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Glutathione - the master antioxidant involved in disease prevention

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione has been called the "master antioxidant" and regulates the action of lesser antioxidants such as Vitamin C & E. Low levels are associated with liver & immune dysfunction, heart disease, premature ageing and even death.

The benefits of Glutathione (GSH)

Glutathione is a substance, the levels of which in our cells are predictive of how long we will live. There are very few other factors, which are as predictive of our life expectancy, as is our level of cellular glutathione.

Glutathione has been called the "master antioxidant" and regulates the actions of lesser antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E within the body. "We literally cannot survive without this antioxidant."

"Without glutathione, other important antioxidants such as vitamins C and E cannot do their job adequately to protect your body against disease."

"No other antioxidant is as important to our overall health as glutathione. It is the regulator and regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent in the human body. Low levels are associated with hepatic dysfunction, immune dysfunction, cardiac disease, premature aging and death."

"A review article published in the Annals of Pharmacology stated that glutathione is important in DNA synthesis and repair, protein and prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport, detoxification of toxins and carcinogens, enhancement of the immune system and protection from oxidation and enzyme activations."

Glutathione has potent anti-viral properties...

If tissue and serum glutathione levels are significantly increased, the replication of most pathogens are slowed or stopped. Conversely, glutathione deficiency produces a pro-viral effect. Lymphocytes, cells vital for effective immune function, depend on GSH for their proper function and replication.

The Master Antioxidant...

As we age, there is a large drop in GSH levels. Lower glutathione levels have been implicated in many diseases associated with aging. Antioxidants are well documented to play vital roles in health maintenance and disease prevention. GSH is your cells' own major antioxidant.

GSH plays a role in eliminating many carcinogens, as well as maintaining immune function.

Strong muscular activity, such as that experienced by athletes, generates oxyradicals (free radicals) leading to muscle fatigue and poorer performance. GSH neutralizes these radicals.

GSH detoxifies many pollutants, carcinogens and poisons, including many in fuel exhaust and cigarette smoke. It retards damage from radiation, such as seen with loss of the ozone.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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