3 Reasons That Glutathione Is Necessary To Fight Diabetes

There are a lot of celebrities affected by diabetes, including singers Nell Carter and Bryan Adams, actor John Ratzenberger, and chef Paula Deen. With both a parent and a sibling who suffer from diabetes, it is a disease that my family takes seriously as well.

American comedienne Sherri Shepherd, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes, once shared, “Diabetes is not like a cancer, where you go in for chemo and radiation. You can change a lot through a basic changing of habits.” Although not all patients can do this, she manages her disease without medication.

Not only is my family conscious about the amount of sugar in our diet, but we also make a conscious choice to set aside the electronics to spend time on physical activities, like hiking and swimming, to help prevent diabetes. We also make sure to get plenty of vitamins and nutrients, including glutathione, both through diet and a supplement.

Glutathione and Diabetes

On an episode of his popular daytime television show during the fall of 2012, Dr. Oz called glutathione “the most powerful antioxidant that you have never heard of” and claimed that it is “the key to fighting of the diseases that people fear the most”. And he is absolutely correct!

One of those diseases that people fear is diabetes. However there is much research about the relationship between glutathione and, as Dr. Oz said on his program, “the diseases that people fear the most”, including diabetes because glutathione is naturally produced in the body.

How much glutathione you have in your body is one way that doctors can gauge your overall wellness. The more inflammation and free radicals that exist in your body, the more glutathione your body will use up in the fight to stay healthy.

How Glutathione Helps Fight Diabetes

Higher levels of glutathione will help ensure your physical well-being, even if you think you are already well, as well as help prevent some diseases. If you have a disease, glutathione can help alleviate the symptoms. Here are some other benefits of glutathione for diabetes patients.

1. PROTECTS AGAINST FREE RADICALS – Free radicals are damaged cells that create the perfect conditions for inflammation to exist within your body. Inflammation suspends the immune system which leaves you vulnerable to illness and disease.

2. BUILDS UP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – In the course of fighting off inflammation, glutathione strengthens the immune system. A stronger immune system allows you to fight off symptoms related to diabetes, as well as prevent some other forms of disease.

3. NEUTRALIZES TOXINS IN THE LIVER – Glutathione is the liver’s right-hand antioxidant and works to purge toxins from your body. This includes ones that compromise your immune system and leave you wide open to diseases such as diabetes.

Because your body needs more glutathione to fight off inflammation and free radicals that cause disease, you may find yourself in need of more than usual. However taking a supplement that contains glutathione before getting sick can help prevent some diseases from happening at all.

How Much Glutathione Do You Need?

So how much glutathione does your body need for optimal health? Medical professionals suggest that you get at least 80-200 mg of glutathione every day. That’s because the older you get, the less glutathione is produced naturally within your body.

Although glutathione is a protein-based antioxidant, there is no food source that will provide your body with that amount of glutathione. However there are plenty of supplements on the market that not only claim to have enough glutathione to keep your body healthy, but that are also safe for those suffering from diabetes.

It is important to select a supplement that can be broken down naturally by stomach acids, in the same way that stomach acids break down food. This allows your body to absorb glutathione directly into the cells to enhance your body’s natural production of the antioxidant.

Any other form of glutathione supplement is unstable and will not get far past the digestive system, much less into the bloodstream where it can be carried to the parts of the body that need it the most. This provides no benefit at all to diabetes patients, or anyone else!

The best form of glutathione to take is acetyl glutathione, which is absorbed intact and promotes the natural growth of the antioxidant within your body’s cells. This is especially true if you find your body’s natural supply of glutathione reduced in its fight against a diease, such as diabetes.

Freelance writer Becky Muth was first published in high school, but time, marriage, and motherhood led her away from her first love. Now that her sons are teenagers she has returned to writing full time. Whether scouring sites like http://www.healthtraits.org/ to fact check information or writing something that is complete fiction, she enjoys every aspect of it.

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