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Mold, Glutathione and Atrial Fibrillation: The Shocking Link

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The most important antioxidant you can utilize is something your own body produces. However, if you are mold toxic, your body is depleted of this master detoxifier, glutathione. This can place you at a higher risk of complications such as atrial fibrillation.

Detox today is such a buzzword. Everyone is doing some type of cleanse. Celery juicing, three day fasting, liver cleanses, foot baths, saunas, etc. These are great strategies but are they enough for mold illness or CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome)? If you have tried all of these and are still not reaching that breakthrough, it’s time to dig deeper and consider mold exposure in your home or workplace.

What Is Glutathione?

We are exposed to oxidative stress at all times throughout the day. To combat this stress and damage the body utilizes antioxidants of all different varieties.  Glutathione (GSH) is a very special molecule that provides the greatest antioxidant protection and also recharges other antioxidants within the body. Poor diet, poor air quality, toxins like mold, medications, stress of any kind and aging deplete this master antioxidant.

Glutathione plays a significant role in immune system function

It is constantly in action protecting the body against disease, toxins, viruses, pollutants, radiation, drugs and oxidative stress.

Mold’s Impact On Glutathione

Research regarding exposure to mycotoxins from mold growth in water-damaged buildings and its relevance to chronic illness is also increasing. This exposure to mycotoxins in humans requires the production of glutathione on an “as needed” basis. Mycotoxin-related compromise of glutathione production can result in an excess of oxidative stress that leads to tissue damage and heart failure.

Chronic mold exposure down regulates important pathways that are involved in glutathione production leading to an increase of oxidative stress and DNA damage. The continuation of oxidative stress feeds into the chronic inflammation cycle suppressing our immune system, leaving us compromised for more problems to arise. If you’re at risk for heart disease then pay attention!

Mold’s Effect On Afib

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in clinical practice, representing a major public health problem. AFib is characterized by an irregular heartbeat which can cause poor blood flow and lead to clotting. If left untreated this can give rise to more serious heart problems such as stroke, heart failure and other complications.

Recent evidence suggests oxidative stress may play an important role in the disease process and perpetuation of Afib. Living life with a low antioxidant status depicted by a glutathione deficiency increases the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with atrial fibrillation.

One study showed that in patients undergoing surgery for Afib, glutathione was significantly decreased in atrial heart cells as opposed to their control subjects who had no history of Afib. Systemic glutathione deficiency is related to the functional status and structural heart abnormalities of patients with cardiac diseases. Data also suggest that blood glutathione tests may be an interesting new biomarker to detect asymptomatic patients with structural cardiac abnormalities. This is thought provoking because Afib can go undiagnosed as most people are asymptomatic!

In the 21st century, we have more air pollution, more toxins in our foods, water, personal care products, etc. that all contribute to oxidative stress. This leads to low-grade chronic inflammation in the body. To clear the body of toxins and cellular waste we need our antioxidant systems functioning at a higher level than ever before. Deficiency in cardiac and systemic glutathione relates to heart failure progression and cardiac remodelling in animal models.

Natural Solutions

If you are at risk for heart disease, here are some strategies you can take:

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