Glutathione is one of the body’s most important and potent antioxidants. It is responsible for our natural immunity and the production of antibodies through its direct link to our cellular metabolism.
Glutathione is naturally produced by your liver. It is found in most of your body’s tissues and plays an extremely important role in protecting cells from damage and toxins in your system. One of its vital functions is to repair cell damage (that can damage our DNA), produce proteins, detoxify liver and other organs, activate enzymes, help with proper chemical balance, and help your body process nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Glutathione is linked to our immune system; it is a natural defence against harmful chemicals, viruses, and other invading pathogens. A proper balance and percent/ amount of it are needed within our body in order for our immune system to function properly. We have a natural immunity built-in within us to combat most health conditions, diseases, and other health issues.
The number 1 important factor for good health is healthy cells. If our cells are not functioning properly and are damaged, our immune system is unable to properly function, which leads to health issues. Attending to our cells is critical, therefore, making Glutathione one of its vital and potent antioxidants for repairing cells and boosting cellular metabolism.
To understand this better: “Glutathione is responsible for our natural immunity and the production of proper antibodies with its direct link to our cell metabolism”. Your immunity is your best friend, and your immunity’s best friend is Glutathione.
So, let’s jump in.
Glutathione is made up of three Amino Acids: Cysteine, Glutamate, and Glycine. They are needed for cell building, hormone balance, and neuro-brain activity. Amino acids are responsible for the production of proteins in order to help break down foods and repair tissue damage, growth, and other bodily functions. Proteins play a critical role in our cells and are needed for the structure, function, and regulation of our body’s tissues and organs. Protein function is also needed for building antibodies. Our antibodies bind to specific invading pathogens and particles, such as viruses and bacteria, and fight them to protect our bodies. They help eliminate disease-causing microbes and block them from infecting our cells.
As an important antioxidant, Glutathion helps combat free radicals, which are unstable atoms and molecules that can damage your body’s cells and DNA. Free radicals are caused by oxidative stress, which is the imbalance of atoms in your body (missing electrons) that can create chemical reactions, leading to a variety of health diseases (such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, and more). Antioxidants work by donating their electrons without becoming unstable themselves.
We get these free radicals either naturally due to age or by exposure to certain environmental factors, such as chemicals, pollution, drugs, alcohol, medical conditions, viruses, etc. You can download and read our Heavy Metal Toxicity Guide for more information.
Glutathione plays a role in removing chemicals from your body.
Glutathione levels decrease with age, poor nutrition, stress, chronic disease, infections, poor health, and weakened immune systems. Glutathione assists with:
- Removal of toxins and cancer-causing substances
- Natural creation and repair of DNA
- Cellular metabolism
- Activation of enzymes
- Breakdown of nutrients
- Regulating immune response
- Production of Proteins, Antibodies, and other needed bodily functions
All of this is connected and functions as a cycle. But when there is a break in that cycle, the whole system starts falling apart and people develop health issues
Health Benefits of Glutathione
Glutathione plays an important role in supporting overall health.
- Regenerating Vitamins C & E
- Regulating Cell Growth & Cell Death
- Activating Antioxidant Enzymes
- Reducing Inflammation
- Promoting Cardiovascular Health
- Shown to slow cancer progression
- Preventing & improving neurodegenerative conditions
- Minimizing cell damage from liver disease
- Improving insulin resistance
- Improving neural brain activity
- Removing mercury from the brain
- May improve psoriasis
- Increases mobility for people with peripheral artery disease
- Reducing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Helps fight against autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation
- Children with autism have higher levels of oxidative damage and lower levels of glutathione in their brains. It helps decrease susceptibility to neurological damage
- Reduces respiratory disease symptoms
- Promotes with formation of sperm cells
- Helps liver and gallbladder deal with fats
- Helps with allergy symptoms and much more
Studies have shown that Glutathione helps slow aging process, preserve memory, improve brain activity and concentration. It also helps protect against a wide range of health conditions such as:
- Lyme Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- High Cholesterol
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Side Effects after Chemotherapy
Glutathione is best delivered through Intravenous Vitamin Therapy (I.V.). Other ingredients combined in the IV will boost your body’s production of glutathione. These include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
For more information, you can check out our Naturopathic page & download our I.V. Vitamin Therapy Guide.
Natural Ways to Boost Your Glutathione Levels
Keep in mind that foods and supplements may not provide enough Glutathione in your body because they break down in your stomach. The best way to deliver the needed amount to your cells is through the IV.
Natural Ways to Increase Your Glutathione Levels:
- Sulphur-Rich Foods: Derived from dietary proteins, such as beef, fish, and poultry. Vegetarian sources of sulfur such as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, watercress, and mustard greens, as well as allium vegetables such as garlic, shallots, and onions.
- Vitamin C Foods: Vitamin C is found in variety of foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, and bell peppers.
- Selenium-Rich Foods: Selenium is an essential mineral needed for glutathione activity. Some of the best sources of selenium can be found in beef, chicken, fish, organ meats, cottage cheese, brown rice, and brazil nuts.
- Get Enough Sleep: A good night’s rest is essential for overall health. Long-term and chronic lack of sleep can cause oxidative stress and hormone imbalances.
- Exercise: Regular exercise, specifically cardio and weight training, may help increase Glutathione levels.
- Drink Less Alcohol: Alcohol decreases Glutathione levels, especially in the lungs. People who regularly consume excessive amounts of alcohol can have an 80–90% decrease in lung Glutathione.