Glutathione: The Mother of all Antioxidants and Master Detoxifier
What is glutathione, you might ask?
Liposomal glutathione is the superhero of all antioxidants. Its availability is momentous for maintaining health, protecting you from toxins, and promoting longevity. It is a critical regulator of oxidative stress and the most abundant endogenous antioxidant in most cells.
The body naturally produces liposomal glutathione, but it can be depleted when exposed to toxins such as cigarette smoke, pollutants, certain medications, or excessive stress.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of glutathione because its roles are many.
- • Direct neutralization of oxygen, hydroxyl, and superoxide free radicals
- • Cofactor for several antioxidant enzymes
- • Regeneration of vitamin C and E
- • Transportation of mercury out of your cells and the brain
- • Vital to mitochondrial function and mitochondrial DNA
- • Neutralization of free radicals produced by Phase I liver detox
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals, toxins, and antioxidants in your body.
Free radicals have an uneven number of electrons which allows them to easily react with other molecules in your body. These reactions are called oxidation. Have you ever seen steel corrode and rust when exposed to oxygen and moisture for a long period of time? This unpleasant reaction is similar to what occurs in the body when free radicals cause oxidative stress and go unchecked by antioxidants.
When oxidative stress is rampant in the body, disease states may occur over time. Some diseases associated with excessive free radical damage and glutathione depletion are Alzheimer’s, asthma, autoimmune disease, hypertension, cataracts, liver disease, and the aging process itself.
Our bodies are literally rusting from the inside as we age!
How to Increase Glutathione
Fortunately, there are many things we can do to optimize liposomal glutathione levels and reduce the negative effects of aging.
First, you want to decrease toxin exposure (including alcohol). Then add antioxidants to your diet through nutrient-dense foods and supplements such as glutathione, vitamin C and E, quercetin, and resveratrol. Finally, you can actually raise your glutathione levels up to 20% by reducing stress, meditating, and maintaining some regular physical exercise.
Start some good habits today by adding glutathione to your regiment. Your health is important and the best home you will ever have is your body. Send it some love.
You can start by heading to your nearest Martin’s Wellness location and asking for Liposomal Glutathione or visit our online store.