Thursday, 18 June 2020


From basic science, we know that the human body is made up of cells. During normal metabolic processes in the cells, certain unstable molecules called free radicals are produced.

Think of free radicals as "waste products" produced in our cells.

When left unchecked, these free radicals are very harmful. They have been associated with several disease conditions such as diabetes, asthma, inflammatory joint diseases, atherosclerosis, cancer and degenerative eye diseases.

This is where antioxidants come in !

Antioxidants are chemical substances that clean up the cells from these radicals and protect our cells from damage caused by them.

There are several antioxidants. Some examples include vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, lycopene etc. They are obtained from food and also available in food supplements.

So, what's this most powerful antioxidant I started talking about?

It's called GLUTATHIONE.

It is the master antioxidant of the body.
It is the most efficient detoxifier of the cells.
It strengthens your immune system

It is produced naturally by the body from food and also available from food supplements.

It can be obtained naturally from potatoes, peppers, carrots, avocados, spinach, melons and sulfur-rich foods like garlic and onions. Also, it can be obtained from a family of vegetables called cruciferous/brassica vegetables - such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.

When glutathione levels are low, harmful free radicals (which I talked about earlier) accumulate in the body, immune protection against infections is low and overall health is badly affected.

This is why eating healthy is very important!

However, poor diet is NOT the only cause of glutathione deficiency (low levels of glutathione).

Apart from poor diet, one major factor leading to glutathione deficiency is AGEING. Scientific research has shown that from the age of 20, glutathione levels begin to reduce progressively !

Another major factor is presence of certain diseases/infections. Scientific evidence shows that over 74 diseases and health challenges have been associated with low glutathione levels. Examples are hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, cancer, stroke, sickle cell disease, asthma etc.

Other factors such as stress, exposure to chemical toxins, pollution, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, sleep deprivation, smoking and alcohol consumption also contribute to further reduce glutathione levels in the body.

Again, maintaining a healthy diet is the number one (the best) way to increase glutathione levels.

However, there are glutathione supplements that can augment (supplement) your glutathione supply from food, especially if you're advanced in age or have not been consistently eating healthy or have a health condition you're being managed for.


They simply boost glutathione levels and as a result have proven to be extremely beneficial in improving the health of several people battling certain health conditions.

Here are the benefits of having optimal glutathione levels:

- It strengthens your immune system (very crucial in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic)
- It detoxifies toxins in the body
- It boosts your energy
- It improves quality of sleep
- It improves your mental focus and clarity
- It minimizes the effect of stress
- It improves your skin
- It boosts athletic performance
- It enhances libido and sexual health (for married couples)

Once again, I must stress the importance of a healthy diet. It's quite sad that sometimes our food has been stripped off of some key nutrients by the time it gets to our plates (topic for another day)

But still, healthy diet is something we must all be conscious of and strive for. It's really very important and vital to maintaining optimal glutathione levels.

Just know this: optimal glutathione levels in your body is vital to your health.

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