never seem to eat enough of. This including things like cabbage, broccoli, turmeric, avocados, watermelon, garlic, cauliflower, peaches, peas, and tomatoes.
You see because in these modern times we tend to consume more junk food than healthy food we are really damning ourselves. This antioxidant is easily the master antioxidant it helps protect our cells against oxidative damage and we really NEED it. If you are going through a lot of stress, trauma, eating a poor diet, in an area with heavy pollution or anything of the sort your levels of this could be much lower than they should be and you probably aren’t even aware of it. While you could opt for an oral supplement adding more of the foods mentioned above to your diet should be enough for most people to kick things into gear.
Dr. Mercola wrote as follows on his website in regards to increasing your Glutathione levels:
Glutathione naturally occurs in some foods, including raw asparagus, almonds, spinach, broccoli, walnuts, garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, watercress, and chives. However, it may not be well-absorbed from these dietary sources. Cooking, storage and farming methods may also reduce the amount of glutathione in foods.
Fortunately, you don’t have to eat glutathione-rich foods just to obtain this antioxidant naturally, since you can also maximize your body’s ability to synthesize it by eating foods that are rich in its precursors, including:
Whey protein powder: Whey protein provides the amino acids that your body needs to produce glutathione.32 Plus, it contains a unique cysteine residue known as glutamylcysteine, which is highly bioactive in its affinity for converting to glutathione.33 When buying whey protein powder, make sure that you choose a cold-pressed product that’s derived from grass-fed cows to guarantee that it’s free from harmful chemicals, hormones, and sugar.
Allium and cruciferous vegetables: Allium vegetables, like garlic, onions, leeks, and chives, as well as cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, have high amounts of sulfur-containing amino acids that are essential for glutathione production.
Grass-fed meat and pastured eggs: Grass-fed meat and pastured eggs are also excellent sources of sulfur-containing amino acids.36
Selenium also plays a role in the formation of glutathione, so consuming foods that are rich in this nutrient may help improve your body’s glutathione levels. Some dietary sources of selenium include wild-caught seafood and organ meat. Foods that contain alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) may also promote the production of glutathione in the body. These include organ meats, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
The benefits this antioxidant provides are seemingly endless. It can help in the management of Parkinson’s disease, control inflammation, fight infections, and even aids in the management of Autism. Take a look at the video below for more information and consider adding this to your diet a little more. It could really be the change you need in your life.