Before we take a look at the science behind this staggeringly significant discovery, you would probably like to know why glutathione is significant to you.
Well, you will be interested to know that there are scientists, researchers and doctors who have known for some time that glutathione levels in the cells of Parkinson’s patients are extremely low - AS LOW AS 2% OF NORMAL!
Science has also known that when the glutathione levels in these patients are raised, the patients improve; often dramatically. The problem is that the treatment is expensive, difficult and inconvenient, as it is administered through IV. The patient must visit a hospital three or four times a week.
That is…. until now.
Today, you don’t have to have an IV stuck in your arm three times a week. You don’t have to travel to a hospital and back three times a week. Isn’t that great news?
Today, there is a new way of raising glutathione levels in the cells of your body that is safe, easy, natural and effective as proven by science.
Aren’t you extremely glad to hear that? Of course you are. And, this website tells you all about the substance that can give you your life back.
You can click on the the only formulation link to find out all about it. Plus, you will also read about it later on in this section.
But first, let’s go over the science behind glutathione. Since you clicked to this page, you obviously have a desire to understand the role of Glutathione in your system more thoroughly.
And, it is the goal of this section on the science to get you there. By the time you finish reading the following, you will be somewhat of an expert on the subject!
The science is simple, and the material is written in plain language, so it is easy to grasp. If you are a scientist, doctor or researcher and you want more medically targeted information, you may prefer to check out our references page. There you will find links and/or contact details for the kind of reports you are looking for.
But, if you are okay with plain language . . . then let’s get started.
In the following paragraphs, we will answer questions that may be coming up for you at this point. Questions like…. What is Glutathione (GSH)? Why is it so important? Has science proven its effectiveness? How can it improve my overall health?
And your most burning question…. “How will it alleviate the symptoms of my Parkinson’s Disease?”
FREE-RADICALS AND ANTI-OXIDANTS
Okay, well... before we get into the science of glutathione, we need to take a step or two back, and talk about the science behind free-radicals and anti-oxidants.
We need to talk about these because recent research has revealed an important finding… analysis of the brain tissue affected by Parkinson’s disease shows damage consistent with extensive oxidative stress and the circulation of free-radicals that follows it.
No doubt you have probably heard of free-radicals, oxidative stress and anti-oxidants. But when it comes to what they really are and what they do, well, if you’re like most people, things are a bit fuzzy.
So, let’s go over these.
What Are Free-radicals?
Free-radicals are very dangerous molecules and are the foundational basis to most diseases.
Free-radicals are electrically unstable molecules. They are unstable because they are lacking a proton that they need desperately. That proton is a hydrogen atom. And, they will stop at nothing to get one!
They run around your system, stealing hydrogen atoms from your healthy cells. The problem is that they damage your healthy cells in the process. Not only from the holes it punches in the wall of the cell to get the hydrogen atom, but also, it leaves your healthy cell minus a hydrogen atom. Which means what?
You guessed it…. now, that cell is also a free-radical! And, as such, it now goes out looking for healthy cells to steal a hydrogen atom from, too. And, on and on goes the process.
Science indicates healthy cells are destroyed exponentially. The increasing number of free-radicals in your body is multiplying the damage being done in your body.
This ‘cascade’ of free-radical damage is called Oxidative Stress. We will talk more about that shortly.
But first, you may be asking, “So, where did these free-radical cells come from? How did they get in my body?”
Every cell in your body faces challenges from both outside of it, and from inside of it.
Science shows outside challenges come from exposure to pollutants, infections, ultra violet rays, chemicals, pesticides, drugs, allergens, toxins, carcinogens… and the list goes on.
These things damage cells and produce free-radicals, which steal hydrogen atoms from healthy cells to stabilize itself, which produces more free-radicals.
Every day, every one of your cells goes through chemical reactions called ‘metabolism’. This is a necessary, natural and normal process. But, one of the byproducts of metabolism is… free-radicals!
That’s right! Your own body produces free-radicals and releases them into your system!
The process is something like running the engine of your car, which produces waste-products called exhaust. Common, everyday cellular metabolism causes waste-products, too… and those waste-products are free-radicals.
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE DAMAGE?
So, these free-radicals are coming at you from two sources, multiplying, and doing damage to the cells in your body. So, what kind of damage are we talking about?
Let’s describe a healthy cell as a bag of water. And, inside the bag are a few items: a nucleus, some mitochondria, and some lysomes.
The nucleus is the cell’s headquarters. All information about the cell is in the nucleus, including your DNA.
The mitochondria are the cell’s power source. The energy for the cell comes from these.
The lysomes are little bags that contain digestive enzymes. Whatever the cell eats is digested here.
Okay, now imagine what happens when a free-radical molecule comes along, and punches a hole in the cell membrane. What happens? Science tells us that the fluid in the cell leaks out, compromising the integrity of the cell.
Now, what if the free-radical punches a hole in the lysome bag? Science tells us that digestive enzymes spill out into the body of the cell, digesting it from the inside out!
If the mitochondria suffer damage from the free-radical, the cell loses energy. You get a tired cell. You know the feeling, right? Science suggests that this may be a cause of fatigue in people.
Here comes the really scary part…. When a free-radical gets to the nucleus of your cell, the damage there is serious. This is where your DNA is stored! DNA is the blueprint that is used to create new cells. When the free-radical damages the blueprint, the body will create altered cells.
Scientists believe it is this type of damage that may be causing cancer. Cancer cells are very similar to normal cells, but there’s something different that causes them to behave differently; i.e. growing into a tumor.
So, you can now see why free-radicals are very dangerous molecules. They are created from both inside and outside the cells. And, they will stop at nothing to satisfy themselves, even if they do damage.
Every day, every cell in your body faces the challenge of free-radical damage… or oxidative stress.
You have seen oxidative stress when you’ve sliced an apple and left it on a plate for several hours. It turns brown, right?
You’ve seen what happens to some metals when left out in the rain. They get rusted, right?
Well, when your body experiences oxidative stress, it’s kind of like rusting from the inside out.
The science behind oxidative stress has proven that it causes premature aging and degeneration. Some scientists actually say we are not aging year by year, but rather one oxidized cell at a time!
SO, HOW DO WE SURVIVE AT ALL?
You may be wondering… if free-radicals damage cells, and those damaged cells then also become free-radicals, then, with this kind of exponential damage, how do we survive at all?
Well, in fact, if this process were allowed to continue without counteractive methods, we would in fact not survive. We would be dead in about a month.
The good news is that your body has a system in place to counteract the activity of free-radicals. That system consists of Anti-oxidants.
Anti-oxidants are proton donors – hydrogen atom donors. As you remember, free-radicals are each lacking a hydrogen atom and are stealing them from your healthy cells, and doing damage to those cells in the process.
So, anti-oxidants stabilize and neutralize the free-radicals by freely giving them the hydrogen atoms they so desperately seek.
What are some of the common anti-oxidants that you have probably heard about?
Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidanat. Folic Acid and Co-enzyme Q10 are anti-oxidants.
And, there are many, many more. Actually, there are thousands of anti-oxidants built into the system. Thank goodness!!
And, here is where Glutathione comes in…
(At last! We’re finally going to find out what it is!!)
GLUTATHIONE / GSH IS THE MASTER ANTI-OXIDANT
Why is Glutathione a ‘master’ anti-oxidant? Science gives us four reasons:
1. Glutathione freely and abundantly gives hydrogen atoms to free-radical molecules.
2. Glutathione also repairs the damage already done to cells by free-radicals.
3. Glutathione is a detoxifier – flushing toxins out of the cells.
4. Glutathione recharges other anti-oxidants! Let’s take a closer look at this one...
When an anti-oxidant gives its hydrogen atom to a free-radical to prevent it from stealing one from a healthy cell, it is now without a hydrogen atom itself. It goes running to glutathione, and glutathione gives it another hydrogen atom, so it can go back out there to find another free-radical to neutralize.
So, glutathione helps other anti-oxidants do what they do better and continuously. Now, that’s a Master Anti-oxidant!
“Okay, so glutathione is the master anti-oxidant. How can I get more of it into my system?” you ask.
Before we get to that, it is important for you to know the science or the make-up, of glutathione. Glutathione is made up of three amino acids. They are Glycine, Cysteine and Glutamine.
If you would like a more in depth look at the science on glutathione check out the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) slide show at this link (a new window will open so you will back here when you close the slide show) FDA.
The most crucial of the three amino acids is the Cysteine, because it is the one that has the proton donator arm. It is also the most difficult to get.
Glycine and glutamine are easy to come by. They are readily available in many of the foods we eat; the body can easily assimilate them from those foods when ingested.
Science has found out that Cysteine, on the other hand, is hard to get from food. But, when it is occasionally ingested with food, it is then difficult to get it from the gut into the cells. This is because a cysteine molecule by itself is toxic. Your body’s defense system will oxidize it and destroy it.
However, two cysteine molecules linked together – then called cystine – will be allowed to travel unharmed from the gut to the cell.
Once these cystine molecules enter the cell, and join up with glutamine and glycine, they form glutathione.
Okay, so now scientists know, and we know, what it takes to make glutathione in your body. It takes ingesting cysteine molecules linked together, so they can travel from gut to cell unharmed.
The next question is…”From what foods can I get cystine? What do I have to eat to get cystine into my cells so it can make more glutathione for my system?”
A safe, natural and effective source of cystine is….. un-denatured whey.
That’s right… whey. Remember ‘whey’? As in… ‘curds and whey’?
Yes, it’s the watery part of milk. But, not any milk. You see, commercial milk is heat-pasteurized and homogenized – and thus, denatured. These processes destroy the bio-activity in the whey. Meaning, the two cysteine molecules that are linked together in the raw milk, are broken apart.
And, we know that cysteine molecules that are not linked, will not make it into our cells.
So, it is only un-denatured whey that is bio-active, and again science has shown that it is a bountiful source of the crucial cysteine-cysteine linked molecules. Un-denatured whey protein. Remember that.
There are all kinds of whey protein supplements available in your health food stores, however, all whey proteins are not created equal. Of course, all whey is nutritious. But, not all are bio-active. Only un-denatured whey is bio-active.
Only un-denatured whey protein will increase the levels of glutathione in your cells. And, we know that is significant, because glutathione is a powerful anti-oxidant… a detoxifier…. a cell-repairer… and a recharger of other anti-oxidants.
See what else science has to say about this.
If you can raise the levels of glutathione in your body, every cell in your body becomes stronger. Which makes glutathione a crucial anti-oxidant for overall health.
HOW WILL GLUTATHIONE ALLEVIATE THE SYMPTOMS OF MY PARKINSON’S?
You are probably already beginning to see what the answer to that question is, right?
As mentioned earlier, recent research has revealed a very important finding, which is that an analysis of the brain tissue affected by PD, shows damage consistent with extensive oxidative stress and the circulation of free-radicals that follows it.
That scientific analysis also showed that glutathione levels in these tissues are particularly low. In fact, a striking feature of Parkinson’s is an approximate 40% decrease of glutathione during the early stages of the disease. And, in advanced PD the levels can drop to as low as 2%!
Can you see how the cascade of free-radical damage – the oxidative stress – would go almost unchecked with glutathione levels this low?! The proof is in the science and the results.
Although it is not known whether this drop in glutathione levels is a cause or a symptom of this damage, the results are the same. But here is the good news…
Science has proven that elevated glutathione levels slow brain tissue damage! Some symptoms may even be reversed!
Scientists have done many studies on methods of raising those glutathione levels. There are certain drugs and drug therapies that have had positive results. But, today there is a product that will raise glutathione levels WITHOUT pharmaceutical drugs. That product is the un-denatured whey protein we discussed above.
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