The most potent antioxidant of the body-glutathione
The glutathione slows down the aging process, and make the immune system stronger! Glutathione also helps to increase energy, improve concentration, mental functions, and improve cardiac and pulmonary function. Research shows that glutathione levels decrease from 8% to 12% per decade, starting at the age of 20.
The advancement of age and other factors reduce glutathione production and its healthy effectsfor our body. Research has shown that people with low levels of glutathione are susceptible to chronic disease. Infectious diseases and toxins from the environment continually stress our immune system and create a decrease in traction.
A depressed immune system can cause the disease and that is a dangerous cycle! It is good to know that we need a high level of glutathione to maintain a productive and non-weakened immune system which in turn weakens the production of glutathione!
Important role of Glutathione:
• Combats oxidative cell damage (free radicals)
• Improvement of the immune system
• The transport of amino acids
• Cellular Detoxification
• Protein synthesis
• Combats cell inflammation
• Enzyme activation
• ATP (energy) Production
Glutathione, also known as GSH, is a small molecule containing 3 amino acids, which is called in chemistry a tripeptide, which are glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine.
The glutathione is not properly a component of the resurgence, however, good levels of that molecule are achieved in the organism with the administration of cysteine, of which one speaks in the following section.
Glutathione has the ability to donate an electron of hydrogen, which makes its bioactivity possible. For this same reason, it has been called the main intracellular antioxidant, ie the best antioxidant within the cell.
Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals, and the latter cause alterations of cell membranes and other structures, altering the DNA and in general protein, lipidic components, etc. and can cause cell death.
Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins, including ultraviolet rays, cigarette, and air pollution, can also increase the number of these harmful particles. Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process, as well as to health problems, such as the leading causes of death from disease in the western world, such as heart disease and cancer.
Glutathione and its derived enzymes can neutralize free radicals and help prevent many of the damage they cause.
Serious scientific studies have detected drops in the level of glutathione in all chronic diseases and its improvement has been verified when the levels of the same are restored.
Glutathione is therefore a fundamental component for life, if there is a shortage in the cell there is the possibility of getting sick and even dying.
Its main functions are: its performance on the immune system, the detoxification of the organism and the protection against the radiation.
The decreases in nitric oxide caused by the decrease of glutathione, are related to the increase of the inflammations and the genesis of many chronic diseases.
One of the main actions of glutathione, is that when lowering the level of free radicals increases nitric oxide levels and it is known that the decrease in nitric oxide is the cause of countless pathologies, mainly atherosclerosis.
Moreover, the levels of homocysteine are regulated, which are usually high when suffering from this problem, improving in the analytical protein C reactive, which, together with homocysteine, are considered the safest indexes to follow the evolution of these Patients.
It should also be considered that good levels of glutathione are fundamental in the fight against cancer, to the extent that in oncology, N-acetyl cysteine, a cysteine derivative, is used in combination with chemotherapy to improve the results of Chemotherapy itself. (See the Cysteine component below, in this same writing).
The chemotherapy division of the U.S. National Cancer Institute has been developing drugs over the last decade that help reduce the incidence of cancer. These powerful weapons in their arsenal are NAC-(N-acetyl cysteine) a potent drug that raises the levels of glutathione in the body.
American and European researchers including R.M. Balansky, D.C. Conaway and A. Witschi have successfully demonstrated that NAC inhibits the types of toxin-induced cancers such as “urethane, Noitrosamines, doxorubicin and Ethylnitrosourea” (in English).
Good news is the ability of NAC to protect against the carcinogenic properties of the cigarette. N. Van Sandwich from the Netherlands Cancer Institute writes: “NAC has emerged as a promising agent of cancer prevention.”
A major chemo-prevention trial sponsored by “Project screw up” measured the potential use of NAC against lung, breast, stomach and skin cancer. The results led to favorable comments from S. Of Flora, who noticed many positive mechanisms and effects of NAC and glutathione in cancer prevention.
Finally, it has been found that the glutathione decreases result in a decrease in immunity, and that it rebalances again its level in the organism when the levels of glutathione are restored.
There are hundreds of investigations that support the use of glutathione to prevent and treat diseases.
The effects that can be expected from a supplement of Glutathione are:
- Cataract Prevention
• Preventing retinal decay
• Cancer prevention, according to the aforementioned research
• Possible decrease in tumor growth
• Detoxification of the liver, cells and lymphatic system
• Helps in eliminating the phlegm of the lungs
• Prevention of heart disease
• Arthritis Prevention
• Diabetes prevention
• Blood sugar level stabilization
• Protection of the digestive system
• Stimulation of the immune system
• Slowing down the aging process
• Optimization of athletic results
• Reduced brain damage caused by embolism
• Reduced heart damage caused by a heart attack
• Decreased cholesterol levels
• Prevention of red blood cells.