7 Benefits of Glutathione

Virtually everyone knows, through media exposure, that antioxidants are a good thing, but fewer people know what they are or the full extent of the benefits they offer. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that’s naturally produced in your liver and found in produce and meats. In fact, virtually all organisms on the planet contain some glutathione. It’s also the most abundant antioxidant in your body, protecting you against many health threats, such as heavy metals, organic toxins, and free radicals produced during metabolism. These can all damage the mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles of the body.

When your body has high levels of glutathione, you’re well-protected against these threats, and you may also experience high levels of energy, a sharp mind, glowing skin, and a healthy heart. The team at Laser & Vitality Institute understand the role this crucial antioxidant plays in your wellness picture. Led by Dr. Angelina Devera, the practice regularly uses glutathione-infused, medical-grade skin care products, as well as injectable forms designed to deliver the highest levels of the antioxidant directly where you need it.

The composition of glutathione

A protein made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine), glutathione has two forms: an active form called GSH, and its oxidized version, called GSSG. GSH is the powerhouse, providing the healing benefits to your body, during which it becomes GSSG. Your body then recycles GSSG, converting it back into GSH for further repairs.

The direct job of GSH is the protection of mitochondria, the power cells that convert glucose, protein, and fat into energy. Glutathione’s antioxidant effect keeps your body strong.

The 7 key benefits of glutathione

Because glutathione produces such a range of benefits due to its pervasive role throughout the body, you may see benefits beyond those listed here. These seven will give you a sense of glutathione’s power.

1. Antioxidant activity

Free radicals age your cells. It’s the same process that causes apple slices to turn brown or metal to rust. Glutathione stops free radicals, the by-products of your body’s energy-making capabilities.

2. Insulin sensitivity

Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance. Your cells “listen” to the insulin hormone, unlocking themselves to absorb blood glucose. Glutathione may help you stay sensitive to insulin, keeping blood sugar under control.

3. Detoxification

Your body has three phases of naturally occurring detoxification. Glutathione contributes to the first two phases, destroying free radicals and assisting enzymes that break down toxins.

4. Skin health

Glutathione is a key component in the continuous regeneration of healthy skin. The protein can regulate skin pigment, improve elasticity, and reduce wrinkles. Glutathione may also reduce the effects of psoriasis.

5. Inflammation

Inflammation is a common symptom of virtually all chronic illnesses and part of your natural healing process. But chronic inflammatory response wears down your body’s resources. Glutathione helps regulate the inflammation process.

6. Heart health

Most heart disease traces back to arterial plaque. Balanced levels of glutathione neutralize the lipid oxidation process that generates plaque.

7. Parkinson’s disease

There’s a link between low glutathione levels and decreased brain health. GSH can decrease the rate of decline in neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

From fresher skin to sharper brain acuity, your glutathione balance is essential to your wellness. When you think you might benefit from treatment, contact Dr. Devera and the team at Laser & Vitality Institute, by calling us at 714-880-8663 or by booking your consultation online.

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