Glutathione Treatments 101: Part 1 — The Mother of All Antioxidants
If you are aging prematurely, feeling run down or depressed, or are suffering from lung disease, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction or any of a number of auto-immune or inflammatory conditions, one of the underlying issues could be that your body is running low on reduced glutathione (GSH). A powerful and normally abundant antioxidant, glutathione protects cells from oxidative stress — a condition that ensues when free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them.
Abundant amounts of glutathione are required in the liver and brain to reduce inflammation, support healthy detoxification, reduce infection, protect DNA, and support the clearance of medications. As the “mother of all antioxidants,” glutathione has a wide array of positive impacts on the body. It can help to support the liver following alcohol consumption, reduce some of the negative impacts associated with smoking, and speed recovery from viruses, infection, exercise, and injuries.
In Part 1 of this two-part series, we explain the importance of maintaining a healthy ratio of reduced-to-oxidized glutathione, present common illnesses that arise when imbalances are left untreated, explain the benefits of glutathione, and reveal the risks of having too much GSH. In Part 2, we will cover how we use glutathione at the BioDesign Wellness Center in many of our treatments for a wide range of health conditions.
Maintaining a Healthy Ratio of GSH-to-GSSG
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