An antioxidant that is naturally found in almost every cell in the body, L-glutathione is found in high amounts in the liver where it plays an important role in detoxification. The more oxidative stress (i.e. free radical exposure) we’re under, the more antioxidants including glutathione we need, and we can’t always keep up with production. Oral supplementation can help fill the gap.
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- An antioxidant for the maintenance of good health
- Prevents free radical damage in the body
- Traditionally used to treat asthma and congested airways
- Helps to maintain Vitamin C and E levels in the body’s antioxidant network
- Involved in tissue repair and building
Glutathione is an antioxidant that is naturally produced in plants and fungi, some bacteria and archaea, and animals including humans. It is present in almost every cell in the body, and plays roles in detoxification, balancing inflammation, mitochondrial support, and keeping our whole body looking and feeling ship-shape.
One of its most important roles has to do with detoxification. As a source of sulphur, there are many liver functions in which it plays a part. It’s crucial for detoxification of drugs and xenobiotics. It can help transport mercury out of cells and the brain.
As an antioxidant, it helps to prevent damage from free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides and heavy metals. It’s also shown to decrease signs of premature aging like sun spots, decreased skin elasticity and wrinkles.
Other roles include helping to make some of the molecules that help with inflammatory balance like leukotriene and prostaglandins. In plants, it is involved with stress management.
Low glutathione levels are seen often when one is depleted - like in neurodegenerative disorders, trauma, burns, chronic exposures to chemical toxins and alcohol, and athletic overtraining. These are all excellent times to consider L-Glutathione supplementation.