We are continually inhaling and ingesting natural and synthetic acidic toxins. Whether we know it or not... they are unavoidable in these modern times both in our polluted cities and our poorly engineered food supplies. When the body has the health and the nourishment it needs, it works tirelessly to eliminate acidic waste and to protect itself. But increasing levels of environmental pollution are depleting the body's store of glutathione more and more rapidly.
Our main organ of detoxification of acidic waste products is the lymphatic system and the liver. This is the body's most concentrated source of glutathione. Modern research has shown that individuals who have low levels of glutathione are susceptible to chronic illness. Why? Because studies show that low glutathione levels lead to poor lymphatic and liver function, causing more and more acidic toxins to circulate through the body and resulting in damage to individual cells and organs. And this is why it is believed that glutathione has an important role to play in the prevention and treatment of disease.
Clinical tests show that raised glutathione levels may address some of the eight major health issues of our time. Glutathione provides the body with tools to fight off these threats naturally. Healthy people also benefit from elevated glutathione levels through an enhanced ability to fight off acidic toxins, disease, pre-cancerous cells and the aging process itself.
Glutathione has been shown to slow down the aging process, detoxify and improve liver function, strengthen the immune system, and reduce the chances of developing cancer. Glutathione also works to help improve mental functions, increase energy, improve concentration, permit increased exercise, and improve heart and lung function... just to name a few.
Glutathione is found in every cell in the body, including the bile, the epithelial lining fluid of the lungs, and at much smaller concentrations in the blood. Without it, your cells would disintegrate from unrestrained oxidation, your body would have little resistance to metabolic acids, and your liver would shrivel up from the eventual accumulation of acidic toxins.
Glutathione is not yet a household word. Even some medical doctors who have heard the term may still have only a vague idea of what it is. There was a time when only scientists had heard of cholesterol and vitamins, but today everyone knows about them. Now the magnificence of glutathione is becoming known. In the last five years over 25,000 medical articles about this substance have been published, and the scientific understanding of glutathione is gradually becoming common knowledge.
Researchers have explored the role of antioxidants in good health as well as the treatment and prevention of diseases involving oxidation or fermentation by metabolic acids. Given the critical role of antioxidants in good health, it's not surprising that the body itself manufactures its own natural antioxidants. The most important of these is glutathione. Because all other antioxidants depend upon the presence of glutathione to function properly, which is why scientists call it "The Master Antioxidant." Glutathione binds to toxins, forming a water-soluble complex which is ultimately excreted in the urine or bile as waste.
Elevated glutathione levels enable the body to produce more white blood cells. And it's the white blood cells that are the body's garbage collectors and are the most important cells for maintaining sterility of the body fluids. A leading glutathione expert (Dr. Bustavo Bounous) says that the limiting factor in the proper activity of our lymphocytes (the white blood cells) is the availability of glutathione. In other words, healthy growth and activity of the white blood cells depends upon glutathione's availability. Put simply, glutathione is "food" for the white blood cells.
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