Antioxidants protect cells against the detrimental effects of free radicals. All of us are exposed to free radicals on a daily basis and it can become too much for the body. The body naturally fights against free radicals with naturally occurring antioxidants (flavonoids, tannins, phenols, and lignans). However, the levels of antioxidants can easily be depleted if the body is under too much of a burden. This is why it is important to replenish the body with antioxidants through foods or supplements.
Glutathione is often referred to as “the mother of all antioxidants”. It is the greatest free radical fighter and has the ability to promote the detoxification process in the body. It is also vital in fighting against mental illnesses and various neurological disorders. Glutathione helps to regenerate and maintain immune cells. It guards the body against oxidative stress and acts as a trap to anything harmful in the body.
Poor diets can lead to a depletion in glutathione. Many of the foods available today are made to taste good but may not necessarily provide the nutritional needs the body requires. Constant consumption of toxins, chemicals, and preservatives causes the body to go into a toxin overload.
Immense amounts of stress, chronic illnesses, or aging can cause the levels of glutathione to plummet. Natural sources of glutathione can be found in sulfur-rich foods. The main easily attainable sources would be onions, garlic, broccoli, kale, collard greens, cauliflower, and cabbage. The reason it is found in sulfur-rich foods is because sulfur has sticky and smelly properties. It essentially traps free radicals, toxins, and heavy metals. This reduces the amount of stress on the body.
Exercise has also been found to boost levels as well. This has a direct effect on boosting the immune system and activating the body’s natural antioxidants defenses. Finally, glutathione can be bought in a capsule form or a liposomal form. “Thorne Research” has it in the capsule form and “Readisorb” has it available in the liposomal form.