Gluta-What?!? Mother of Antioxidants, Five Fast Facts

In preparation for the onslaught of free radical damage coming our way courtesy of the BBQ extravagance made possible by memorial day weekend, we thought it important to introduce you to Glutathione. Glutathione meet people, people meet Glutathione.

Maybe you’ve already met or heard the name passed around town. Glutathione has more nicks than Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen. She is called “Mother of all Antioxidants, Master of Antioxidants, and Your Preeminent Free Radical Scavenger.” She is one of the most talked about supplements in the natural health and medical circles. Rightfully, so too! 131,985 peer reviewed journal articles mention Glutathione.

What exactly is Glutathione? It is a peptide used and made by every cell in your body essential to maintaining a healthy immune system, and fundamental to achieving wellness. Glutathione helps prevent damage to cells by neutralizing harmful molecules generated during energy production while playing a role in processing medications and cancer-causing compounds, and building DNA, proteins, and other important cellular components.

Five things you don’t know about Glutathione:

Glutathione Deficiency Causes

Glutathione deficiency is caused by hard living (think excesses), recurrent infections, chronic physical/mental/emotional stress, injuries, toxic environments including heavy metals, GMOs, Splenda and its artificially sweetening cronies, overuse of antibiotics, and hot dogs (think processed foods).

Glutathione & Anti-aging

Researchers observed mean and maximum life longevity increases of 42% and 44% respectively when blood levels of glutathione were increased in animals. This is a very promising anti-aging treatment.

Glutathione Detoxification

Glutathione binds to heavy metals, toxins, and free radicals caused by our diet and environment and shows them the door. This includes helping rid the body of pernicious mercury.  Additionally, Glutathione helps protect our lungs through an enzymatic metabolic pathway that protects cellular proteins and DNA from oxidation caused by airborne pollutants like cigarette smoke and smog.

Glutathione & Cognitive Function & Cancer

Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease, and cancer have been linked to a deficiency in Glutathione due to the effects of oxidative damage in its absence.

If you are thinking about righting the wrongs from this weekend…

We, at Thornburg Pediatrics, call her GlutaGut.  We carry it as a supplement in a more absorbent form called S-Acetyl Glutathione carefully manufactured by cGMP certification for purity and efficacy in 200 mg acid-resistant vegetarian capsules. If you would like to give Glutathione a try give us a jingle, slide through, drop a tweet, find us on Facebook, or send us a postie.  

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