Did You Know... ... that your body naturally produces a substance which, if present in ample amounts, reverses the aging process ... detoxifies the body ... and strengthens the body's immune system? Glutathione -- sometimes referred to as "the master antioxidant" by members of the health community -- is one of the most crucial antioxidants in the body. It's the only antioxidant that resides within the cell. This gives it a unique edge in protecting your health naturally by: combating the negative impact of stress hormones; properly oxygenating cells; inhibiting cellular mutagens; and warding off hazardous cellular invaders. As super antioxidants, glutathione molecules roam through your body, seeking out and neutralizing overactive and dangerous free radicals. An All-Natural "Universal Drug" Dr. Patricia A.L. Kongshavn, Ph.D., formerly a professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University, calls glutathione a "naturally occurring universal drug," and "the cell's most important antioxidant." Glutathione is as vital to human life as oxygen. The positive benefits of this supercharged antioxidant are astonishing, and include the following: ==> Slowing the aging process ==> Improving mental function ==> Increasing energy ==> Speeding recovery from at least 69 distinct diseases To picture an antioxidant's effect, imagine apple slices sitting on a plate. When an apple is cut (or bruised), oxygen is introduced into the injured plant tissue. Oxidation and free radical damage occurs, which brings about the browning of the apple. You can stop -- or at least postpone -- the browning of an apple by applying lemon juice. Lemon juice works by preventing free radical damage, thereby arresting the browning process. Glutathione has the same effect as the lemon juice -- except that it has a significantly stronger antioxidant action ... strong enough to slow down or even reverse the aging process! According to Jeanette Roberts of the University of Utah's College of Pharmacy in Salt Lake City, glutathione is the main detoxifying agent in the body. Ample glutathione levels in your body are able to convert toxins into benign substances your system can easily eliminate. For example, glutathione is able to convert the following into harmless substances: Cancer-producing substances (carcinogens) Heavy metals Herbicides Smoke Environmental pollutants What is Glutathione Made Of? Glutathione is a very small protein manufactured inside the cells -- and it consists of 3 amino acids that we get from our diets (in the form of food and supplements). One of these acids, cysteine, is the source of glutathione's antioxidant and detoxifying powers. Cysteine is key to our body's ability to produce glutathione. Unfortunately, cysteine is not found in many of the foods most Americans consume regularly. Therefore, glutathione deficiency is quite common, even in otherwise healthy individuals. When glutathione levels are too low ... White blood cells from the immune system (lymphocytes) cannot multiply correctly Antibodies are created in insufficient quantities Cancer cells and viruses proliferate Associated disorders such as AIDS, cancer wasting, intestinal disorders, lung diseases, over-trained athletes syndrome, and trauma are magnified Function of the lungs, nervous system, and intestinal tract are compromised Some researchers also believe that age-related decreases in glutathione are one of the reasons older people are more susceptible to disease. How to Boost Your Glutathione Levels -- and Revolutionize Your Overall Health in the Process Glutathione can be applied externally as a cream, administered via IV, inhaled, or given as an injection. However, most health practitioners advise that the simplest and best way to increase your glutathione is to boost your body's production of it. One way they recommend doing that is to increase your intake of dietary cysteine, which is found in poultry, yogurt, egg yolks, red peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, oats, and wheat germ. One exciting new development to emerge recently is "glutathione patches" that reportedly can increase the production of glutathione in your body by 300% in as little as 24 hours. The glutathione found in most anti-aging products cannot be absorbed effectively in the gastrointestinal tract, even when administered in higher dosages. The glutathione patches, on the other hand (such as Y-Age, manufactured by LifeWave) are non-transdermal patches based on nanotechnology, which causes the skin to absorb the necessary glutathione creation signal. The signal bypasses the digestive tract and delivers the dosage instruction directly to the blood stream. As glutathione flows through the veins and arteries, it promotes the oxygenation of cells inside the body and promotes the creation of new cells, and consequently brings about anti-aging.