Some Bite Size Pieces for You. Today we’re going to be talking about Glutathione. What is it? How can we get more of it? And,what depletes it?
Glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant and detoxifier. Our bodies need glutathione in order for our detoxification pathways to work properly, to flush out toxins, pollutants, heavy metals, etc. from our bodies.
Children with autism and ADD are usually low in glutathione. Rheumatoid arthritis patients have lower levels of glutathione than the general public. Most chronic diseases and inflammation are associated with low glutathione levels. Are you concerned?
Because there are foods that raise our Glutathione levels we need not worry.
Did you know-Asparagus contains more glutathione than any other food? As such, I often talk about it for people with inflammation, like RA and children with autism and ADD.
Other foods that raise glutathione levels are broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Avocados, peaches, and watermelon.
Glutathione is also an essential nutrient for optimal vision. A study of Air Force pilots in England after WWII- revealed that bilberry jam improves night vision. Thus, bilberry preserves or jam is another food that boosts glutathione levels.
Several spices including cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric raise glutathione levels.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) promotes the synthesis of glutathione in the body. Food sources of ALA include spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, and Brussels sprouts.
The good news is: I believe if we consume the foods that boost glutathione levels, that help people especially RA patients purge toxic substances from their body, it can help us all! Yea!
The bad news is : What depletes our glutathione levels can harm us in other ways. Stress being one plus many toxic and harmful substances that we are exposed to on a daily basis. These require considerable amounts of glutathione for detoxification. Therefore our levels can become depleted.
Besides stress, here is a small list of gremlins that deplete glutathione:
Number 1 is…Exposure to heavy metals! These include: mercury found in HFCS, cosmetics, fish, and dental amalgams. PLUS vaccines, arsenic and aluminum.
- Nitrates and other food preservatives of chemical origin (in salami, hot dogs, hams, bologna, lunch meat, smoked foods, etc.);
- Artificial sweetener like aspartame;
- Tobacco smoke, barbecued foods, fuel exhaust, etc.
- Chlorine in the water
- Household chemicals
- Poor diet
- Chronic alcohol abuse and taking Tylenol® (OTCs)
Ok more good news: You have the power to avoid and control toxic exposures, find positive ways to work through stress, and make nutritional choices for you and your family.
Once you know-you can’t unknow!
Connie Rogers- Coach Educator