The Most Important Antioxidant in the Body

Fresh food contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants which can reduce the risk of disease by enhancing the immune system.

Antioxidants in fresh fruits and vegetables can help decrease free radicals in the body and enhance the DNA repair system in the cells.

Phytochemicals such as carotenoids, polyphenols, chlorophylls and glucosinolates have been shown to reduce the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart disease and cancer.They have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are found in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate, spices, herbs and tea.

Studies show that eating one serving of fruits and vegetables per day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 4% and more than 8 servings a day can reduce your risk by 30%.

Glutathione

Out of the many antioxidants found to be beneficial in the body, glutathione happens to be the most powerful. It's made up of amino acids cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid. The last two are readily available in the body for the formation of glutathione but cysteine is not. Cysteine is one of the precursors of glutathione. That means that glutathione cannot be formed without cysteine. You can get cysteine from your diet and its commonly found in garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, red peppers and eggs.

Functions of Glutathione

Glutathione is the body's most powerful antioxidant because it directly neutralizes free radicals and maintains vitamin C and E in their active states.

Glutathione plays an essential role in the body's cellular processes. It is used in all the biochemical and metabolic reactions that occur in the body such as DNA synthesis and repair, protein synthesis, enzymatic activity.

The immune, nervous, gastrointestinal and respiratory systems are directly affected by the state of the glutathione system in the body.

It is therefore a powerful immune booster as it plays a specific role in the detoxification of many cancer-causing substances in our environment. It detoxifies xenobiotics and other endogenous compounds by forming conjugates with them. These conjugates are usually excreted in the bile.

Low levels of glutathione in the body have been associated with the formation and progression of many diseases including cancer. Studies have shown that patients with cancer, serious chronic illness, AIDS and many other diseases have reduced glutathione levels.

Glutathione levels can be increased by eating a lot of cysteine rich foods. These can include raw food such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions and garlic. You can make delicious salads with these foods and your body will benefit highly from it.

Glutathione supplements do not increase glutathione levels because they are not absorbed efficiently from the gut. Try and get this incredibly important nutrient from food. After all, healthy cancer fighting food is nature's wonderful healing medicine.

About the Author

Dr. Amaka Nwozo is the founder of Raw Living Wellness and eMarketing Strategies Now. She is a dentist, author, wellness and digital marketing specialist. She is the author of Amazing and Raw, Raw Anticancer, Heal Autism Right Now and Social Media Marketing Nuggets. Download Amazing and Raw for free at http://rawlivingwellness.com.

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