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Gut bacteria regulate glutathione in the body

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Glutathione is the body’s number 1 antioxidant and is incredibly important to your good health. Hitherto, all nutritionists thought you had to do was eat more greens, fresh vegetables and fruits and the oxygen levels in your cells would increase.

Maybe, and maybe not.

Now, scientists in Sweden have discovered that human imicrobiome regulates the levels of glutathione.

This is yet another crucial factor and yet more substance to Chris Woollams’ bookHeal Your Gut – Heal Your Body’. Your gut bacteria lie behind all illness – both physical and mental.

Published in Molecular Systems Biology, the findings help complete our understanding of how non-essential amino acids are synthesized providing detoessential antioxidants. Co-author, Mardinoglu a biology researcher at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology adds, “Gut microbiota regulates your glutathione and amino acid metabolism, not only in the small intestine but also in the liver and the colon”.

Some gut bacteria were shown to consume glycine, which is one of the three amino acids required for the synthesis of the body’s glutathione. They also showed that gut bacteria regulates glutathione metabolism in the liver and the colon.

Mardinoglu points out that since decreased levels of glycine and other amino acids have been linked to type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other metabolism-related disorders, further study of this area was crucial.

 

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