Glutathione: the antidote to modern life

Twenty first century living is fast, fun and filled with adventure. We have more choice about how we live, travel and work than ever before.

But the pace of modern life could be taking an invisible toll on our bodies. Thanks to the technology that makes our lives so easy and enjoyable, we're exposed to ever increasing levels of pollutants and environmental toxins. Continuous connection with work is making life ever more stressful. Processed foods, packaging and medications leak chemicals and toxins into our bodies and the environment every day.

Stress, pollution and toxins lead to a build-up of damaging free radicals in our bodies, which has been linked with aging and disease. What’s needed is an antidote to protect ourselves from the rigours of modern life. The antidote could be glutathione.

What do we know about glutathione?

Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant, present in all animal and plant cells. It is important to many processes in the body, including tissue repair, making DNA and building a strong immune system.

Every system in the body needs glutathione to work. It's essential for protein synthesis, transporting amino acids and triggering enzyme action. It even helps regulate the nitric oxide cycle, important for blood flow and relaxing arteries.

Crucially, glutathione's antioxidant action means it can reduce the damage caused by chemicals and pollutants in our environment by 'mopping up' free radicals and toxins.

Glutathione levels are known to drop as we age, and are lower in unhealthy people. Decreased levels of glutathione can affect the immune system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system and lungs.

The role of glutathione in free radical and toxin excretion

Free radicals are reactive substances that form naturally in our bodies as atoms and molecules meet and react with each other. Antioxidants such as glutathione stabilise free radicals, preventing them from building up and damaging our cells.

As glutathione neutralises free radicals, it changes into a different form. The 'used up' glutathione is excreted and our bodies must produce more or absorb it from our diet.

However, glutathione is relatively rare in foods.

When levels of antioxidants such as glutathione are at normal levels and our exposure to free radical-creating substances in the environment is low, free radical damage is kept under control. Unfortunately environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and insecticides can spawn additional free radicals, using up vital glutathione more quickly than we can produce it.

Research shows psychological stress can cause oxidative stress (and therefore free radical formation) inside our bodies. Exercise also induces reactions that create free radicals. All these factors can accelerate the aging process.

As well as soaking up free radicals, glutathione binds to toxins and heavy metals in the body, allowing them to be excreted.

Why do we need to boost our glutathione levels?

Free radical stress is now thought to be a major contributor to chronic diseases and aging.

We know unhealthy people have less glutathione in their bodies than healthy people. Patients with cancer, HIV, Alzheimer's and trauma also show evidence of depleted glutathione.

Our natural levels of glutathione drop as we age, suggesting that it plays a role in the aging process.

Many people feel that this naturally occurring nutrient improves their general health and slows down the aging process.

What do people take glutathione for?

The benefits of glutathione are believed to be wide reaching, having a positive impact on all the body’s major organ systems.

Proposed applications for glutathione include:

  • treating cataracts and glaucoma1
  • slowing the aging process
  • treating or preventing alcoholism2
  • asthma
  • cancer and the side-effects of chemotherapy3
  • heart disease (atherosclerosis and high cholesterol)4
  • hepatitis and liver disease5
  • diseases that weaken the body’s defence system (including HIV and chronic fatigue syndrome)6
  • memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease7
  • osteoarthritis8
  • Parkinson’s disease9
  • shoring up the immune system
  • treating metal and drug poisoning10.

Glutathione is inhaled for treating lung diseases, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and lung disease in HIV patients¬¬¬¬¬11.

Glutathione can be injected into the muscle to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy and treat male infertility. Clinical trials have shown an improvement in symptoms in chemotherapy patients and increased survival rates overall.

Healthcare providers also give glutathione intravenously for alleviating anemia in kidney patients undergoing dialysis, preventing kidney problems after heart bypass surgery, improving blood flow and decreasing clotting in atherosclerosis and treating diabetes12.

How does Advanced Cellular Glutathione work?

One potential downside of any dietary supplement is that the nutrient must survive the process of digestion and be absorbed in the gut to get to the bloodstream.

Advanced Cellular Glutathione side-steps the digestive hurdle by reaching the bloodstream directly, through a sublingual (under the tongue) spray. This method allows it to work rapidly, topping up intracellular levels of glutathione by up to 10% in just seven hours.

When it comes to strengthening your body’s defences against pollution, stress and trauma, reducing the burden of chronic illness and slowing down the aging process, there’s a clear candidate for number one nutritional supplement: Advanced Cellular Glutathione.

References

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3325626/
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8869667
  3. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2013/972913/
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15256685
  5. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/092843469390043F
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC20026/
  7. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925443911002262
  8. http://medind.nic.in/iaf/t05/i1/iaft05i1p129.pdf
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8080242
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3654245/
  11. http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1083089
  12. http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/8/1951.full