Monday, 28 November 2011

Glutathione: A Very Powerful Antioxidant

Glutathione, being the mother of all antioxidants, is a tripeptide that contains an unusual peptide linkage between the amine group of cysteine and the carboxyl group of glutamate side chain. It is an antioxidant preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals and peroxides. Glutathione not only acts as antioxidant, but also as detoxifier and immune booster. What this powerful antioxidant does to your body is repair damage caused by stress, pollution, aging, radiation, infection, injury, and poor diet.

Antioxidants like the popularly known Vitamin C and E are important to achieve a healthy life as they neutralize free radicals that can build up in cells and cause damage. Since glutathione exists within the cells of our body, it is the body's primary defense against harmful free radicals. It has widespread health benefits because it can be found in all types of cells, most importantly, the cells of the immune system, that fight diseases.

Glutathione occurs naturally in many foods and those who have healthy habits and healthy diet have enough supply of it. Those diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables are most like considered fine while those poor diets may get insufficient amount of glutathione. The powerful effect of glutathione makes cell functions run smoothly. It also helps the liver remove chemicals foreign to the body such as drugs and pollutants.

Glutathione is said to be not well absorbed if taken orally. It is advised to take glutathione intravenously, which can be done by injecting it to your vein. Though some people have fears or phobia, and in some cases have very low tolerance of pain, glutathione capsules are the best option.

Studies demonstrated that glutathione can fight any type of disease, particularly those diseases associated with aging since most of them occur at old age. The best studies have been conducted in cancer. One study was conducted involving women with ovarian cancer. Some women took glutathione while being treated by chemotherapy. Those women who were given glutathione not only had fewer side effects from chemotherapy but also had better overall survival rates.

Nevertheless, people have tried glutathione for the treatment of a whole host of conditions including high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts,and male infertility.

Overall, taking glutathione or its precursors in reasonable amounts appears to be quite safe, although it should be avoided in people with milk protein allergies and in those who have received an organ transplant. There is also some concern, however, about the safety of taking glutathione for the one condition for which there is the greatest evidence of its usefulness: cancer.

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