The Role of Glutathione in the Body
Glutathione is a protein in the body that helps vitamins C and E work more effectively.
Recent studies has proven that glutathione and other antioxidants are not only important for our health – they’re critical. Without these important antioxidants, the body will be less able to protect itself from the harme caused by free radicals, the toxic by-product of oxidants. Glutathione is present in every cell in your body – it plays a vital role in your health and provides you with an increased energy level. There are a number of health benefits experienced with increased amount of glutathione in the body:
- Improves the immune system
- Slows down the aging process
- Prevents intracellular inflammation
- Detoxifies the body
Glutathione can be found in meat, walnuts, fish, fruits and vegetables, especially asparagus and avocados. Composed of three amino acids, glutathione is a tri-peptide which is also called the “master antioxidant.”
Glutathione has been shown to:
- Protect us against cancer causing cells and other diseases
- Inhibit viruses
- Regulate immune cells
- Synthesize proteins and prostaglandin
- Repair and synthesize DNA
- Transport amino acids
While lacking glutathione in the body may not cause an outbreak of symptoms, there are certain diseases and medical conditions that have been associated with a glutathione deficiency. Cardiac diseases, dysfunction of the hepatic and premature aging of the immune systems have been associated to low levels of glutathione in the body. Although they may not be directly caused by the low levels of glutathione, they are certainly aggravated by it.
Chronic glutathione deficiency is a serious health issue that should be attended by a physician who may treat it with intramuscular or intravenous injections of the antioxidant. Daily doses of 500 mg of vitamin C can also help raise glutathione levels 50% in just fourteen days.
All of the published articles (92,000) in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Pub Med all tell the same story. Glutathione is the best antioxidant you can have in the battle against destructive free radicals. Free radicals occur as a by-product of the natural workings of your cells. Glutathione stops the chain reactions caused by free radicals before they can spread through the body’s systems.