The Power of Glutathione

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Glutathione is produced naturally in the liver. It is made up of three amino acids, and it is vital for cellular metabolism. It protects against oxidative stress caused by free radicals, is required for the immune system to function properly, and is a potent detoxifier.

The importance of glutathione has been validated by over 92,000 scientific articles, more than twice the amount that has ever been published about vitamin C. In fact, nutrition experts believe that it is just as necessary for our health as oxygen, food and water.

Glutathione is the body’s most powerful and important antioxidants, present in each and every cell in the body. It plays a pivotal role in detoxifying our cells, removing heavy metals, toxins and free radicals. All of which can damage our cells and significantly damage the quality of our cells, including skin cells.


1. Increase the energy

2. Slows down ageing process

3.  Reduces muscle and joint discomfort

4.  Strengthens immune system

5. Detoxifies the liver and cells

6. Improves mental focus and clarity

7. Improves quality of sleep

8. Reduces the effects of stress

9. Improves the skin

10. Athletic performance and recovery


Antioxidant – GSH is the body’s master Antioxidant, our bodies depend on GSH for the removal of toxins and GSH is at the heart of all immune functions. Other antioxidants in our body depend on GSH to function properly.

Detoxification – GSH detoxifies a large number of pollutants by binding to carcinogens, heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides and radiation by forming a soluble compound with the toxin that can then be excreted through the urine or bile.

Immune system – Healthy growth and activity of immune cells depends on the availability of GSH. The protective activity of GSH is two-fold – it enhances the activity of immune cells and also functions as an antioxidant within them.

Increased Energy – Our energy levels are a result of many factors – everything from the biochemical reactions taking place within our cells, to muscle function and even your sense of well-being. GSH enables the mitochondria of a cell to remain fully charged, enhancing muscle strength and endurance. Clinical trials have shown that lowering GSH in the mitochondria results in cell death.

Repair – Our body is constantly under attack from free radicals, some from external sources and some generated in our own body. Free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. A molecule that loses an electron then becomes a free radical itself and attacks the next nearest stable molecule, this begins a chain reaction. Once the reaction is started it can cascade through hundreds of molecules. As this occurs over and over again the cell eventually dies or mutates. Sometimes the mutated cell mutates to a point that we know as cancer. GSH performs a vital role in repairing the damaged DNA by replacing the missing electron. Normal to elevated GSH keeps the repair of our cells at a maximum and reduces the number of cell mutations that would occur otherwise.

Lightens Skin – By supplementing with a high quality Glutathione supplement, namely one containing Acetyl Glutathione, you can not only improve your complexion, but improve the quality and health of your skin. Supplementing with a Glutathione pill or injectable can help to improve the health of every cell in the body, particularly apparent in the skin, hair and nails. Giving people a radiant glow which is caused by healthy cells and reduced toxicity in the body.

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Why glutathione is important to us

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 One important protein that appears in every human cell is a tripeptide known as glutathione.

Found in the highest concentrations in the liver, it consists of three amino acids: glutamic acid, L-cysteine and L-glycine.

The first record of glutathione was in 1888, but it was not until 1984 that its function in the body began to be researched in detail.

It turns out that glutathione serves as an antioxidant and detoxifier that protects cells from free radicals and oxidative stress, thus, improving the immune system.

But glutathione levels in human cells begin to decline after you turn 20. In order to produce more glutathione, supplementation of L-cysteine is recommended.

In the absence of glutathione, the body will experience several things. All the cells in the body would face premature death, causing the liver, which cleanses your body of toxic materials, to malfunction.

Worse, the entire immune system will break down – in other words, without glutathione, humans would cease to exist.

How glutathione works

Glutathione is the only antioxidant that is intracellular, meaning that it acts inside the cells. This helps to resist disease by neutralising free radicals and keeping other antioxidants like vitamins C and E in their active form.

Many scientists believe there is a link between low glutathione levels and cell death, which could be why the levels of glutathione in patients with serious diseases such as AIDS and cancer, are typically very low.

On the other hand, clinical observations of people aged 100 and more in various countries like Poland, Italy and Denmark, have found very high levels of glutathione in their cells.

Other functions of this protein include helping to process toxins in the liver; DNA and protein synthesis; and regulating the nitric oxide cycle and the metabolism of iron.

Key benefits of glutathione

Decreased levels of glutathione have several consequences that are linked to a number of age-related illnesses. This includes:

Alzheimer’s disease and macular degeneration – A University of Alabama study in the United States revealed that the red blood cells in male Alzheimer’s patients indicated a significant lack of glutathione.

Heart disease – A study of patients with heart disease found that the lower their levels of glutathione, the higher the likelihood of them experiencing a heart attack.

Cancer – While glutathione is not able to cure cancer, several studies suggest that the growth of new cancer cells may be reduced. Its strong antioxidant properties make it suitable as a supplement.

This is why some doctors recommend it as a supplement to treat cancer, as it improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs and reduces their side effects.

Psychiatric illnesses, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression – These have been linked to low levels of glutathione. The lack of antioxidant abilities in the brain can cause oxidative stress.

Glutathione has also been used to treat Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell anaemia, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and poisoning, as it is able to cleanse the body of unhealthy metals such as mercury.

Glutathione has been found to improve the quality of the human male sperm. This is achieved by the lowering of blood pressure and decreasing oxidative stress on the sensitive sperm cells, hence, minimising damage to their DNA cargo.

Couples who are trying to conceive should look for micronutrient supplements, especially n-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), which is used in the body to produce L-glutathione.

The aspiring father could also benefit from consuming scientifically-proven nutrients such as arginine, carnitine and pine bark extract.

Because it is a protein, a fair amount of glutathione that you ingest is broken down in your gut and eliminated before reaching the cells.


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Top Summer Fitness Tips

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Summer is here and people are making vacation plans. In order to get ready for that cruise or family vacation, many are looking for ways to get lean, eliminate bloating and lose weight. Here are the top fitness tips to get in great summer shape:

Foods to Avoid

Losing weight and eliminating bloat are key to looking your summer best. Here are the top foods to avoid this summer:

Grains. Grains are found in a variety of products, including hamburger and hotdog buns. In the 1960’s, grains were hybridized, making them resistant to drought conditions and pesticides. Modern grains may be easier to grow and cultivate, but they are now extremely unhealthy and dangerous for human consumption. Grains should be avoided for the following reasons:

  • Spike in blood sugar. Grains have been called super sugars because of their effect on blood sugar and insulin. While many people consider whole grains healthy, eating two slices of whole grain bread raises glucose levels quickly in the same manner as drinking a 12 ounce soda. When blood sugar levels rise dramatically, they can fall just as quickly, causing a person to “crash,” with feelings of brain fog and sluggishness the result. They can also cause people to be hungrier than ever.
  • Gluten. Most grains contain gluten, which can cause bloating, inflammation, diarrhea and leaky gut syndrome in those who are gluten intolerant.

In addition to hamburger and hot dog buns, other foods with grains listed in their ingredients that should be avoided are chips, crackers and cookies.

Vegetable oil. Before 1900, American households cooked with lard and butter. Today, most cookies, cakes, microwave popcorn and fast foods are made with vegetable oil. Even though they are called vegetable oils, they are extremely toxic.

Vegetable oils are used in most restaurants and households as well. Studies indicate vegetable oil has been linked to many health issues:

  • Heating up vegetable oil prompts a release of aldehydes, which have been linked to cancer, heart disease, inflammation and dementia.1
  • Vegetable oils can raise the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL’s) and decrease the level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL’s) in the blood, which increases the risk of blood clots. This is also known as the “double deadly effect.”2
  • Studies indicate the consumption of trans-fats can increase a person’s risk of depression by 50%.3

Vegetable oils have been deemed toxic and unsafe for human consumption worldwide. They have been banned in Denmark, Austria, Hungary, Iceland, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. New York City banned the use of vegetable oils in 2012, and the FDA has given food manufacturers until June of 2018 to totally remove them out of processed and fast foods.3

Vegetable oils go by many names:

  • Soybean
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Cottonseed
  • Safflower

Avoiding these oils is essential to good health.

Grilling. Grilling is one of the most popular summer events, but it’s also one of the most toxic. There are many studies citing the dangers of grilling:

  • When meat is charred on the grill, it creates heterocyclic amines, (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A report from the National Cancer Institute claims that rodents fed a diet of HCAs and PAHs developed tumors of the breast, colon, liver, skin, lung and prostate.4
  • The smoke from barbeques contains PAHs as well. The toxin can get inside the lungs when inhaled.

Conventional meat. Cows are meant to eat grass, but the majority of them are fed GMO and hybridized grain, which is not healthy for them. In addition to the cows being malnourished, the grains are laden with pesticides, which in turn affect humans when they are eaten. Remember, you are what you eat eats! Consumption of grain fed cows has been linked to the following diseases:

Cancer. Countless studies indicate that eating grain fed red meat has significant health risks.

  • A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that women who ate red meat had a slightly increased risk of breast cancer:5
  • Analysts at the World Cancer Research Fund analyzed over 800 studies on processed meat and conclude that bowel cancer is more common among people who ate processed meat. The researchers also believe there is a possible link between processed meat and cancer of the stomach, colon and pancreas.6

Increased risk of atherosclerosis. When eating grain fed meat, the gut can react in negative ways that may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease:

  • A study in the journal Nature Medicine claims that ingesting high levels carnitine, which is found in red meat, increases a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease.7
  • According to Victoria Taylor, a senior dietician at the British heart Foundation, “diets that are linked to good heart health are lower in foods like red meat, and include more pulses, nuts, seeds and fish as protein sources.”8

Diabetes. There is growing evidence that consumption of grain fed beef can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

  • A study of 149,000 American men and women found that the probability of developing Type 2 diabetes increased as the consumption of red meat increased.9

Humans have been eating red meat for thousands of years, but it was not until the cows were fed grains that these health problems started to occur. The grains are the root cause of the problem, and eating grass fed cows is the first step in eliminating these health issues.

Dairy. Due to its extreme toxicity, eating conventional dairy that is served in most restaurants and supermarkets may cause unwanted weight gain. Dairy products can be the root cause of other health problems as well:

  • A Swedish study claims that women who consume more than 3 glasses of milk per day had twice the mortality rate of women who drank less than one glass per day over a 20 year span.10
  • Many studies indicate dairy protein raises Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), which has been linked to various types of cancer, including prostate and ovarian cancer.10
  • Bloating, stomach pain, gas and diarrhea are common and all symptoms of lactose intolerance.

Many people are allergic to conventional dairy products, but like beef, the root cause is not the dairy but the grains that cows are fed. In addition to improved overall health, weight loss can occur when raw, organic, grass-fed dairy and grass-fed meat are consumed.

Healthy Summer Alternatives

The list of foods a person should avoid may be intimidating but there are countless delicious and viable options available.

Many people avoid fried foods because of the oil, but not all oils are bad. The following oils are healthy and are suitable for preparing dishes in a variety of ways:

Coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for medium heat sautéing. It can help with weight loss, is good for the heart, boosts the metabolism and is great for the skin.

Olive oil. Olive oil has many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Best to use raw or for low-medium heat cooking.

Ghee. Grass-fed ghee is rich in vitamin A, D, K2 and conjugated linoleic acid. Best for medium heat cooking.

Butter. Like ghee, grass-fed butter provides the body with a variety of healthy nutrients, including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and is best for medium heat cooking.

Grilling. When it comes to grilling, the best advice is to cook the food inside and take it outside to enjoy. Grilling is discouraged, but the following tips may be helpful for those who insist on grilling outside:

  1. Marinate. Researchers at Kansas State University marinated steaks in different mixtures of vinegar, herbs and spices. After grilling, the carcinogens were decreased ranging from 57 to 88 percent. Use grass fed meats only.11
  2. Avoid flame flare ups. When the fat drips onto the flame, it causes flare ups. Lean meats have less fat, which helps minimize flare ups.
  3. Remove charred pieces. The charred pieces of meat are extremely carcinogenic. Dispose of those pieces immediately, and do not eat them.
  4. Cook quickly. The longer food is on the grill, the greater the probability of Heterocyclic amines, (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) forming. Remove food from the grill immediately after cooking.

Indoor grilling tips. 
Grilling indoors is the preferred method of cooking because it avoids the dangerous carcinogens that are created when grilling outdoors. Here are a few tips on grilling indoors:

  1. Use your broiler. The fire on an outdoor grill is below food, while fire on the broiler is above it. This helps eliminate the threat of carcinogens forming while still providing flavor similar to the outdoor grill.
  2. Smoked spices. Using smoked spices will give food prepared indoors an outdoor flavor. Try adding smoked paprika, smoked olive or chipotle chilies or smoked sea salt to impart an extra punch.

Practice Diet Variation. Diet variation is the practice of changing the diet periodically and eating different foods for an extended period of time. It can also mean not eating for a predetermined amount of time (incorporating a technique called intermittent fasting).

Diet variation has been around for thousands of years, albeit involuntarily. In previous generations, as the seasons changed, certain foods came into season, while others went out of season. The weather affected the production of certain foods as well. As a result, people ate what was available at the time, or not at all. For example, during the winter season, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds were not available, so meat and fat were the primary foods eaten, which in essence was a low carb diet. In the summer, fruits and other high carb foods were available, so those were eaten primarily. This type of diet variation eating caused the hormones in the body to shift and go through ketosis.

Ketosis is defined as a metabolic state where most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood and can be an effective way to lose weight.

While our ancestors dealt with real life feast or famine scenarios in their diet variation, incorporating intermittent fasting is an easy way to imitate this safe (and natural) type of eating into modern life.

Diet variation has two important benefits:

Eliminate allergies. By not eating certain foods for an extended period of time, a person can determine what foods they may be allergic to and allow time for the gut to heal as well.

The body burns fat. The body switches its energy source from glucose to fat, causing the body to work more efficiently and shed unwanted pounds.

Diet variation can be compared to exercise and working out: exercise routines must be changed periodically to stimulate muscle growth and increase performance. If the routine is not changed, the body will adjust accordingly and become stagnant.

When it comes to losing weight, the body will adapt if you’re eating the same foods day after day, week after week, month after month. When diet variation is incorporated, the body is force to change and adjust, which will stimulate weight loss and other positive changes.

There are several ways to partake in diet variation:

Vary the diet. Try eating high (healthy) carbs one day a week and/or a whole day of fasting once a week.

Try intermittent fasting. Skip breakfast and eat within a 4-8 hour time window daily, or a few days per week.

The body has been able to adapt to cycles of feast and famine since the beginning of time. Diet variation is an excellent way to lose weight and get fit for the summer.

Burst Training

Burst training and fasting go hand in hand and are powerful when done together, i.e. working out on a fasted stomach. Burst training is an exercise program where a person performs at 90-100 percent of their maximum for 30-60 seconds, followed immediately by 30-60 seconds of rest or exercise at lower intensity.

When a person exercises on an empty stomach, the body eventually runs out of glucose in the liver, which is its primary energy source. Once this happens, the body starts to burn fat not only during exercise, but up to thirty six hours after exercise.

Also known as high-intensity interval training or HIIT, burst training burns sugar, not fat. As a matter of survival, our bodies must replace that stored sugar. The body will increase its growth and anabolic hormones so it can become an efficient fat burner to replace it. As a result, it then burns the fat. It does not want to burn the muscle to replace the stored sugar that it needs to survive.

Endurance sports are extremely popular, but studies indicate that burst training may be healthier and more beneficial than endurance training:

  • Endurance exercise elevates the stress hormone cortisol, which stores fat and breaks down muscle. On the other hand, burst training also raises growth hormone to balance out the cortisol levels.
  • Reports in the journal Clinical Science found that 93% of long term endurance athletes had gut problems.12

In addition to weight loss and fat burning, other benefits of burst training include:

Decreased risk of diabetes. Burst training can improve glucose control and metabolic function in those with Type 2 diabetes.

Heart disease. Much research has been performed on the benefits of burst training with promising results:

  • A study in the American Journal of Human Biology claims that burst training is a time efficient way to boost cardiovascular health in adolescents.12
  • Burst training “significantly enhanced VO2 max and O2 pulse and power output in active men and women” according to the Journal of Strength Conditioning and Research.12

Burst Training Exercises.

The following exercises are great for burst workouts:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Running on treadmill
  • Riding a bike
  • Jumping rope

Burst workouts can be done for 10-20 minutes, 2-3 days per week. Less time, more results!

Diet: The Secret to a Lean Body

Public perception is when it comes to losing weight and having a lean body, exercise is key. A lack of exercise is the primary reason why they are overweight or obese. Exercise is an important component of good health, but diet is more important than exercise when it comes to how your body looks. It is estimated that 70-80% of the human body composition is really determined by what we eat. Exercise is an added bonus.

Most fitness professionals tell a person to exercise a minimum of 60 minutes daily and eat every 2-3 hours. In actuality, the opposite is true: eat 1-2 times per day and exercise less than half the time for best results.

Travel Tips

Many people have a difficult time staying on their diets while on vacation. Here are some great tips to stay on track:

Keep healthy snacks handy. Coconut butter, grass fed cheese and jerky, avocados, canned wild sardines, and mixed nuts are easy to carry and high in fat. They are energizing and keep blood sugars level.

Restaurants. More and more menus have healthy choices to choose from, including grass fed beef. Other options are chicken salad, lamb, omelets and veggies. Avoid bread and sauces that are high in bad fats and vegetable oil.

Airplane flights. When traveling on planes, take the glutathione to keep your glutathione (GSH) levels high. Glutathione raises intracellular glutathione which is key to removing toxins from the body. Glutathione is in every cell in the body, and if levels get too low, the cell can die from toxic overload and inflammation. Glutathione is the strongest antioxidant in the world, and is has many healing properties. Glutathione is important for airplane flights because of the low levels of radiation that are on planes.

Following these tips will ensure good health for this summer and years to come.

Written By: Dr. Daniel Pompa

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