So yesterday we spoke about how the spice "Cardamom" is a good source of the antioxidant called "Glutathione".
Today we're going to research a little deeper and find out just why this antioxidant is so important to optimal health.
Okay . . . so "Glutathione" is an antioxidant produced in our cells. It's comprised largely of three amino acids . . . glutamine, glycine and cysteine. And unfortunately . . . "Glutathione levels in the body may be reduced due to "poor nutrition", "environmental toxins" and "stress". And then add to that . . . it "declines" as we get older.
So if the levels of "glutathione" are low in the body . . . you would most likely also be suffering from poor health. And how else can this important element to optimal health become low???
Well . . . levels can drop due to poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, a weakened immune system and chronic diseases such as diabetes and sleep apnea.
Now . . . an important elements of "glutathione" is that it combats free radical in the body. These are the molecules that can damage DNA and our body's cells.
Okay . . . so the kidneys (one of the main organs for detoxification of the body) are highly dependent on an adequate supply of "glutathione" to maintain normal function. This is due, in part, to a high rate of aerobic metabolism.
And "glutathione" helps to detoxify and eliminate poisons, fat soluble toxins and heavy metals in the liver, lungs, intestines and kidneys.
So you can clearly see . . . from all the talk we've done about eliminating toxins from the body . . . having a healthy level of "glutathione" in the body is imperative.
So what can a healthy level of "glutathione" in the body cure?
Well . . . that would be . . . cataracts and glaucoma, preventing aging, treating or preventing alcoholism and fatty liver disease, asthma, cancer, heart disease (atherosclerosis and high cholesterol), hepatitis, liver disease, diseases that weaken the body's defense system (including AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome), reducing oxidative stress, improving psoriasis, improving insulin resistance in older individuals, increasing mobility for people with peripheral artery disease, reducing symptoms of Parkinson's disease and helping fight against autoimmune diseases.
With that being said . . . "glutathione" is a key antioxidant that plays an important role in the immune system's ability to clear the "bad" bacteria I'm always talking about out of the body.
Okay . . . so are you listening up?????
The key to a healthy amount of "glutathione" is the flora or "good" bacteria in our intestines. You see . . . human intestinal flora "regulates" the level of "glutathione" in the body.
So as I've said time and time again . . . this Western diet we all love so much, the stress in our lives, the environmental pollutants we come in contact with, the medications we take so liberally (especially antibiotics) and our social behavior "all" contribute to the lack of "good" bacteria in our body and if and when this happens . . .
This powerful antioxidant "glutathione" is depleted from our body and now illness and disease are surely to occur.
So how do we increase our body's "glutathione"???
First and foremost, replace our "good" bacteria as I stated the other day. And then eat foods naturally rich in "glutathione" like spinach, avocados, asparagus and okra
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