This site was created to offer health and wellness information, share published articles, videos and studies on glutathione and its role in keeping us healthy. Without adequate levels of glutathione we are in trouble!
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What is glutathione?
“Glutathione, also known as GSH, is a molecule found naturally in your body. It is produced by the liver and by neurons (nerve cells) in the central nervous system. Glutathione is made up of three amino acids: L-cysteine, glycine, and L-glutamate. For the body to function properly and stay healthy, it’s important to have a balance of antioxidants and free radicals (a type of oxygen-containing molecule in the body). When this balance is gone, and more free radicals exist, these molecules can cause what is called oxidative cell damage. Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps keep the necessary balance in place. In addition to being an antioxidant, GSH also plays a part in your body’s:
- Metabolism of toxins and cancer-causing substances
- Natural creation and repair of DNA
- Production of protein and prostaglandin
- Activation of enzymes
Glutathione also helps with the breakdown of nutrients, and the regulation of many biological processes (including immune response).” Source
Why is glutathione important?
Glutathione is essential because it helps support our immune system and makes it work optimally. Raising glutathione levels inside our cells is critical, especially for those of us with autoimmune conditions, because the mitochondria, the cell’s powerhouse is negatively affected via these conditions.
Glutathione also supports detoxification.
Via our environment, homes, the products we use, etc., we are slowly being poisoned.
From outdoor pollution, toxic mold, and pesticides, these exposures can have toxic effects on every organ in our body. When these toxins accumulate, we see an increase in disease.
Glutathione is also crucial for energy production as it supports our mighty mitochondria, which in turn produces power for the cell. When the mitochondria aren’t doing their job, everything in the body suffers.
Glutathione is known as the master antioxidant. Other antioxidant-rich foods and/or supplements we consume, be it CoQ10, vitamin C, or even berries, depend on glutathione for how well they can be utilized by the body. So if we have optimal glutathione levels and consume food or take supplements rich in antioxidants, we are maximizing their effectiveness.
It’s important to note that some people have genetic mutations that can cause their glutathione levels to be low. This leads to an accumulation of toxins and cellular waste. With no one to take out the trash, it begins to pile up, and the body suffers.
People with low glutathione levels can develop multiple illnesses and autoimmune conditions and can develop chemical sensitivities and intolerances to everyday products like perfume, lotions, cleaning products, etc. They can also experience mood swings, chronic fatigue, hair loss, early graying, cognitive decline, and/or brain fog…the list goes on and on.
In a nutshell, having optimal glutathione levels is one of the most important things for staying healthy and for healing.
Glutathione neutralizes free radicals, helps in the detoxification process, supports immune function, and is a critical antioxidant for the gastrointestinal system, nervous system, lymphatic system, and lungs.
Before you rush to take supplements, keep in mind that most of them do NOT make it into the cell where they can positively affect our mitochondria and support cell health.
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