Glutathione: Defense Against Aging & Diseases

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Diseases Linked to Decreased Glutathione

Your body constantly reacts with oxygen as you breathe and your cells produce energy. As a consequence of this activity, highly reactive molecules are produced known as free radicals.

Free radicals interact with other molecules within cells. This can cause oxidative damage to proteins, membranes and DNA.

Oxidative damage has been implicated in the cause of many diseases and has an impact on the body’s aging process.

Here are just some of the diseases caused by oxidative stress:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Lung Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases like Parkinson’s and                                                Alzheimer’s
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Eye Diseases like Macular Degeneration

External factors, such as pollution, sunlight and smoking, also trigger the production of free radicals.

The Answer to Oxidative Stress
To counteract oxidative stress, the body uses an armoury of antioxidants to defend itself. It’s the job of antioxidants to neutralise or ‘mop up’ free radicals that can harm our cells.

Our body uses antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E to fight these free radicals by stabilizing them. All of them are important, but pale in comparison to those your body creates every day.

These internally produced (endogenous) antioxidants, although few in number, are far more powerful and in the case of glutathione, far more prevalent (higher in concentration) than anything we might ingest.
There are just four main endogenous antioxidants:

  • Glutathione
  • Superoxide dismutase
  • Catalase
  • Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10)

Of these antioxidants,  the multi-talented glutathione is the undisputed or queen of antioxidants.

Download a list of Diseases Associated with Decreased Glutathione.

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