What’s all the hype about?
Glutathione (GSH) is made up of 3 amino acids: cysteine, glutamine and glycine. It is a major antioxidant because its main function is detoxification of the body. The parts of the body that contain the highest concentrations of GSH are: the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, the pancreas, and the lens and cornea of the eye.
GSH is optimally administered via intravenously or inhalation because the oral dosing of GSH only provides your body with the building blocks and relies on your body to convert it into the reduced GSH form.
What Does It Do?
Glutathione is a very potent antioxidant, which protect the body’s cells from free-radicals. GSH also recycles antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and lipoid acid, and other antioxidants depend on GSH to function properly.
Glutathione helps with the detoxification of many drugs and toxins in the liver in order to neutralize their damaging effects to the body. These include car exhaust, cigarette smoke, dyes, fungicides, heavy metals, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, phenols, plastics, radiation, solvents, and a very long list of pharmaceutical medications. It also helps with the removal of heavy metals.
A deficiency in glutathione leads to decreased macrophage activity.
Leukocytes or white blood cells (WBCs) are a vital part of our immune system that defend your body against bacteria, viruses, etc. Macrophages are a type of WBC that hunt down and eat particles such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
Glutathione levels decrease with age. In fact, GSH is one of the essential antioxidant processes that slow down aging.
Glutathione neutralizes carcinogens in the body to protect the body from their damaging effects to cells or DNA.
Regulation of Homocysteine
The rapid turnover of glutathione is also thought to contribute to the metabolism of homocysteine. Too much homocysteine is a contributing factor for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
What Happens If It’s Low?
There are many reasons for an overall decrease in glutathione levels. However, it can all be broken down to essentially an overload of toxic or harmful substances on a regular basis that requires more and more GSH for detoxification. In our every day lives, we are exposed to:
- artificial sweeteners (in our food)
- cigarette smoke (in our environment)
- dyes (in our food)
- heavy metals (such as dental amalgams, tattoos, lead pipes, etc)
- herbicides/pesticides (in our food or in the air)
- household chemicals (such as bleach, cleaners, detergents, fertilizers, etc)
- nitrates (in our foods)
- and many more!
A glutathione deficiency occurs when your body is unable to produce sufficient amounts of glutathione that your body needs. This leads to increased fragility of red blood cells, decreased macrophage activity, and increased susceptibility to cancer and other toxins. However, it is important to note that people who are protein deficient or who are fasting will be deficient in glutathione.
** Please note that this is NOT medical advice and that you should talk to your healthcare provider before taking this supplement
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