Have you ever heard of glutathione? No, us neither but it turns out that this super antioxidant could be the thing missing from our diets
As our knowledge of nutrition has grown so has too has our obsession. Our obsession with finding a health fix. The super food that will improve our digestion. The anti oxidant that will improve our skin. The vitamin that will boost our energy levels. But the healthy magic answer has yet to appear. Until now. Is glutathione the one thing we’re all missing?
Glutathione is the master anti oxidant that scientists are discovering we’re all chronically short of. “Top up your levels and glutathione can be the difference between a vibrant, energetic life and one that’s anything but,” explains nutritionist Rebecca Pilkington. “Come up short and you’re putting yourself in the path of all manner of health problems.”
7 things to know?
- It’s an antioxidant produced in the liver which helps turn toxins into bile. In a nutshell it’s the body’s most powerful antioxidant.
- It helps form both our red and white blood cells.
- By helping our bodies get rid of toxins, glutathione does the bulk of that work, leaving our body’s free to focus on cellular renewal. Which means everything from skin renewal to your immune system works better when you have high levels of glutathione.
- Research also shows that glutathione helps slow the ageing process and reduce the chance of developing a degenerative disease. American physician Dr Mark Hyman calls it: “The most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent ageing.”
- The natural production of glutathione drops at a rate of 10% per decade which means by the time you’re 30 you’re already running at deficit.
- To help boost production add lots of sulphur-rich foods to your diet as well as including cruciferous vegetables where possible. Things like broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts and watercress will all help.
- Exercise can also help boost production, which is yet another reason to work out!