The Mother Of All Antioxidants
What's all the hype about this little molecule called glutathione?
Well, take a minute to read on and learn the simplified version of why glutathione is SO IMPORTANT!
Glutathione (pronounced gloot-a-thigh-own) is considered the “mother of all antioxidants”. It is a tripeptide, small protein made of 3 amino acids: cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid. It’s found in surprisingly high levels in most cells. Glutathione is implicated in many cellular functions including antioxidant protection and detoxification. It is also essential for maintenance of cell membrane integrity in red blood cells.
Critical roles of glutathione:
Direct chemical neutralization of free radicals
Cofactor for several antioxidant enzymes
Regeneration of vitamin C and E
Aids in liver detoxification
Crucial in supporting skin health
Detoxification of heavy metals: Transportation of mercury out of cells and the brain
Regulation of cell growth
Vital to mitochondrial function and energy production
Diseases associated with glutathione depletion:
Pulmonary diseases- such as asthma
Immune disorders- autoimmune disease
Aging process itself
Glutathione is poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and foods rich in glutathione do not appear to contribute to increases in intracellular glutathione levels. Supplementing with NAC appears safe and beneficial in increasing intracellular glutathione levels. Also, intravenous glutathione and IM injections have shown to be beneficial in increasing glutathione levels.
Foods rich in cysteine are generally high protein foods: meats, yogurt, wheat germ and eggs.
Let's be real, are you eating any of these foods? I know I'm definitely not. I avoid dairy, wheat, and eggs at least 80% of the time. I have this 80/20 rule... I follow a clean diet about 80% of the time and allow room for error about 20% of the time.
I usually recommend adding a glutathione push to any of your IVs!
Glutathione booster package:
Glutathione IV push
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