Glutathione is naturally occurring substance that acts as an antioxidant to detoxify the body and boost the immune system. It has shown benefit in aiding the body repair damage caused by injury, stress, poor diet, aging, pollution, radiation, infection, drugs, trauma, and burns. Because glutathione is not well absorbed when taken orally, injections are much more effective.
Glutathione has been thought to show benefit when used for prevention in reducing free radicals that can damage in the body and help prevent disease and inflammation.
- – Increase Energy
- – Detoxify the Liver and Body
- – Improve Skin Clarity
- – Boost the Immune System
- – Lower insulin resistance in older persons
- – Improve circulation
Oxidative stress is thought to be a precursor to multiple disease including diabetes, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. Glutathione helps ward off the impacts of stress and in turn reduce or push off the occurence of disease.
Healthline wrote an article in which it discussed glutathione cited in Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy indicated that glutathione deficiency leads to increased levels of oxidative stress, which might lead to cancer. It also stated that elevated glutathione levels raised antioxidant levels and resistance to oxidative stress in cancer cells.
Research articles have demonstrated glutathione improves enzyme, protein and bilirubin levels in the treatment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. One study showed a reduction in malondialdehyde a marker for cell damage in the liver.
Some studies have shown improvement with peripheral circulation, reduction of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and others as in the Autoimmune Rev journal glutathione showed a reduction in oxidative stress. There was a reduction in stimulating and/or reducing the body’s immunological response. Specifically, autoimmune disease attacks mitochondira and glutathione helps to protect the cells mitochondria by eliminating free radicals.
As it pertains to respiratory disease and symptoms, glutathione has shown that is may help with condition such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. It appears n-acetylcysteine is a byproduct of glutathione it has shown to be an effective treatment in some lung disease
Glutathione is found in some foods, although cooking and pasteurization diminish its levels significantly. Its highest concentrations are typically found in raw or rare meat, unpasteurized milk, fresh fruit and vegetables like avocado and asparagus
Glutathione contains sulfur molecules, which may be why foods high in sulfur help to boost its natural production in the body. These foods include:
- – cruciferous vegetables: brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, & bok choy
- – garlic and onions
- – eggs
- – nuts
- – legumes
- – lean protein, such as fish, and chicken
Other food help boost glutathione levels include: milk thistle, flaxseed and whey