Glutathione: The Best Antioxidant?

Gluatathione is the most important molecule people need to stay healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, and dementia. The article below from WebMed clearly explains all details about this substance.

Your cells contain glutathione, which is a substance made from three amino acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine.

Glutathione acts as an important antioxidant in your body. That means it helps combat free radicals. These are molecules that can damage your body’s cells.

Glutathione plays a role in many chemical reactions in your body. It also helps detoxify chemicals, including some that your body creates naturally, as well as pollutants and drugs.

Your supply of glutathione seems to decrease as you get older, possibly because your body can’t create as much. Lower glutathione levels appear to go hand-in-hand with poorer health. For instance, lower levels may play a role in many conditions that are more likely to develop in older people.

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Your glutathione levels may also decrease during certain health problems, such as:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hepatitis
  • Parkinson’s disease

Why do people take glutathione?
Some people take glutathione:

  • For its antioxidant power.
  • To try to detoxify themselves.
  • To attempt to protect themselves from the harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy for cancer.
  • People also take glutathione to try to treat weakened immune systems or infertility, as well as many other conditions.
  • Some studies show that glutathione may be effective for helping protect the body from the harmful effects of some cancer treatments. There is not enough research to support other uses for it.

Taking glutathione by mouth does not appear to be an effective way to get it into your body. In one study, giving healthy people 500 milligrams twice a day for a month didn’t raise the level of glutathione in their blood.

Some other studies looking at its health effects have used it in injection form or as a treatment inhaled into the lungs.

Certain other supplements may boost your body’s production of glutathione, such as:

  • Curcumin
  • N-acetylcysteine
  • Selenium
  • Silymarin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Can you get glutathione naturally from foods?
Your body doesn’t seem to absorb glutathione well from foods. However, certain foods high in amino acids that contain sulfur may help boost your levels. These include:

  • Unprocessed meat
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Spinach

What are the risks of taking glutathione?
Side effects. Taking glutathione long-term has been linked to lower zinc levels. Inhaled glutathione may also trigger asthma attacks in people who have asthma. Symptoms may include wheezing.

Risks. Avoid taking glutathione if you’re sensitive to it. Experts don’t know if taking glutathione is safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Interactions. Tell your doctor about any supplements you’re taking, even if they’re natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications.

Supplements are not regulated by the FDA.

 

Additional information from an article posted on the Huffington Post:

The Importance of Glutathione in Protecting Against Chronic Illness

Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. After this happens, the body can “reduce” or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule and we are back in business.

However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins. Then the glutathione becomes depleted and we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals, infections, or cancer and we can’t get rid of toxins. This leads to further sickness and soon we are in the downward spiral of chronic illness.

But that’s not all. Glutathione is also critical in helping your immune system do its job of fighting infections and preventing cancer. That’s why studies show that it can help in the treatment of AIDS.(i)

Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool — and out of your body.

And lastly, it also helps us reach peak mental and physical function. Research has shown that raised glutathione levels decrease muscle damage, reduce recovery time, increase strength and endurance and shift metabolism from fat production to muscle development.

If you are sick or old or are just not in peak shape, you likely have glutathione deficiency.
In fact, the top British medical journal, the Lancet, found the highest glutathione levels in healthy young people, lower levels in healthy elderly, lower still in sick elderly and the lowest of all in the hospitalized elderly. (ii)

Keeping yourself healthy, boosting your performance, preventing disease and aging well depends on keeping your glutathione levels high. I’ll say it again … Glutathione is so important because it is responsible for keeping so many of the keys to UltraWellness optimized.

It is critical for immune function and controlling inflammation. It is the master detoxifier and the body’s main antioxidant, protecting our cells and making our energy metabolism run well.

And the good news is that you can do many things to increase this natural and critical molecule in your body. You can eat glutathione-boosting foods. You can exercise. And you can take glutathione-boosting supplements.

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