Remember those harmful mycotoxins that mold produces? Well, they build up in your blood, tissues, and organs like your liver because your immune system is constantly using glutathione to rid your body of the mycotoxins. This can cause a glutathione deficiency and a systemic immune reaction.
Your liver is your body’s main detox organ. This is where glutathione plays a major role in detoxifying your mold mycotoxins. When there is not enough glutathione to eliminate the toxins they start to stack up in the liver and cause mitochondrial damage – your cells energy powerhouse – affecting glutathione production.”
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“Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, emphysema, and other inflammatory diseases are all linked to oxidative stress. Antioxidants are the response mechanism your body uses to minimize free radical damage by pairing antioxidants with unpaired electrons before the unpaired electrons attack your cells. So, more antioxidants equals less oxidative stress – and a healthier body.
Antioxidants produced in your body (called endogenous antioxidants) and antioxidants consumed from outside sources are both important. During times of increased stress – illness, injury, or trauma (or a global pandemic) – the body’s demand for antioxidants increases, placing even more importance on consuming both antioxidant-rich foods and individual nutrients your body can use to make or recycle antioxidants.
Glutathione is often referred to as the master antioxidant because it can be found in nearly every single cell in the body at the same concentration as some of the most important nutrients for energy and cellular function, like glucose, potassium, and even cholesterol.
Comprised of three amino acids – glutamine, cysteine, and glycine – glutathione is produced in the body by first combining glutamate and cysteine, then adding glycine to form what is known as GSH, the active and most abundant form of glutathione.
Because so many cells can produce and recycle glutathione, normal blood levels are relatively low. However, there are times when glutathione production might not be able to keep up with demand – poor nutrition, stress, illness, environmental toxins, and even aging can lead to an overall decline in glutathione.
Glutathione’s activity is important to nearly every system in your body and provides protection against numerous diseases and conditions.* Most often, glutathione is valued for its function in liver detoxification.* Glutathione binds to heavy metals, chemicals, and other toxic substances, making them more water-soluble so they can be removed through urine or stool.*
Glutathione is abundant in the respiratory system, which is one of the first systems in the body to respond to outside threats. Your nose, mouth, throat, and lungs (plus your eyes and ears) constantly respond to large numbers of free radicals from increased oxygen presence, infectious diseases, and toxic environmental exposures such as dust, smog, and smoke. Glutathione is so important in your lungs that the fluid that lines the lungs contains 140 times the amount of glutathione that circulates in your blood.1-4
Likewise, your immune system relies on glutathione for a variety of functions. Adequate glutathione levels are necessary to make and maintain healthy numbers of white blood cells.” Source