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In a minute, you’ll see what kind of late-night reading I do. It’s usually studies that would bore you to tears. But you see my mission in life is your health. If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalitis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lyme disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, psoriasis, lupus, cancer or any other complex chronic illness, today’s column could be a huge game changer for you.

All of us make glutathione in our liver. It’s natural to humans, but the compound is also sold in supplement form. I wrote about this sulfur-based antioxidant in 2000 when it was being used “quietly” at only the most progressive clinics in the country. Today, it’s no secret that IV glutathione and special oral supplements can be used in the body as powerful medicine, even though the compound is natural and sold over-the-counter. Glutathione is the antidote to toxic adverse effects of acetaminophen (paracetamol). If you regularly take acetaminophen, you may need glutathione. Hundreds of other drug muggers deplete glutathione, as does wine, beers and constant hangovers.

Without adequate glutathione, getting rid of cellular garbage is impossible and all the toxins you are exposed to become exponentially worse because you can’t get eliminate them. It becomes a free radical shopping spree, but it’s a bad bargain for you.

There was a recent article in Molecular Neurobiology entitled “The glutathione system: A new drug target in neuroimmune disorders.” Glutathione ramps up efficiency in your neuroimmune system. You need a highly functional neuroimmune system or infections will run you over and keep you chronically ill.

Well-known nutrients can increase glutathione concentrations. Taking glutathione pills is a little challenging because the nutrient is big and awkward so it doesn’t penetrate your cells very well. It has to be made intracellularly. You will often see glutathione supplements tied to fatty molecules so they can be made “liposomal” and shuttled past your fat-coated cell membrane. You can cook it up in your cells if you have 3 amino acids on board:

  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
  • Glycine
  • Glutamine

You can also crank up glutathione production with curcumin supplements, resveratrol and cinnamon. Our favorite methylation B vitamin called “folate” can help too, along with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

This researchers recommendation to make glutathione a new drug target will open the door for more worldwide awareness (and probably very expensive medications one day). In the meantime, taking natural glutathione support (however you want to do it) is an excellent consideration if you have chronic illness and I think you should ask your doctor if supplements are right for you.

If you’d like to read a more comprehensive version of this article, visit my website and sign up for my free newsletter. I will email it to you. One more obvious thing, please eat a nutrient dense organic diet that focuses on cruciferous veggies that are full of sulfur and other sulfur rich foods that support glutathione production.

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Suzy Cohen, author of “Drug Muggers” and “The 24-Hour Pharmacist,” can be reached at www.DearPharmacist.com

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