Glutathione…. What it is, and why you NEED IT!

Glutathione is an antioxidant . An antioxidant is a chemical that reverses cell damage. There is more to it than that, but suffice it to say that this molecule repairs and regenerates the DNA at the cellular level.

Some call Glutathione the master antioxidant.  It is also known as an intracellular antioxidant. This means that the molecule gets into the cell and protects it and repairs it against free radicals. What is a free radical?  Think back to your high school biology: Covalent and ionic bonds.   When the molecules change composition, the leftovers are ‘free’ and they do damage within the cellular structure.

Glutathione comes to the rescue, sort of like pac-man, and destroys or neutralizes the free radicals before they can do harm to your body. Your body makes it, but if you are 45 or older, you have far less than you need. If you have a chronic disease, then you have even less.

So where do I get glutathione? Some foods have it: Chicken, chickpeas and lentils combined with eggs, garlic, onions, broccoli and cauliflower will give you the necessary ingredients for your body to make Glutathione. Nuts, fresh fruits, some vegetables, and poultry or fish also provide Glutathione. These days you can also purchase good, bio-available glutathione from a good naturopath.

Besides free radical rescue, glutathione also helps with many diseases:

Cystic fibrosis,

cardiovascular disease

Liver disease

Autoimmune disease

Lung disease

Neuro-degenerative disorders, and


If that were not enough, glutathione also helps the body detox from heavy metals and chemicals in the body. Research has found that glutathione helps to remove environmental toxins known as xenobiotics. (Health Revelations, February 2015)

We have heard many reports of healings and improvements with the addition of Glutathione to the diet. With this many benefits with supplementation, what are you waiting for?

Until next time,

Dr. Polly


About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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One Response to Glutathione…. What it is, and why you NEED IT!

  1. 45 is an optimistic number. GSH levels start dropping after age 20, and with all the environmental factors that further deplete Glutathione, many of us are deficient much earlier than 45.
    Great piece on why we should all be supporting our master antioxidant Dr. Polly!

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