What is Glutathione?
Glutathione, also known as GSH and glycine is an amino acid. It is known as non-essential because your body can produce it. It is found in meat, fish, eggs and some plant proteins.
What does Glutathione do in the body?
Glutathione is required for protein and DNA synthesis and repair, as well as activation of many enzymes in the body. It works to protect the cell from oxidative stress from the inside, rather than from the outside, like many other antioxidants. It is often given intravenously in hospitals in the case of paracetamol/drug over dose to help support the liver to remove the toxins from the body.
Why do I need Glutathione?
Glutathione is required in every cell, and when levels drop too low, it results in cell death. Even though the body makes Glutathione, it cannot maintain healthy levels for our emotionally and psychically demanding lifestyles, especially in the immune system cells. Our modern lives are full of stressors and toxins which produce oxidative damage. The food that we eat to the products that we put on our skin, all contain toxins. Combine this with reduced levels of antioxidants in our foods due to modern farming methods, and we end up with a lot of antioxidant ‘dept’.
How do I take Glutathione supplements?
Glutathione is available as ‘Glutathione’ and ‘Reduced Glutathione’. Reduced Glutathione basically means that it is has a neutral charge and is able to be used by the body to protect cells from oxidative stress. Glutathione is available in a capsule and as a gel. If you want to use Glutathione as an amino acid it is best to take it on an empty stomach with a carbohydrate snack such as a piece of fruit. Proteins which are broken down into amino acids compete for absorption with each other, so taking it away from protein allows your body to utilise more Glutathione.
Dosage range from 50-500mg