Glutathione is a “super-antioxidant” that benefits the entire body. It is one of the few antioxidants that can neutralize the full spectrum of free radicals. Glutathione is a compound involved as a coenzyme in oxidation–reduction reactions in cells. It is a tripeptide derived from glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine and acts both an intracellular antioxidant and a regulator of all other antioxidants. This substance helps prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides. It is very important for the health of the eye’s retina and lens.
Low glutathione levels in the body have been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and aging in general.
The body is capable of producing glutathione. However, it needs a combination of nutrients to do this including the amino acids L-cysteine, L-Glutamine and L-Glycine, Vitamin C, selenium and alpha lipoic acid . Glutamate and glycine are non-essential amino acids because they are manufactured by the body itself. The typical diet does not contain cysteine in large quantities. Therefore, supplementation ensures a significant amount of this antioxidant is available to the body.
Excellent food sources for glutathione come from the cruciferous family of vegetables which includes Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, collard greens, watercress, turnips and bok choy.
Whey protein can serve as a cysteine delivery system for boosting glutathione levels and improving immune health.
Glutathione is very poorly absorbed taken in capsule or pill form. It is better absorbed in the reduced form either in a sublingual format or in an intra-oral spray (best taken in a formula that includes at least some of the precursors that help the Liver produce more glutathione). One formula that fits this criteria is the ACG Glutathione Extra Strength Spray. The therapeutic dose is 12 sprays into the mouth twice a day shortly before meals for the first month, then the maintenance dose is 6 sprays twice daily. It is free from common allergens and animal products.
What Causes Low Glutathione Levels?
Poor eating habits, chronic stress, aging, air and water pollution, certain types of medicines, trauma, infections and even radiation can reduce Glutathione levels. As a result, the body becomes more likely to be damaged by infections, oxidization, and even cancer. Low levels of this amino acid can cause the liver to be over-worked, therefore making it less capable of detoxifying.
Researchers have 76,000+ studies on the effects of glutathione levels on the health of the body. Studies have looked at eye disease, anti-aging protection, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, and cancer. See our article, Increased glutathione may protect retina against free radical damage.
Source: See Literature Cited on our ACG Glutathione Extra Strength Spray page.