Glutathione

The most powerful antioxidant in the body

A tripeptide (glutamine, cysteine and glycine) that prevents cell damage caused by reactive oxygen species like free radicals and peroxides.

How it works

Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, responsible for the health and wellbeing of every cell in the body.

Essentially, glutathione is a magnet passing through each cell, gathering up toxins and heavy metals in order to purge them from the body. Once a glutathione molecule gathers up these toxins, it is converted into its oxidised form – glutathione disulfide (GSSG).

Exogenous factors can further deplete glutathione levels, including: air pollution, toxins found in food and water, pharmaceutical medications, illness and diets high in processed foods. This makes it extremely important to directly supplement glutathione levels with acetyl glutathione or with precursors like N-acetylcysteine and R-ALA.

Glutathione levels naturally deplete with age, leaving the body increasingly vulnerable to infection, illnesses and disease.

The ratio of reduced glutathione to oxidised glutathione within the cells is used to measure cellular toxicity. This is regarded as the single best indication of overall health and wellbeing.

Benefits

Glutathione is responsible for the health of every cell in the body; it is the body’s principal tool for detoxifying and chelating heavy metals.

The glutathione levels in the body are a good indicator for overall health and wellbeing. Glutathione is synonymous with good health; therefore, it is commonly believed to aid in the treatment of virtually every condition.

As glutathione is critical for healthy mitochondrial function, DNA health and energy production, adequate GSH levels benefit every system in the body. It also improves the immune function and acts as an effective anti-inflammatory.

Supplements

Toxins highlight the importance of supplementing glutathione levels.

The modern world bombards the body with toxins on a daily basis: through air pollution, toxins in food, minute radiation accumulation and dependence on pharmaceutical medications. This creates a perfect storm with which to damage the body and deplete GSH levels. The result is an increasingly scary disease rate. The impact on cognitive health is shown by neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, which is affecting more and more people, and occurring far earlier in life.

Enhancing GSH levels is vital to both protect and repair the body from the surrounding toxic world.