This Anti-Aging Weapon Combats Aging Like None Other
In today’s world, there’s no escaping the environmental toxins that are all around us. They’re in our food, our water, the air we breathe and everything we touch.
These toxins not only accumulate in our body and disrupt the function of our organs but they also create oxidative stress that can damage our DNA. In fact, DNA damage that results from oxidative stress is a major contributing factor to the development of many serious health issues.
The Toxic World We Live In
It may shock you to learn that most of us are exposed to hundreds of different chemical toxins everyday just from ordinary personal care products such as shampoos, moisturizers, shaving creams, makeup, cleansers and deodorants. Some of the most toxic of the chemicals commonly found in these products are substances such as phthalates and parabens that are known to disrupt the delicate balance of the endocrine system, which regulates sex hormones, thyroid hormones and even blood sugar balance.1,2
In addition, many of the pesticides and herbicides used to produce much of our food are known carcinogens, some of which have been tied to significantly increased risk of serious neurological issues. The way some of these pesticides work to kill insects is by creating free radicals, which can do a lot of damage to our bodies when we consume even trace amounts of these chemicals on a regular basis.3
And did you know that most municipal water supplies are simply treated sewer water? Just about every major city’s water supply has tested positive for antibiotic, birth control, anti-depressant and pesticide residues, as well as heavy metals.4 These chemicals put stress on the liver no matter how you are exposed to them. In addition, our detoxification pathways are further taxed by the high levels of chlorine used to sterilize our water, along with added fluoride.
In order to stay healthy, we all need to detoxify. Our body’s detoxification systems were not designed to keep up with the onslaught of chemicals now found in modern life. This makes it absolutely essential to take daily steps to support and enhance our natural detoxification pathways. And by far, the most powerful natural detoxifying nutrient our bodies produce is glutathione.
Glutathione plays an especially critical role in the phase of detoxification in which toxins processed by the liver are prepared for elimination. A lack of available glutathione can cause harmful chemicals to be recirculated back into the body or, worse yet, can leave toxins stuck in an intermediate phase of detoxification, which is often more harmful than its original state.
Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant
Biochemical science has shown us that oxidative stress is a major factor in many health issues, impacting our heart and brain function — and even our blood sugar levels. And poor diets, environmental toxins, physical and emotional stress, as well as alcohol consumption and smoking, are all linked to increased levels of the destructive oxidative molecules in our body known as free radicals. Reducing free radical damage through lifestyle, diet and nutritional supplementation has shown to be an effective strategy for supporting the health of our organs.
For many years, antioxidants like vitamins C and E were considered the best ways to fight free radicals. But recent research is showing that glutathione is, in fact, the most potent antioxidant of them all. It plays a particularly key role in helping our body eliminate toxins via its role in liver detoxification.5
Unlike vitamins, which our body cannot produce, glutathione is made in every cell and in particularly high amounts in the liver. It is considered the most powerful antioxidant in our body because of its incredible ability to neutralize free radicals and because it activates the natural antioxidant defense system engineered by our cells, acting like a shield to protect our DNA and vital cellular structures from free radical damage.
Unfortunately, natural glutathione levels can decline by up to 50% below optimal levels as you age, making you more vulnerable to serious health issues.6
The Right Way to Boost Your Glutathione Levels
One way to boost glutathione levels is with sulfur-rich foods, such as cruciferous vegetables. Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale are among the best dietary sources of glutathione boosting nutrients. In particular, broccoli sprouts contain not just high levels of sulfur, but also contain another compound called glucoraphanin, which has been shown to increase liver detoxification and support glutathione levels.
As you can imagine, the vast majority of Americans do not consume enough of these sulfur-rich food to maintain adequate levels of glutathione.
Clinical research has shown that daily oral glutathione supplementation does increase blood levels of glutathione in humans However, glutathione can be difficult to absorb when taken by itself. But recently, researchers have discovered that some specific nutrients and herbs can help significantly increase cellular glutathione production. With the right combination of nutrients, you can boost glutathione levels and unlock this free radical-fighting powerhouse stored inside each of your cells!
So in order to get the full range of its benefits, glutathione should be taken in conjunction with these specific nutrients:
Milk Thistle: This herb has been shown through extensive human and animal research to protect liver cells from damage due to toxic exposure and can even help liver cells to regenerate. The mechanism involves milk thistle’s ability to prevent the uptake of toxins into the liver cells. Silymarin, one of the active ingredients in milk thistle, has been shown to boost glutathione levels by preventing its breakdown when exposure to toxic compounds occurs.9,10,11
N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC): This critical amino acid is a building block of glutathione. When taken orally, it can provide the amounts of the amino acid cysteine needed to boost glutathione levels in the body, helping to replenish intracellular stores of glutathione, supporting the entire immune system and acting as a potent antioxidant.12
Selenium: This important mineral plays many roles in cellular metabolism, with one of its most important functions being the regulation of the enzyme that helps glutathione neutralize free radicals.13 Glutathione peroxidase is the enzyme in the body that is needed to neutralize free radicals. Without this enzyme and the necessary selenium to power it, your glutathione cannot be utilized to combat oxidative stress. It is widely known that the co-administration of selenium with glutathione or glutathione precursors enhances the protective antioxidant properties of glutathione.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: This nutrient is a close second to glutathione when it comes to antioxidant support. It has a unique property of being both water and fat-soluble, unlike many other water-soluble only antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. It has also been shown to recycle antioxidants, including glutathione, once they have been used to quench free radicals giving them a second life for protecting cells. In fact, human studies have demonstrated the ability of orally administered alpha lipoic acid to significantly boost blood glutathione levels.14
While avoiding oxidative stress and dangerous toxins is virtually impossible in this day and age, supporting glutathione production in your body is an easy and critical component to staying healthy as you age. Supplementing with glutathione in combination with the other nutrients mentioned in this article ensures that your cells will get a significant glutathione boost.
The Easy Way to Start a Detox Plan That Works!
I hope I’ve convinced you of the importance of a making sure your body is supported by adequate levels of glutathione, because it plays such a crucial role in the detoxification process and serves as your primary cellular antioxidant. I think you’ll be amazed as to how quickly boosting your levels can help you revitalize your health from head to toe. You’ll feel better, look better and have much more energy.
The supplement industry is flooded with products that promote detoxification. Some are expensive programs that require major dietary changes and some are nothing more than laxatives. While there may be a place and time for each of those, the most effective way to rid your body of toxins is through a daily detoxification regimen.
The All-In-One Supplement I Recommend to My Patients
I feel it is of the utmost importance that people promote daily detoxification through a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. However, I also advocate that my patients take additional steps to boost antioxidant levels and support the detoxification pathways of their body using nutrients. For years, I could not find an affordable all-in-one detox support product that contained clinically validated doses of the most important nutrients needed for daily detox.
In fact, I got so frustrated with trying to find a high quality product and hearing patients complain about the high cost of the available cleanses, that I decided to partner with Stop Aging Now to develop a detoxification formula called Synergy7® that is gentle, effective and very affordable.
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Synergy7 includes clinically researched doses of glutathione, as well as all of the glutathione boosting nutrients described above including milk thistle, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, alpha lipoic acid and selenium to support antioxidant protection, optimal liver function, daily detoxification of environmental toxins, balanced hormones and optimal overall wellness — all in just 2 small capsules per day. (No messy powders, complicated protocols or restrictive diets).
And for a limited time, Live in the Now readers can try Synergy7 for as low as $14.95 per bottle with free shipping! And because I’m so confident it works, it also comes with an unbeatable 365-day return policy.
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Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.