You’ve probably heard of antioxidants and how its an essential part for your optimal health. You’ve even seen antioxidant supplements on store shelves.
But do you know how they function and why you even need them?
Your body sustains it’s structure and function through chemical processes, collectively known as metabolism.
In order for molecules (in your body) to be stable, they must have the right number of electrons. If a molecule loses an electron when it isn’t supposed to, it can turn into a free radical.
However our metabolism is constantly churning out free radicals. These incomplete molecules aggressively attack other molecules in order to replace their missing parts. Free radicals also steal electrons from the proteins in your body, which badly damages your DNA and other cell structures.
What’s even worse, these free radicals can form chain reactions. This happens when molecules they damage also turn into free radicals which in turn wrecks more damage.
And this is where antioxidants come in..
Antioxidants are molecules that can inhibit the oxidation of another molecule.
When a molecule loses an electron and turns into a free radical, antioxidants “donates” the free radical an electron, effectively neutralising it. In other words, antioxidants are molecules that fight damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules that can harm your cellular structures).
You might think that free radicals are all bad and the more antioxidant the better. However the truth is, both antioxidants and free radicals are important!
We’ve covered about the importance of antioxidants above, what you might not know is that free radicals also serve important functions in your body! One such example is how your body’s immune cells actually use free radicals to kill bacteria that try to infect you.
The important thing here to get the right balance. Your body needs the right amount of free radicals and the right amount of antioxidants to keep them in check. You start getting problems and diseases when this balance gets disrupted.
Oxidative stress is a state whereby the free radicals (pro-oxidants) in your body outnumber the antioxidants.
When this happens, important molecules in your body can become severely damaged, even leading to cell death.
Among the factors that promote excessive formation of free radicals and oxidative stress in your body are:
Being in a prolonged state of oxidative stress can lead to increased risk of negative health outcomes (such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, etc). It also speeds up your body’s aging process.
Your body needs a wide array of antioxidants to provide you with optimal benefits. This is because they perform different functions and some are lipid-soluble whereas others are water-soluble.
These antioxidants are produced by your body:
And some of the important dietary antioxidants are:
Countless studies have shown that the rate-limiting factor of glutathione production in your cells is the availability of cysteine. This is because it very hard to get bio-available and undenatured cysteine from foods.
It is present in many fruits, vegetables and eggs. However cooking or any other process that involves heat will destroy it. And even if you consume raw foods to get cysteine, most of it gets broken down in your digestive system.
Immunocal is clinically proven to raise and maintain your intra-cellullar glutathione levels safely and naturally by supplying your body with the critical glutathione precursor – cysteine, in the form that survives digestion and can enter your cells.
Also, taking glutathione (pills) directly has negligible effect on intra-cellular Glutathione level in your body. This is because most if not all of the glutathione gets digested before it even reaches your cells, where it’s most needed.
“There are many myths and mysteries about raising glutathione…
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Dr Jimmy Gutman
World’s best selling author on Glutathione
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