Free radicals damage cells in our bodies every second of our lives. Molecules with weak bonds split and one portion is left with an unpaired electron pair. This is called a free radical.
They are very unstable. They attempt to stabilize, as rapidly as possible, by ripping an electron off the nearest stable molecule. The formerly stable molecule now becomes a free radical. It begins a chain reaction until a molecule can lose an electron and not become a free radical.
Free radicals are also generated from the normal actions of metabolism (breathing, digestion, etc.). Environmental factors, such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, etc., also spawn free radicals.
Antioxidants are stable with paired or unpaired electron structures. They can easily give up an electron and not become a free radical. Antioxidants attack free radicals and neutralize them. Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables, especially those containing lively colors – red, yellow, orange, purple, etc.
There are other supporters of immune health. Glutathione is one of the top, if not the top, defender of your immune system.
It aggressively neutralizes free radicals continuously. It is critical for our health to maintain high levels of glutathione in our bodies at all times.
Glutathione is not a supplement that we can ingest directly. It can’t travel through stomach acid intact. We can, however, eat foods with the precursors of glutathione. Examples of these precursors that will cause our bodies to create glutathione are:
● Glutamine (protein-rich foods)
● Glycine (protein-rich foods)
● Cysteine (animal and cereal proteins)
● N-acetylcysteine (NAC) (protein-rich foods)
Glutamine and glycine are non-essential amino acids and are made in our bodies. They are available in the foods we eat. Cysteine is also considered a non-essential amino acid because it is made from methionine. However, methionine is an essential amino acid and must be obtained from food.
Glutathione is called the ‘master’ antioxidant. I have a conversation with a fellow health nut periodically about what is the ‘master’ molecule for our health. He claims it is glutathione, and many nutritionists agree with him.
I have always considered pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is also an antioxidant. It stimulates nerve growth factor (NGF) synthesis and secretion. PQQ protects cells from oxidative damage and supports our body’s metabolism and healthy aging.
I claim it to be the ‘master’ molecule because it can pass through the blood-brain-barrier and can be regenerated over 20,000 times. One molecule of PQQ acts as if it was an army of over 20,000 molecules. It fights free radicals in our brains. It promotes cognitive health and memory by inhibiting mitochondrial dysfunction and protects our neurons.
PQQ can be found in parsley, papaya, green bell peppers, oolong, and green teas. Eggs and dairy also contain PQQ.
Glutathione and PQQ are both masters at what they do in our bodies. I believe it is the perspective and definition of the word ‘master’ molecule that separates my opinion from my friends. Regardless, we need as many of these molecules and others to enjoy great and long-lasting health.
Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin