I met Suzy Cohen in Anaheim in March of this year, at an exceptionally delicious private dinner that was sponsored by Essential Formulas when they released the introduction of 3 human strain probiotics, Reg’Activ.
Suzy’s book ‘Drug Muggers’ is on the the book shelves of most people I know. The invaluable information she has put together as a reference guide helps many people make informed decisions about which particular medical drugs they select to use, how to counter the side effects those drugs and what natural alternatives there are.
Suzy recently wrote a fabulous article on Glutathione – lots of great information to share.
She explained how we all make glutathione in our livers, that it was an antioxidant that we need, but that we waste it every day. It’s natural to the body, but it’s also sold and studied in supplement form.
One important fact about Glutathione … its the antidote to toxic adverse effects of acetaminophen (paracetamol).
Many drugs lower natural glutathione levels, as does wine, beers and alcohol. Yes, frequent hangovers deplete your glutathione levels, and that taxes your liver. There’s actually a correlation of liver disease with alcoholism.
Suzy goes on to say that not only is this antioxidant known for it’s ability to detoxify poison that is filtered through your liver but it’s also good brain food. She says that it does housekeeping on your neurons and it serves as a neurotransmitter and a nueormodulator and protects neurons from devastating insults that would otherwise kill your brain cells. Without adequate glutathione, getting rid of cellular garbage is impossible.
Glutathione is so important that when it is depleted DNA synthesis fails, genetic expression goes awry and apoptosis i.e. programmed cell death, is activated. Detoxification function within your liver and your cells fails.
She explains that several trillion mitochondria depend on glutathione for their sheer survival. You can’t birth or repair any new mitochondria either so biogenesis stops. Depleted glutathione levels usher in high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The destructive effects are felt throughout all kinds of signaling networks which trash your homeostatic balance.
This is where Essential Formulas’ recently introduced human strain probiotics, Reg’Activ, comes in, particularly the one for liver detox.
The Human Microbiome Project research has provided us with precise scientific facts. It has added to our understanding of the therapeutic value of probiotics and the growing research in this field is rapidly changing our understanding of human gut health. True probiotics are invaluable for promoting good health. Now we know, too, that certain strains of probiotics produce highly specified health benefits.
One of these strains is known as Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3.
Marika Mikelsaar, MD, PhD is an award-winning microbiologist. In 1995, together with her team of research scientists, she was responsible for isolating this particular probiotic strain.
What’s so important about this strain, Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3?
This unique strain is able to produce glutathione, the super antioxidant.
Some say that glutathione degrades in the gut when taken orally. Reg’Activ supplements address this concern by offering a human strain probiotic that produces glutathione from within the body. Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 is actually able to carry an antioxidant effect directly into the body.
Research validates that this particular strain is able to support healthy glutathione levels. It achieves this effect through three unique pathways:
- ME-3 synthesizes glutathione itself*
- ME-3 extracts available glutathione molecules from its surrounding environment*
- ME-3 recycles reduced glutathione (GSSG) back into its active state (GSH)*
Here are some of Suzy’s recommendations for enhancing Glutathione levels naturally:
- The essential fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K. These nutrients nudge the production line so that glutathione can be made.
- Consider protein supplements that contain those 3 important amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine are your recipe to make gluathione).
- Eat a nutrient dense organic diet that focus on cruciferous veggies which are full of sulfur, and other sulfur rich foods which produce glutathione.
- The essential water soluble vitamins such as vitamin C and B complex (only if methylated).
- Minerals such as zinc and selenium – glutathione is dependent on adequate amounts of these.
- Herbs such as silymarin, dandelion root, festin and berry extracts enhance antioxidant mechanisms in your body.
R lipoic acid, this is another strong sulfur-based antioxidant and chelator that works in cahoots with glutathione. You can buy this one online usually, because most people sell the inferior “alpha” lipoid acid which works, but not quite as well as the “R” isomer.