Whenever talk of antioxidants comes up, glutathione is the star of the show. It is the body's first line of defense against pro-oxidative factors which are dominant in psychiatric issues. However, it has a limited capacity, even with supplementation of cofactors like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and N-Acetyl Cysteine.
The antioxidant that is available on demand is called metallothionein (MT) and has numerous functions in the body, and whose rate-limiting factors include zinc and selenium. Selenium speeds up the kinetics of MT's function, but zinc is needed for proper function. Each molecule of MT contains up to seven zinc atoms. In addition, zinc supplementation will increase production of MT.
This protein is useful in brain development and repair, detoxification of heavy metals, maintenance of the intestinal and blood brain barriers, breakdown of triggering proteins like casein and gluten, kills candida, improve HCl production in the stomach, improve taste sensors on the tongue, and maintain thymic and lymphoid tissues for improved immune function.
WHEW! In addition, poor MT function is associated with ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease.
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens biflora) is an invaluable tool when out in the woods hiking. The saponins found in the stem or leaves can emulsify and diminish the damage caused by poison ivy. It's also great for bug bites, rashes from stinging nettles, burns, cuts, acne, eczema, fungal infections, or any other skin irritation.