The Basics Behind This Powerful Antioxidant
Glutathione is an antioxidant that is naturally produced in the liver. An antioxidant is a chemical that counteracts the oxidization and deterioration of stored food products. In the case of glutathione, this compound also neutralizes free radicals in the blood, boosts your immune system, and detoxifies the body.
This particular antioxidants’ levels can fluctuate based on environment, stress, and a variety of other factors. It is essential to human health that the body maintains a certain level of glutathione. A decrease in the overall glutathione levels in the body have a very negative impact on the total energy your body is able to output.
The U.S National Library of Medicine states that a Glutathione Sythetase Deficiency is “a disorder that prevents the production of an important molecule called glutathione. Glutathione helps prevent damage to cells by neutralizing harmful molecules generated during energy production.
A Rich, Natural Resource For Athletic Performance
For athletes who are trying to live at peak performance, a lack of glutathione will result in your body being drained of its energy and will be unable to fight off viruses or free radicals.
Here at ReSquared Medical, our team of doctors and health experts have designed a custom IV therapy solution that incorporates an oral glutathione supplement to help correct the bodies back to its natural function.
Based on an article from immunehealthscience.com
“The amount of dietary glutathione is very small compared to the amount of glutathione found in live tissues. Daily glutathione intake from glutathione foods averages 100-150 mg. A healthy adult has about 10g of glutathione circulating in the body tissues. Thus, dietary intake comprises only 1-1.5% of circulating GSH. The rest of glutathione is produced by cells using glutathione precursors – amino-acids glutamate, glycine and cysteine, the latter being the limiting factor of how much glutathione your cells are able to produce. Although oral or dietary glutathione has low impact on glutathione levels, glutathione foods are still an integral part of a glutathione boosting protocol”
Where Can You Find Glutathione?
It is also essential to remember that glutathione can be found naturally in a variety of vegetables! Some of these veggies include asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, and beets to name a few. As stated above, dietary intake will only make up around 1.5% of the total glutathione ingested, but that is still a critical part to a healthy diet.
One things to consider when preparing foods with glutathione in them is that cooking reduces glutathione content in foods, so do the length and conditions of storage and farming practices.
Only uncooked raw vegetables, fruit, raw eggs, raw unpasteurized milk and dairy, raw or rare meats are rich in glutathione. Cooked, pasteurized and processed foods contain far less glutathione or none at all. When trying to build a diet around healthy eating and ingesting glutathione try to eat as much uncooked and unprocessed vegetables as possible. If certain recipes call for cooking, of the vegetables, try lightly steaming to remove the least amount of nutritional benefits.
For example, one study discusses what happens when you freeze glutathione:
“showed 73-80.6% reduction in glutathione content of human breast milk after mere 2 hours of being frozen (80.6%), refrigerated (79.1%) or kept at room temperature (73%) for later use as food for infants. This is a significant drop compared to fresh unstored breast milk, taking into account the fact that breast milk is the only source of glutathione for newborns and babies as they do not yet produce much on their own”
Additional Health Benefits
Oral supplements of glutathione, in conjunction with the IV treatment, have been shown to decrease blotchiness or discoloration of skin in people with Asian, olive, and dark skin. The way this works is that melanin acts as the pigment that gives our skin its color, produced by the activation of the enzyme Tyrosinase. GSH binds to Tyrosinase and helps prevent the enzymatic pathways from producing melanin. The second is a much more important role. GSH helps to prevent the activation of Tyrosinase by reducing free radicals in the body that can activate it and cause an increase in melanin production.
This research can be backed up by a publication in the Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan by Yakugaku Zasshi. This publication provides a more scientific background to the evidence presented above. This primary source of success within this process is that the Melanin, which provides the skin its color, will be inhibited from carrying the pigments to the skin. When the melanin fails to reach the skin for a long period of time it will become void of color, and will start to return to a whiter state. For most patients looking for successfully skin whitening, they are trying to bring all of their skin to one matching tone well reducing blotchiness or patching.
Additionally, research demonstrates that food high in glutathione reduced the risk of getting mouth cancer.