Glutathione (GSH) plays a major role in many different cellular functions. It protects cells from oxidative damage thereby helping to maintain cellular homeostasis. Oxidants make their way into our bodies along multiple pathways. GSH studies typically involve the liver, the lungs, and viral diseases but the benefits of Glutathione branch out beyond that (Forman, Zhang, & Rinna, 2009).
Maintaining proper levels of Glutathione can contribute to:
- Improvements in energy, sleep, mental focus, and recovery after exercise.
- Supporting immune defenses, liver functions, the circulatory system, digestive health, respiratory functions, and brain tissue health.
- Additionally reducing the effects of inflammation common with aging, increasing cellular detoxification, and critical in increasing disease protection.
High stress levels, certain medications, and a poor diet can all deplete the body’s glutathione reservoirs. The average American consumes only 35 milligrams of glutathione per day. This is far short of the optimal daily intake of 250 milligrams. We also make less Glutathione as we age (Gutherie, 2011). If you are concerned about your Glutathione levels or want to know more, contact Dr. Sara to make an appointment.
Forman, H. J., Zhang, H., & Rinna, A. (2009). Glutathione: Overview of its protective roles, measurement, and biosynthesis. Molecular Aspects of Medicine, 30(1–2), 1-12. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mam.2008.08.006
Gutherie, C. (2011). Glutathione: The Great Protector. Experience LIfe, April 2011.