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Glutathione (GSH), known as the “Master Antioxidant, that is produced by every cell in our body and small protein molecule composed of the amino acids glutamate, cysteine, and glycine. It is our first line of defense against toxins, radiation, heavy metals, and oxidative stress. In fact, it is the most powerful way to combat free radical damage that causes oxidative stress, which can result in many deadly diseases, including cancer. It is the only antioxidant that detoxifies the entire body. It also has the unique ability to recycle itself and recycle other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and Alpha Lipoic Acid. Without sufficient levels of GSH, these other antioxidants simply cannot do their job adequately.
Over the course of 100 years of research, more than 100,000 scientific papers have established maintaining cellular glutathione levels as one of the most important keys in maintaining proper cellular function, immune health, and slowing the aging process. Experts also say it plays one of the leading roles in combating aging. All antioxidants protect our DNA, but Glutathione is the only one that can actually provoke telomere growth, which can literally turn back the hands of time. Additionally, some of the powerful benefits it can have on our skin are reducing wrinkles, scarring, dark spots, acne, stretch marks, and other skin problems. It increases collagen production, gives it more elasticity, and gives the skin better quality and protection. It is also extremely effective in healing, and is used for everything from a simple sunburn, to serious burns. It is also used for scars, post plastic surgery and laser healing.
Additionally, GSH play a key role against the damaging effects of bacteria and viruses. It also helps with hormone regulation, DNA regulation, Nitric oxide regulation, Cellular function and energy, Prostaglandin synthesis, cellular transport, the movement of calcium throughout the body, respiratory function, and weight management and fat metabolism.
5 Benefits of Glutathione (from Michael Murray ND article)
- It is an antioxidant. Glutathione is the cell’s major antioxidant to protect the cell from damage. It is also critical to the recycling & proper utilization of other antioxidants such as vitamins C & E.
- It has immune system effects. Glutathione protects immune cells from damage while also exerting some direct antiviral effects. It is also critical in modulating balance within the immune system. It boosts functions when the immune system is underactive and brings it back into balance when it is overactive.
- It has mitochondrial effects. Glutathione plays a critical role in the function of mitochondria (the energy-producing compartments in cells).
- It is critical to cellular function. Glutathione is required for the manufacture of many cellular proteins, the synthesis and repair of DNA, the activation and regulation of cellular enzymes involved in overall cell function, and the proper action of vitamin D3.
- It is a detoxifying compound. Glutathione is the body’s most effective detoxifying agent. Glutathione binds undesirable toxins, pollutants, chemicals, heavy metals, and drug metabolites and excretes them through the urine or the gut.
A 5-minute Guide To Glutathione: Why It’s Important For Immune Function –
By Dr. Michael Murray, N.D. July 2020
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