Do we need to take glutathione supplements or can we get better results from food alone?
Glutathione is a key cellular component, known as the body’s most powerful antioxidant. It is a tri-peptide constructed from three amino acids through a special enzymatic process and appears in all cells and tissues. There is currently a great hype about glutathione supplementation, highly popularized as a “miracle” means to boost health, prevent disease and fight aging. But since the issue of glutathione supplementation involves lots of misinformation (similar to the issue of vitamin supplementation) it’s important to examine the facts.
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Oxidative damage can be life-threatening at any stage of life. For the body immediate repair is top priority – that’s to overdo any necessary task for short-term damage control and prevent immediate death. And like a wound that needs to be repaired to save a young animals’ life, molecular damage needs to be repaired as well. But the program for immediate repair is short sighted and could act like a flawed mechanism driven by the body’s main growth pathway mTOR. This pathway which is useful for growth and repair early in life, could turn harmful and deadly when overactivated later in life.
Read More: Why the Common Theory of “Anti-Aging Repair” Fails
How to Maximize (or Jeopardize) Your chance to Burn Fat and Improve
(The truth is the opposite of what you were told)
I’d like to put the record straight regarding pre-workout nutrition. This is a tricky topic that requires a short biological and science overview, so bear with me.
Growing body of research indicates that nature selects underfed species for extended life-span and vice versa – it shortens the life expectancy of overfed species. Humans are no exception.
The human body evolved to thrive under nutritional stress.
It is hard to accept the harsh reality of this phenomenon, when so many people are overfed (and overweight) and everything around seems so routinely normal. Regardless, you need to be aware of the life-extending benefits of underfeeding and fasting vs. the life-shortening risk associated with overfeeding and lack of fasting. But there is more to that.
Recent research at the University of Southern California reveals that extreme intermittent fasting induces even stronger rejuvenating effects on cells and tissues than those coming from mild fasting or underfeeding; apparently due to one factor – Pre-Workout Nutrition
These two popular, and often debated diets both base themselves off the “ancestral diet” theory, albeit with different visions and applications. The Paleo Diet reaches back to the days of the caveman whereas the Warrior Diet regimen has its roots in the periods of past warrior societies – the great Spartans, Romans and Macedonians – yet also embracing the concept of stress response as reflected in the evolution of both man and food.
Download his recent article The Warrior Diet vs. The Paleo Diet for full details on the differences between these two diets, as well as key myths and fallacies of the Paleo Diet.
The Paleo Diet vs. The Warrior Diet.
Continuing with the theme of intermittent fasting for martial arts weight management and performance, this month will feature one of the well established intermittent fasting regimes, called the Warrior Diet. This form of IF was developed by a former Israeli Special Forces operative, Ori Hofmekler, and is particularly suited to hard-training athletes.
The Warrior Diet, in a nutshell, involves using a 20 hour undereating period to turn on the fasting metabolism (fat burning) and compensating with a 4 hour overeating period (to boost metabolic rate and provide all the necessary nutrients for good health and performance). Obviously, eating this way will lead to a new set of metabolic systems becoming prominent because the body will be fueled differently to that of a person who eats large meals more regularly.
It also leads to a different form of gene expression which favours athletic development, better health and increased longevity (these are the benefits of regular periods of calorie restriction and are well documented in clinical research). The fact that this regular calorie restriction is interrupted by heavy eating every day is irrelevant in
relation to the gene expression I’ve just mentioned, which is why you can crush cravings by being able to eat freely every day, so long as calorie restriction is strictly observed.
Learn about the Warrior Diet from Ori himself by reading the Q & A
Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine Interview
Factors Affecting Protein Utilization.
The main factor in protein utilization is insulin sensitivity. High insulin sensitivity allows you utilize maximum protein from minimum food. If your goal is is sustainability don’t even bother about your protein. If however your goal is to gain muscle gradually increase your protein intake until noticing results. Remember your training is a critical factor too. I am not a big believer in counting protein per body weight. Use your instincts and common sense, enjoy your meals and even more so enjoy your life. Counting protein is unnatural and unnecessary.
Glutathione is a key cellular component, known as the body’s most powerful antioxidant. It is a tri-peptide constructed from three amino acids through a special enzymatic process and appears in all cells and tissues. There is currently a great hype about glutathione supplementation. It is highly popularized as a “miracle” means to boost health, prevent disease and fight aging. So is glutathione a miracle pill? Let’s examine the facts.
Do We Need To Take Glutathione Supplements?