Glutathione: Why it’s Important & Why You Need More of It

df213744a3cd57c5d6547dcb4a2e4da8049415dc_glutathionePronounced “gloota-thigh-own”, this master detoxifier is also vital to the treatment of everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease, but you’ve probably never heard of it.
Your body actually produces glutathione, but it also easily depletes it. Factors that affect glutathione levels include: poor diet, lack of nutrition, pollution, medications, stress, toxins, infections, aging and radiation. When glutathione is depleted it leaves your cells vulnerable to attack by free radicals, infections, and cancer. It can also cause liver damage, which leaves it unable to conduct proper detoxification.
Glutathione deficiency is one of the most common characteristics of very ill patients. Patients suffering from diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, autism, chronic infections, kidney problems, liver disease, and autoimmune disease all typically suffer from low levels of glutathione.
The body’s ability to produce and maintain high levels of glutathione is critical to recovery, disease prevention, and maintaining optimal health.
Glutathione Defined
Glutathione is a naturally produced molecule made of proteins and amino acids – cysteine, glycine and glutamine. The secret to its success is sulfur (SH). The sulfur within glutathione acts like glue, trapping free radicals and toxins as the flow through the body.
Once glutathione does its job of collecting free radicals and pollutants, it must be recycled. Specific genes are required to metabolism (burn) glutathione, and recycle it. These genes are often referred to as GSTM1 and GSTP1.
Unfortunately some people are born without these necessary genes, and overtime become very ill.
Top 5 Ways Glutathione Protects the Body
Glutathione plays an important role in the process of free radicals by recycling antioxidants. When free radicals enter the body, they are passed from vitamin C to vitamin E then to lipoic acid and finally to glutathione. Once this process is completed, the body can regenerate a new protective glutathione molecule, and repeat the process.
When we introduce too many toxins into our bodies, we overwhelm our systems and deplete our glutathione levels. Without the proper levels of glutathione our bodies are left unable to protect ourselves against free radicals, infections or cancer. We’re left unable to get rid of toxins in the body.
Glutathione is also critically important to the immune system. It helps the body fight infections, which is why it can be used in the treatment of AIDS.
Your body needs to detoxify, and glutathione plays a key role in that as well. Toxins stick to the molecule, which then carries them into the bile and stool — and out of your body.
Research also shows that raised glutathione levels:
• Increase strength & endurance
• Shift the function of metabolism from fat production to muscle development
• Decrease muscle damage
• Reduce recovery time

Increase Glutathione Levels
You can do many things to increase glutathione levels in the body. There are foods which can help boost glutathione levels, and supplements are available as well. Exercise has also been shown to increase glutathione levels.

At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we understand the significance of this healing and detoxifying molecule. Patients can benefit from our innovative glutathione therapy treatments. Increase your glutathione levels, and start feeling better. Contact us to learn more about our glutathione treatment or to schedule an appointment today.

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