We’ve all heard about them. Many of us have bought into the hype. Some of us have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on products. Some people have experienced remarkable health benefits and have stories to share. Other people have wasted their money. I’m talking about antioxidants.
Some statistics indicate that the antioxidant industry generates somewhere in the ballpark of $525 million a year! Over the past decade you’ve heard of countless products, super foods and supplements that become the new fad: Acai, goji berries, raw chocolate, green tea, CoQ10, Blueberries, are just some of the seemingly endless list of hyped, slick-marketed antioxidant products.
What is An Antioxidant?
An antioxidant is any nutrient or molecule that is able to inhibit the oxidation of another molecule. It’s important to point out that oxidation is not a bad thing. Oxidation is one of the fundamental processes of metabolism. Without oxidation, energy cannot be generated and the human body cannot function. A result of oxidation are free radicals. A free radical is any atom or molecule with an unpaired electron. A certain amount of free radicals are actually essential for cell function and health. However, when oxidation is out of control, and/or cell health is compromised due to numerous factors (including environmental), free radicals become a primary cause of cellular breakdown, cellular death and cellular aging.
So antioxidants prevent oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. The most potentially damaging free radicals of the body also have important functions in the body, which includes cell signalling. They are: superoxide, hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals. These 3 radicals are called ROS’s (Reactive Oxygen Species) because they are formed through normal oxygen metabolism.
Antioxidants inhibit the damaging effects of free radicals. Essentially there are 2 kinds of antioxidants:
- Exogenous Antioxidants (from food, example: Vitamins C, E, A, D)
- Endogenous Antioxidants (your body produces 5: Catalyse, Superoxide Dismutase, Glutathione, CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid)
Assuming you are eating very high quality foods that contain good concentrations of antioxidants, you are getting most of the exogenous antioxidants your body needs on a daily basis. Obviously because of soil depletion from big agricultural, our food is lower in nutrients than it was in the past. Also because of the factors of environmental toxicity, your body has an increased need for certain exogenous antioxidants. Exogenous antioxidants can be a powerful way to prevent and cure disease. The brilliant physician Emanuel Revici, MD was the first doctor to use selenium to effectively treat cancer. Intravenous vitamin C can be extremely beneficial for some people with high degrees of toxicity.
According to research, of the 5 endogenous antioxidants, the three most essential to the body are Catalase, Glutathione and Superoxide Dismutase. The reason is that when certain free radicals are present, the body can produce more of these 3 antioxidants as needed.
Alpha Lipoic Acid and Glutathione can maintain levels of exogenous antioxidants in the body longer, such as vitamin C and E.
Together, these 3 antioxidants can convert free radicals into oxygen and water, neutralizing them.
Glutathione: Master Antioxidant
Glutathione can repair damage done to DNA. It is also the most abundant and important endogenous antioxidant. Glutathione modulates immune responses, in essence making the immune system work to its greatest potential. Glutathione kills cytotoxic T-cells. More than 6% of the body’s total ATP (biological energy) is used to synthesize and regulate intracellular gluthathione levels.
Every biological system in the body is affected by Glutathione’s powerful protective and regulatory abilities. Yet glutathione levels tend to decrease as we age, about 1% every year. Strong correlations exist between longevity and elevated glutathione levels.
The key thing to understand and remember is that toxicity, stress, chronic infections, excessive oxidative and free radical damage all decrease and exhaust the body’s ability to produce glutathione.
Glutathione is synthesized from 3 amino acids: L-Cysteine, L-Glutamic Acid and L-Glycine. Glutathione is very important during phase 2 of liver detoxification. Glutathione is a major heavy metal and xenobiotic toxin chelator. It is also vitally important for the synthesis and repair of DNA.
Why I Endorse This Product as One of the Most Powerful Antioxidants Anywhere
Max GXL: This Glutathione antioxidant precursor gets my biggest endorsement. Why? Let me explain.
Glutathione is the most powerful, concentrated endogenous antioxidant. Its powerful roles in the body for intracellular detoxification are well established. Max GXL has been proven through placebo-controlled studies to raise intracellular levels of Glutathione by 292%. It has also been shown to lower major markers of inflammation. Max GXL rapidly facilitates bile production and the detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals.
Max GXL Versus Liposome Glutathione
While some oral and topical glutathione products can certainly work well, liposome-coated glutathione does not help your body to make its own glutathione. This is a very important point. Since Max GXL contains the precursors to Glutathione, your body takes those and makes its own glutathione, whereas liposomal glutathione, while still very good, has more of a drug like effect.
Max GXL Versus Protandim
Another very popular and well studied antioxidant product is Protandim. I prefer Max GXL over Protandim because protandim is not a precurssor to Glutathione, the product contains herbal adaptogens. Adaptogens can be very good in a number of ways, however, glutathione studies on Protandim were caried out in vitro, whereas Max GXL studies were conducted in vivo. This is important because in vivo actually measures the patients’ reactions/effects to the studied product, whereas in vitro studies contain isolated components as a cell culture.
I have been personally taking Max GXL for 1 month and I am impressed by the results based upon my own subjective experience. I have observed an increase in bile production and liver sensation. Other people who are taking the product are experiencing detoxification symptoms, as well as the definitive mobilization of toxic metals such as nickel.
I am planning on monitoring my hair for elemental deposits of toxic metals every 2-3 months. Others who took Max GXL observed significant increases in cadmium, mercury and lead detoxification.