Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Glutathione is a tremendously important naturally occurring nutrient which helps patients with a huge variety of ailments. It is unreliable in pill or capsule form unless it is “acetylated” which is an expensive process. BUT, watermelon is rich in this valuable nutrient and thanks to Robert Cohen, the “non-milkman” – you can read all about it!
Scientific Support for Eating Watermelon
I used to laugh at the actions of Dr. Doug Graham,
who would load up his food tray with ripe watermelon
and eat nothing but that solitary item for his meal at
vegetarian health conferences.
It took me nearly two decades since first meeting
Dr. Graham to come to terms with how correct this
guru of raw food was regarding about his dietary
Doug mentioned glutathione to me some time during
the last century, but I hardly paid attention to
this raving geniusac.
Early this morning while he slept at home in Great
Britain, I searched the day’s posting of scientifific
abstracts on Medline. There was one fascinating article
on the subject of glutathione. It chimed a tiny bell…
I then googled foods rich in glutathione and found asparagus
high atop the food chain with 18 milligrams per 100-gram
portion. Asparagus is rich in glutathione, but one has
to eat it raw to gain benefits. I kept searching and found
a reference to watermelon; 28 milligrams of glutathione per
100 gram portion.
Dr. Graham has spent the past two decades that I have known
him ingesting an abundance of raw glutathione and lycopine
supplements in the form of sweet, ripe, juicy watermelon!
The article which impressed me is found in the December,
2012 issue of “Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology &
Biological Psychiatry”. The title:
“Reduced antioxidant defense systems in schizophrenia
and bipolar I disorder”.
Researchers began with the theory that oxidative stress
contributes to the pathogenesis of bipolar disorders and
neurological impairments as people age. Scientists tested
blood serum levels of glutathione from patients previously
diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and
determined that glutathione levels were “significantly lower”
in those with increased symptoms of deviant neurological
Watermelon seems to be a cheap insurance pill for
maintaining normal cognitive behavior.
As for Dr. Doug: His graham of raw-food nutritional
advice is worth many kilos of cure. See: