One of the ways your body achieves this is by using antioxidants to limit free radical damage that would undermine your health. Free radicals are reactive particles that bounce around your cells, damaging everything they touch. They become active (or reactive) due to stress, poor diets, toxins in your environment, and even as a result of the process of metabolism. They increase with aging and accelerate aging.
Fortunately your body has a number of antioxidants that help to sweep up free radicals and neutralize them so they can’t rob you of your good health.
You have an antioxidant network comprised of vitamins, minerals, and special chemicals called thiols (glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid).
But the thiol glutathione seems to have a unique role. It seems to have claimed lead status, and keeps all the other antioxidants in line and performing at peak level.
Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants in your body. It is present in every one of your cells. It’s different from other antioxidants in that it is actually inside your cells. It can maximize the activity of all the other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and the fresh veggies and fruits you eat every day.
So the main function of glutathione is to protect your cells and mitochondria from oxidative and peroxidative damage. As might be expected, the aging process reduces your body’s ability to produce glutathione.
Glutathione doesn’t appear to be as effective in supplement form as it is in real food.
Most oral glutathione supplements have been shown to be poorly absorbed and a waste of your hard-earned money. And ironically, glutathione supplements may actually interfere with your body’s own ability to produce glutathione naturally over time.
How to Boost Your Glutathione Levels Naturally
If you can enhance internal glutathione production, you’ll strengthen your immune system in a way that shields you from many of the adverse effects of aging.
One way to boost your glutathione levels is to get plenty of exercise – because exercise affects your adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels, and you need ATP to produce glutathione. That’s a major reason exercise is so beneficial to your health.
There’s also some evidence that vitamin D increases intracellular glutathione levels.
Keeping your glutathione levels up is a matter of increasing factors that boost your glutathione and decreasing factors that lower it. Chemicals, toxins, and sugar will deplete your glutathione very quickly.
What foods increase it? Certain foods, such as raw milk products, raw eggs, and meat contain high concentrations of the precursor amino acids that your body uses to make glutathione. The highest levels of these precursor amino acids actually occur in fresh, uncooked meats and raw milk, but is almost entirely absent in pasteurized dairy products.
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide excellent glutathione, but once cooked, values become negligible. Spinach, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, squash, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, walnuts, garlic, and tomatoes are the highest plant sources of these important amino acid precursors.
The herb milk thistle is an excellent source of the antioxidant compound silymarin, which may help prevent glutathione depletion in your liver. Glutathione is crucial in the liver for detoxification and can become depleted by alcohol consumption and general toxic overload.
Curcumin may also be useful for increasing glutathione levels.
But the overall top food for maximizing your glutathione is high quality whey protein. It must be cold pressed whey protein derived from grass fed cows, and free of hormones, chemicals, and sugar.
Quality whey provides all the key amino acids for glutathione production (cysteine, glycine and glutamate) and contains a unique cysteine residue (glutamylcysteine) that is highly bioactive in its affinity for converting to glutathione.
Glutamylcysteine is a bonded cysteine molecule (cysteine plus glutamate) that naturally occurs in Bovine Serum Albumin – a fragile immune component of whey. This unique cysteine is exclusive to whey and rarely appears in other protein foods – which makes whey protein the best glutathione-promoting food source.*
Furthermore, whey provides critical co-factors, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and alpha Lactalbumin (also a great source of cysteine), which together help create the right metabolic environment for high glutathione activity.
Dr. Mercola’s website offers the following high-quality whey:
|Pro-Optimal Whey: If you’re looking for a multipurpose protein powder — one that serves as a meal replacement, has additional vitamins and minerals, plus a full spectrum enzyme, then Pro-Optimal Whey is your choice.*|
|Miracle Whey™: Your choice for an immune boosting protein powder.* Miracle Whey™ is, in my opinion, the best tasting and comes in the largest variety of flavors: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, blueberry, banana, and peanut butter (made from organic peanuts).|
|Whey Protein with Aminogen: Protein Powder enhanced with Aminogen — an enzyme that aids with the absorption of amino acids by efficiently breaking down protein.* It’s your perfect choice if you have trouble digesting protein or seek quick muscle recovery after exercising.*|
|Pea Protein: Perfect if you’re a vegetarian, lactose intolerant, or if you’re just looking to vary your protein source.|
Not All Whey Powders are Equal
For starters, many commercially-available whey protein powders are significantly damaged and nutritionally deficient due to over-processing and because the original source of the whey is compromised.
Plus, some popular leading brands of protein powder may contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. A recent Consumer Reports’ test showed that 3 of the 15 protein drinks tested contained risky levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead.
This all means that before you’ve even opened the container, you’re in trouble. And that’s just not right. That’s why I created a list that compares do’s and don’ts when choosing a quality whey protein powder.
Do yourself a favor… Check out this list and make sure you’re buying a whey protein powder that has all nine of these qualities needed to be a real winner…
The 9 Essentials to Look For in Your Whey Protein Powder
- All-natural, grass fed cows’ whey, NOT pesticide-treated, grain-fed cows’ whey
Compared to grain-fed cows, grass fed cows produce whey that:
- Is nutritionally superior to grain fed
- Contains an impressive amino acid and immuno-supportive nutrient profile
- Is rich in healthy fats–lipolic acid and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
Hormone-free Cows, NOT hormonally-treated cows
Many American dairy farmers inject the hormone rBGH in dairy cows to increase milk production. This hormone has been linked to serious disease and illness, including cancer. Choose whey made from hormone-free cows.
- Cold processed, NOT heat processed
Most whey is heat processed which:
- Makes the whey acidic and nutritionally deficient
- Damages the immuno-supportive micronutrients and amino acids
- Makes whey inadequate for consumption
Cold processed whey protects the nutrients in their natural state.
- Acid-free processing, NOT Acid / Ion Exchange Processing
Acid / Ion Exchange Processing is cheaper than acid-free processing, but it denatures the amino acid profiles by using acids and chemicals to separate the whey from the fats.
- Whey protein concentrate, NOT protein isolates
Protein isolates are proteins stripped away from their nutritional cofactors. There are three problems with that…
- All isolates are exposed to acid processing.
- Your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form.
- Due to over-processing, isolates are deficient in key amino acids and nutritional cofactors.
Most whey products are artificially sweetened making them useless if you have sugar sensitivities, or just don’t want to put artificial sweeteners or flavors into your body.
Your whey should be low glycemic, low carb and should not contain any artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohol, glycerin, fructose, sugar or gluten.
- Maximum biological value, NOT compromised or damaged
Most whey proteins provide some benefit. But, due to the ingredients, the source of the whey, the concentration of beneficial nutrients, or the type of processing, many whey products simply don’t deliver what they promise.
You want whey that’s guaranteed to retain its maximum biological value — one with all the key amino acids, cofactors and beneficial micronutrients present and intact rather than compromised or damaged, and not missing any amino acids or essential nutrients.
- Easy to Digest, NOT Causing Digestive Stress
Many whey products contain long-chain fatty acids which are hard to digest and require bile acids to absorb.
You want a whey protein powder with medium chain triglycerides (MCT). These are easily absorbed, digested quickly, and utilized as energy without causing digestive stress.
Ideally, you want a product in which the MCT come from the best source of all — coconut oil.
- Free from Toxic Heavy Metals or at Such Low Levels NOT to be a Health Risk
Many protein powders both whey and non-whey could contain dangerous levels of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic.
A recent Consumer Reports’ evaluation showed some leading brands of protein powders exceeded United States Pharmacopoeia’s (USP) recommended safety limits for certain heavy metals.
You want to avoid these products at all costs because any high concentration of heavy metals taken over time could lead to serious health consequences.
I realize that’s a lot to look for in a whey protein powder, but it’s absolutely worth your time and health.
You can search your local health food store’s shelves and you might find one or two products that have some of the things you want, but that’s unlikely… especially finding one that doesn’t contain any of the things you don’t want with those you do.
But, I’m about to make it easy for you.
I’ve actually created a whey protein powder that I believe is far superior to others on the market.*
It has everything you want, nothing you don’t want… plus, it actually tastes really, really great!
The High-Quality Whey to Achieve Better Health
After discovering how most whey protein powders just didn’t live up to what your body really needs, I knew I had to take everything I’d learned and create a winning whey protein powder.
Miracle Whey™ is the result of years of development.
Take a look at just a few of the benefits you’ll receive when you supplement your daily diet with Miracle Whey:
- Made from all-natural grass fed cows’ whey, providing more of nature’s nutrients
- Is certified free of GMO ingredients, pesticides, and chemicals, protecting you from the damaging effects of chemicals and hormones*
- Is cold processed, and never processed with acid chemicals, thereby retaining all its natural goodness
- Provides all key amino acids, so you get all the protein building blocks your body needs*
- Retains maximum biological value with beneficial micronutrients intact*
- Contains the highest concentration of leucine of any dairy product, said to increase energy levels and support building of muscle mass*
- Contains water-soluble fiber, which supports healthy blood sugar levels* and prebiotic properties*
- Contains 25% or more glycomacropeptides for immune support, high energy, muscle building and recovery after exercise*
- Contains MCTs from all-natural coconut oil for easy digestion and fast energy*
- Rich in glutamic acid and branch chain amino acids which aid muscle-building and recovery *
- Contains all whey microfructures, immunoglobulins and lactoferins, promoting your healthy immune function and healthy flora balance*
- No sugar, sugar alcohol or artificial sweeteners added that detract from the positive benefits of whey.
- Includes the same immuno compounds that are found naturally in human breast milk — responsible for providing newborns with their immune defense*
- Promotes satiety, so compulsive craving for refined carbs and sweets is curbed*
- Comes in your choice of six delicious flavors with no aftertaste like some powders on the market. Available in vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, blueberry, banana and peanut butter (made from all-organic peanuts)
Plus, Miracle Whey™ contains the much researched (and scientifically proven) beta glucans, so you can be sure that your immune system is getting the boost it needs.* Beta glucans modulate your immune response.* Most importantly, they don’t over-stimulate your immune system like so many other products.*
And when it comes to concerns over heavy metal content, Miracle Whey™ comes through in flying colors.
As a leading supplier of high quality grass fed cows’ whey, we’d like to ensure you that our products are heavily tested and scrutinized to — first and foremost — ensure food safety.
The monitoring and testing of Miracle Whey™ includes heavy metal testing which has been and continues to be routinely evaluated by accredited third party laboratories in accordance to AOAC methodology. Analytical results for Miracle Whey™ in this past year indicate the following: