Glutathione: the anti aging antioxidant we want more of…
As an antioxidant, glutathione protects cells against the oxidative stress that damages cell membrane proteins. Glutathione directly affects mitochondrial oxygen metabolism, with out it, the body produces large numbers of free radicals, which causes cells to perform poorly or die. Oxidative stress increases with aging, and leads to degenerative diseases such as: heart disease, loss of memory or trouble focusing, cancer, diabetes and arthritis amongst many other chronic disease conditions. Additionally, glutathione assists in activating the better-known antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Detoxification and Immunity Defense
As a detoxifier glutathione is unparalleled. It binds metals and other toxins and transforms them into compounds that can be excreted in bile or urine. Once bound, these toxins become water-soluble and can be transported out of cells.
Glutathione deficiency is commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. Other conditions associated with low glutathione include asthma, cancer, lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), aging, cystic fibrosis, liver and heart disease, ischemia, stroke, seizure, sickle cell anemia and metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Glutathione supplementation has also been suggested as a promising treatment to combat the oxidative stress found in people with HIV.
The body cannot make white blood cells without adequate glutathione, which are imperative to combat viral and bacterial illnesses as well as fighting cancer cells.
Dangers/ side effects
There are no significant side effects with Glutathione. It is contraindicated in people receiving chemotherapy medications, anti-psychotic medications or pregnant/breastfeeding.