What if your body could produce a master detoxifying molecule that could be used to treat and prevent cancer, aging, disease, Alzheimer’s, autism, and autoimmune disorders? Well, it can! It is an antioxidant called glutathione (GSH). In fact, its medical importance for the integrity of the immune system and for its role in detoxification processes has been studied so thoroughly that there are over 70,000 articles on glutathione on Pub Med alone.
The unfortunate fact and one that I will go on to explain later is that for the chronically ill, GSH deficiency is prevalent and difficult to counter. That is my main motivation for writing this post. I want to share my experience as a “moldy” learning about my own GSH levels and how to use different forms of GSH and/or specific protocols to boost its natural production in my body. Successfully increasing my GSH was a turning point in my recovery, because detoxification became easier and more effective inside my body. So, even though some of this information will seem dense, I really want to share it with you, because understanding how GSH works to prevent toxic build up and to counter the cellular damage caused by mold might help you heal.
First, let me say that I realize that a discussion on glutathione is nothing new (remember all of those articles I mentioned?), especially if you have taken a dive into the natural healing and naturopathic realm. Many of the most influential biohackers (Rhonda Patrick, Ben Greenfield, Robb Wolff, Dave Asprey) and well-known medical and naturopathic doctors (Wendy Myers, Joseph Mercola, Mark Hyman and Chris Kresser) tout its benefits and some have even created their own supplemental form of it. But, why? What is glutathione? Why does your body need it? And, what can it make any difference in your recovery from environmental, mold, or chronic illness, and/or autoimmune issues?