Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for October 21, 2007

Time to change up the vitamins a little. Today I’m going to add potassium. People with stressed adrenals are supposed to be low in potassium and it’s something I’ve added here and there but to change things up, I’ll add it again. I’ve also read about people with high sugar diets who can have low levels of potassium. It’s worth trying it again. I’m always thinking that I’m missing something obvious or overlooked something simple but until I get it, I will keep trying…

Also been doing a lot of reading about something called Glutathione and how a supplement called “NAC” can help.

7 Natural Ways To Increase Glutathione Production

Glutathione has recently become a cornerstone to improving health naturally.

You may already be aware that increasing the amount of glutathione your body produces each day is very beneficial to many of the natural systems that make and keep you HEALTHY.

Hopefully, you are also keenly aware that your personal level of glutathione directly affects your body’s ability to reduce and control chronic inflammation.

So, how does one increase personal glutathione production?

7 Natural Glutathione Boosters

L-Cysteine
Since the amount of cysteine in our body determines how much glutathione your body can make, why not just eat cysteine as a supplement? Well, you can, but research shows there would be negligible benefits and potential risks. Cysteine taken as a dietary supplement can promote hypercysteinemia and potential toxicity.

L-Methionine
Methionine is indeed a precursor of glutathione but the metabolic transformation of methionine into glutathione is a complex process which has the potential for “going astray”. For example, methionine is also a precursor of homocysteine, a risk factor in the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Melatonin
Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in the brain and has many roles in the body, one being its ability to raise glutathione levels in certain tissues of the body, including brain, liver, and muscle tissue. The long term safety of products that promote melatonin production has not been established and should be used in consultation with appropriate health professionals.

Glutamine
Glutamine is an amino acid found in abundance in our body. It is tremendously beneficial to the body and is easily found in a healthy diet. Also, supplemental glutamine must be kept absolutely dry or it will degrade into ammonia, a toxin to the body. Due to its abundance in a healthy diet and the risks of storing it, glutamine is not an ideal supplement.

Lipoic Acid (alpha-lipoic acid)
Lipoic acid occurs naturally in the body but can also be taken as a supplement with effectiveness. This supplement works well in conjunction with healthy levels of glutathione but studies show that if taken by a person whose glutathione levels are too low, lipoic acid actually promotes oxidation.

Silymarin (milk thistle)
This herbal extract seems to stimulate the growth and regeneration of damaged liver cells but also has been shown to significantly increase glutathione production. However, some toxic reactions are noted by some, such as gas, cramps and diarrhea.

Whey Proteins
Fresh or “bioactive” milk whey contains potent glutathione precursors. Unfortunately, by the time milk reaches your table, it has been pasteurized and has lost its bioactivity, and its glutathione enhancing benefits. However, a neutraceutical called Immunocal is available which is essentially the whey proteins harvested from milk and kept in a bioactive or undenatured state. There are no known side effects associated with taking bioactive whey proteins and, since there is no lactose in whey proteins, lactose intolerant people are not adversely affected.

Here’s another suggestion I found:

Raise glutathione levels:

  • Selenium 200 mcg/day
  • N-acetyl-cysteine 1-2000 mg/day (especially if prone to nasal congestion)
  • l-glutamine: 3,000 mg/day (especially if prone to stomach irritation)
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January 17, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 04, 2007

Still a little concerned about my “yellow” skin colour, I went to the health food store to see what I could find. I looked at all of the supplements that can help the liver and settled on a Milk Thistle complex that also contains Dandelion.

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

Milk thistle is believed to have protective effects on the liver and improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders.

Milk thistle seeds contain silymarin, a powerful antioxidant that has been found effective against free-radical producing toxins in the liver. Silymarin increases the amount present of one of the liver’s most important detoxification enzymes, glutathione. Silymarin also inhibits the action of the enzyme lipoxygenase, which triggers the release of damaging leukotrienes. Finally, silymarin actually appears to stimulate protein synthesis in the liver, leading to an increase in the number of new liver cells to replace old, damaged cells. There have been more than 300 studies of silymarin. In one double-blind clinical trial, silymarin demonstrated impressive results in 129 patients suffering from various kinds of liver damage after 35 days of treatment, as compared with a control group of 56 patients. In a follow-up study lasting seven weeks, biopsies showed a remarkable return to normal cell structure, even in severely damaged livers. Other studies have supported the efficacy of silymarin in treating individuals with liver damage due to long-term exposure to toxic chemicals, alcohol-related cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

Dandelion has been used effectively for jaundice and inflammation of the liver. Like the globe artichoke, dandelion may help curtail the development of gallstones.

March 4, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

   

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