What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants produced by the body, more specifically by the liver.
Glutathione has a role of detoxification and is present in high quantities in the liver and lungs!
It’s composed of three amino acids (glycine, cysteine and glutamic acid) and plays a key role in building and repairing tissues, creating chemicals and proteins for the body and boosting the immune system.*
Spinaches, Avocados and asparagus are some of the few aliments that contain Glutathione, but unfortunately in small quantities, making it difficult to implement this compound through diet.
There are two states in which Glutathione can be naturally found in the body:
- Oxidized state
- or Reduced state (reduced Glutathione).
What is reduced glutathione?
Reduced Glutathione is the active state of the Glutathione, which is able to neutralize the free radicals in the body.
This is crucial to the normal functioning of the body, because an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants can cause oxidative stress, causing the body to struggle in its normal functioning ( might influence cellular energy production, cognitive functions, immune functions and detoxification).
Who is Glutathione suitable for?
Glutathione might be ideal for those that are overly exposed to toxins, stress (both mental and physical) or that just generally need to maintain a high level of antioxidants.
Glutathione levels might decrease with age, therefore implementation might be required.
No known serious side effects of using glutathione supplements have been reported. Unverified sources report that taking glutathione long-term has been linked to lower zinc levels and stomach issues.
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*Evaluation health claims is ongoing