Dr. Nayan Patel is a pharmacist, researcher and the author of the THE GLUTATHIONE REVOLUTION, a book that details everything you need to know about the “master antioxidant” that many of us know little about. Here’s Dr. Patel…
What if I told you that there’s a powerhouse substance that has the capability to help slow down the aging process, both protect your body against disease and help it heal if you do get sick, refresh your energy level, and keep your skin looking luminous? And what if I told you that this incomparable substance is one of the most abundant molecules in your body, second only to water—and that you make it yourself?
Meet Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant
Glutathione is the disease-fighting, age-slowing, energy-enhancing, detoxing, and beautifying antioxidant that you’ve never heard of. Aside from scholarly articles (and there are thousands of them—glutathione is very well studied), there’s very little accessible, yet authoritative information out there explaining how integral this mighty molecule is to nearly every physiological function.
In my new book, THE GLUTATHIONE REVOLUTION: Fight Disease, Slow Aging, and Increase Energy with the Master Antioxidant, endorsed by New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, MD, I outline exactly what glutathione is and what happens to us as GHS decreases over time.
I also show you how to naturally kick the antioxidant into overdrive to capitalize on the its innumerable benefits. With a 14-day plan, along with recipes, menus, and easy steps to boost glutathione levels in the body, you can feel younger and ward off the diseases of aging—naturally.
· Each day, the number of individuals who are getting wise to glutathione’s benefits grows—search metrics show that people have been Googling it like crazy!
· Glutathione helps do everything from bolstering immunity to lowering inflammation and regulating hormones, which means it has the potential to help protect against a long list of maladies (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s)
· Glutathione is interchangeably called “the master antioxidant” and “the mother of all antioxidants” because of is its ability to rebuild both itself and other essential antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E
· Glutathione plays a huge role in our well-being, but it hasn’t enjoyed the spotlight like other antioxidants because Dr. Patel only just developed a form of GSH that’s easily absorbed through the skin
· There’s no risk to increasing your glutathione levels through natural or supplementary means (or both)—you can’t overdose on glutathione and there’s a good likelihood that it will clear up your problems
If you’ve never heard of glutathione, let me tell you a few things about it. Glutathione (GSH) can
protect your body from disease, helping you fight off invaders, including viruses. It helps slow
the aging process, keeping your skin looking younger in the process. Glutathione also rids the
body of chemicals, heavy metals, and waste products. So how do you get some of this amazing
stuff? Look no further than your own body.
5 Natural Ways to Boost Glutathione Levels
Known as the Master Antioxidant, glutathione is actually the second most abundant molecule in
your system (water is the first)—you’ve been producing it all your life. There’s one hitch, though:
The body’s production of glutathione generally slows down with age. Compounding the problem
is the fact that we live in a world full of pollutants, food additives, and other substances that,
because we need GSH to get them out of the body, sap our stores of the antioxidant.
But here’s the good news. With a few lifestyle changes, you can increase your natural ability to
manufacture glutathione. Here are five easy steps you can take:
1. Eat foods high in cysteine
To make glutathione, the body stitches together three amino acid building blocks: glutamine,
glycine and cysteine. You make these amino acids yourself, however, one of those building
blocks—cysteine—can sometimes be in short supply. The remedy: eat cysteine-rich foods. That
will ensure you have all the raw materials needed to keep your GSH-production going.
The foods highest in cysteine: pork chops, steak, chicken, asparagus, spinach, okra, winter
squash, potatoes, tomatoes, avocado, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, papaya. But if
possible, please choose organic options for the specific GSH rich foods I am suggesting.
2. Pick selenium sources
Selenium, while not a component of glutathione, is still integral to its formation. Researchers
have found that selenium deficiencies decrease cysteine levels and lower the rate of GSH
production. Here, again, the right foods can help. Brazil nuts are a particularly rich source of
selenium, though because selenium can be toxic at high levels, eat no more than four Brazil
nuts a day. Other good selenium sources: eggs, sunflower seeds, organic brown rice, wheat
germ, pinto beans.
3. Stock up on cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts not only get your
glutathione factories fired up, they help preserve the GSH you already have. How do these
veggies help? One way is by supplying sulfur, a property of cysteine. Cruciferous vegetables
also contain compounds that help the body convert its own waste products into nontoxic
entities. When wastes (things like by-products of hormones) are non-toxic, you need less
glutathione to remove them from the body. The result is that you’ll have more GSH in storage
and available when you really need it.
4. Make a smart smoothie
I start every morning with a fruit smoothie made with non-denatured whey isolate protein. This
milk derivative contains all three of the amino acids needed for GSH production. Add two
scoops of non-denatured whey isolate (look for bioactive varieties at your natural foods market)
to your favorite smoothie recipe and you’re in business.
5. Plug the “holes”
Besides making more glutathione, you want to preserve it so it’s available to fight disease and
slow down aging. One way to do that is to stay away from things like pesticides, food additives
and other GSH-sapping elements. So: Eat organic when you can; choose glutathione rich foods
without additives; exercise at times when the air quality is cleaner; stay out of the sun— and
when you are in the sun, use chemical free sunblock; go easy on alcohol (it really over taxes the
glutathione system!); and opt for cosmetics and cleaning products that are based on natural and
not chemical ingredients.
Nature has gifted you with your own personal armed guard—glutathione! Follow the steps I’ve
just outlined to help it be readily available to protect you and keep you looking and feeling your