Glutathione (GSH) our bodies master defender

Glutathione (GSH) has been considered our bodies most important antioxidant as it is found in all of the cells of the human body, yet most us do not know what it is or what it does.

Currently medical interest in GSH is on the increase and research is beginning to show the benefits of it in treating many conditions. Studies have begun to demonstrate the protective antioxidant, detoxifying, immune boosting, and healing properties of GSH throughout the body.

So what is Glutathione?

Glutathione (GSH) is an important antioxidant in plants, animals and fungi. GSH is capable of preventing damage to important cellular component’s caused by oxidative stress from the likes of free radicals, peroxides and heavy metals. GSH is our bodies master defender and protector of our immune system, Our bodies create its own glutathione but things such as stress, bad diet, toxins, infections and aging deplete the levels making it unable to do its job properly. When working correctly your bodies Glutathione system acts as a ‘sticky magnet’ to all of the toxins in our body which it then flushes to our bile and stool to be carried out. As we age or if we become ill, our glutathione levels most likely become deficient.

Studies have shown that that elevated levels of Glutathione can help increase our mental and physical function and even for making our energy metabolism run well.

Glutathione is also great on the run up to Christmas when the inevitable office party leads to a few too many tipples! Due to its detoxifying properties supplementing GSH can helps raise the levels that alcohol depletes in our livers when we have over indulged!

How to boost your GSH levels.

Eating a diet high in antioxidants is a good way to boost GSH levels, raw peppers, apples, bananas, onions, spinach, garlic, broccoli and potatoes are great sources of glutathione.

Exercise! Doing regular exercise can increase the levels of Glutathione in our body and it also boosts our immune system.

Supplemental/nutritional compounds that can be taken include;

Alpha Lipoic Acid– highly important to our cells and aids in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. Again oxidative stress can deplete ALA levels in our body. ALA is useful at recycling the Glutathione in our bodies and supporting the Glutathione system.

Vitamin C & E – These can work together to recycle glutathione

Liposomal Glutathione GSH
– Liposomal delivery prevents gastrointestinal degradation and assures high absorption into the blood, but it also appears to be capable of targeting the intracellular space and even further into sites within the cells such as mitochondria or nuclei. Combining GSH and liposomes for optimal absorption and bioavailability would appear to be a great combination as it should insure a very high (if not complete) absorption into the blood of the Glutathione.

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Vitamin C and the common cold

In my family we are well aware of the importance of Vitamin C. With a young son in primary school it is easy for bugs and viruses to be brought into our home. At this time of year colds and flu’s are rife and so it is always a good idea to arm yourself with all the information and the preventative measures that are out there to stop these pesky viruses in their tracks!

Our immune systems are liable to be attacked for many different reasons, a vast amount of factors can lead to us feeling run down leaving the gates open for bugs and viruses to get a firm hold on our bodies and leave us unable to function and perform our everyday tasks (or certainly not with any ease!) Stress, late nights and an imbalance in movement levels (too much or too little exercise) can all effect our immune system and leave us
feeling low.

This is where the importance of Vitamin C comes into play. Our bodies, unlike other animals does not make its own vitamin c. This means that Vitamin C must be consumed and this can be done through whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables or supplemented, with the popular choice being over the counter powders, tablets, capsules and fizzies.

Whilst these over the counter Vitamin C supplements and foods can help we can only consume so much before we encounter gastric upset as our bodies do not absorb all of the Vitamin C and rather it gets rid of it. Liposomal Vitamin C has an absorption rate of up to 98% as tiny little bubbles called liposomes protect the Vitamin C as it travels through our digestive system and enters the blood stream via the small intestine where it goes directly to the cells that need it.

Using this method we can gradually build up our daily dose of Vitamin C which in turn builds up our immune system’s ability to fight off bugs and viruses and we can pip them to the post before the grogginess kicks in!

Me and my family take our Vitamin C everyday and if/when we feel that oh so familiar cold working on us we take an extra dose to help the battle of fighting it off and for us it works a treat!

There are a few variations on the market but my favourite is Quicksilver Scientific liposomal Vitamin C. It comes in glass bottle (120ml) and easily mixes with my sons Orange juice unlike other thicker liposomal solutions.

If fighting off the cold isn’t enough Vitamin C also helps with Collagen production, boosting skin elasticity, promotes healing and so much more!

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The Journey Continues…

Thanks for joining me! My name is Sarah and this blog is to accompany my families business Proactive Healthcare

My Dad started the business back in 1997 in the beginning the focus was mostly on women and products to support them through menopause. Ten years ago my mum found out she had breast cancer and made the decision after a mastectomy to treat her body naturally, refusing chemo and radiotherapy. She travelled to different places in Europe to have various natural treatments, ate a raw high alkaline diet and used supplements, many of which we now sell. Over the years the business expanded and my Dad’s personal journey through mercury poisoning led him to explore many avenues before he could find what was making him feel so ill. It was this discovery that led him to our most popular brand and best discovery Quicksilver Scientific

I have been on board with the business for over 7 years now. I have learnt about amazing products, had conversations with the most knowledgeable practitioners, doctors and even customers about their journeys through natural healthcare. I learn something new every day from these wonderful people and now want to share some of that knowledge through this blog.

I hope you enjoy reading!

This blog and indeed our web shop is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All opinions are my own or will be credited and cited to the original author

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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