25 Apr Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant
Glutathione, sometimes called “the Master Antioxidant” is a powerful tripeptide—a combination of three amino acids called cysteine, glycine, and glutamine–and antioxidant that is naturally made in each and every cell in the body. Glutathione helps support liver detoxification, fights oxidative stress (helping to slow the aging process!), controls inflammation, lightens and brightens the skin, and so much more!
Why Do We Need to Supplement with Glutathione?
It’s a great question. If our body’s already make glutathione, why would we need to supplement this ubiquitous peptide? The reason that Glutathione IV Therapy and liposomal glutathione supplements are so popular is that our levels of glutathione fluctuate when the body is stressed or exposed to certain toxins.
In fact, all of the following can affect glutathione levels in the body:
What Are The Benefits of Glutathione?
Supplementing with glutathione is a fantastic way to increase levels in your body. This powerhouse antioxidant actually helps to make DNA in the body. It is absolutely essential for good general health. However, it does have specific benefits that make it a must when it comes to supplementation.
Glutathione Supports Detoxification
The main role that Glutathione plays is supporting detoxification in the body. It is a vital substance for liver health. But, as we age, our body’s ability to produce this important molecule decreases. Keeping certain “pathways” open in the detoxification process is pivotal in helping the body to remove certain waste and toxins. During phase II detoxification in the liver, glutathione “conjugation” takes place, an important phase in detoxification. It is a process whereby the liver turns fat-soluble toxins into water soluble toxins that can be eliminated from the body.
Glutathione Increases Antioxidant Activity in the Body
Free radicals, sometimes called “oxidants”, are molecules with unpaired electrons. This sounds innocent enough, but these molecules actually rob electrons from other cells of, causing damage and contributing to many diseases.
Antioxidants help to counteract free radicals. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that works to fight free radicals.
It Supports the Immune System
Glutathione plays an important role in your immune system by playing a key role in proper function of the T-cell lymphocytes. This enables these important disease fighting cells to increase in number.
It Supports Skin Health
By reducing oxidative stress, Glutathione can improve your overall complexion. With supplementation, you might see:
- Lighter, glowing skin
- Reduction in dark spots
- Reduction in blemishes
- Diminished acne scars
How Do I Know if My Glutathione is Low?
Patients with low glutathione levels may experience:
- Chronic fatigue
- Problems sleeping
- Frequent illnesses
- Difficulty concentrating
- Painful joints
- Mood instability or depression
There are also many chronic health conditions which are associated with low glutathione levels:
- autoimmune disorders
- heart disease
- skin disorders
To add to this frustration of chronic health condition sufferers, many of the more conventional treatments and prescription medications used to treat these conditions can further deplete glutathione levels in the body.
How to Support Your Glutathione Levels Naturally
There are many foods that can stimulate your body’s own production of glutathione, including phytonutrients (nutrients from plants), especially:
- cruciferous vegetables
- green tea
- green beans
The Best Way to Supplement Glutathione:
At Cavallo Health, we take a comprehensive approach to your health, which works to identify and address the root cause of your symptoms and illness. While dietary and lifestyle modifications are two of the best ways to improve your overall health, supplementation can be key to optimizing.
Vitamins like Vitamin C, E, Selenium, Curcumin, Silymarin, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) can all improve the production of Glutathione in the body.
One of the best ways to support your natural glutathione levels is to try Glutathione IV Therapy. By bypassing the digestive system, glutathione can be delivered directly into your bloodstream, providing maximum effect.
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