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Formed from the amino acids, cysteine, glycine and glutamine, it is extremely important for maintaining the health of the liver, and critical for the detoxification of numerous drugs, heavy metals and other substances. It plays a vital role in the function and health of the immune system, helps protect DNA and regulate cell division, and recycles other antioxidants in the body. As we age, our levels reduce by around 10% per decade. Poor diet, stress, lack of sleep and exposure to environmental toxins also reduce levels.
Glutathione is an antioxidant in plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria and archaea. Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals. Glutathione is made up of three amino acids: L-cysteine, glycine, and L-glutamate. Proponents claim that glutathione supplements can help treat and prevent a number of health conditions. This article reviews what GSH is, what it does, and some of the health benefits it provides to the body.
As an antioxidant, glutathione helps your body balance free radicals and stay healthy. It works at the cellular level to prevent inflammation and other cell damage that can make you sick. GSH is found in certain foods, but can also be taken as a dietary supplement. The benefits of glutathione may include: 1. Antioxidant activity. Free radicals may contribute to aging and some diseases.
Types of Glutathione include; L-Glutathione (Reduced Glutathione), Liposomal Glutathione and Acetyl-Glutathione.
Although both make great contributions to our skin’s overall look, they each play a different role. While Collagen supports the structure and flexibility of the dermal matrix in the skin, Glutathione provides an antioxidant benefit to help combat the environmental challenges that are posed upon skin integrity in general. Finding which one is necessary between the two depends on your skin health concern.
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