A quick introduction to your body’s most important antioxidant. To find out more check out our what is glutathione page.
What is Glutathione, or GSH?
On a molecular level, a tripeptide made of Glutamine, Glycine, and Cysteine known as GSH. It’s commonly also referred to as the mother of all antioxidants because it is your body’s primary detoxifier and cellular protection. Naturally occurring and produced within you, it is found in highest concentrations in your liver.
This is because your liver is responsible for the production of mitochondrial GSH. Your liver is your body’s main detoxification organ, as well as enzyme producer, and transportation hub for your blood supply.
To get an idea of how important glutathione is, low GSH is more closely correlated with poor health than anything else. Low GSH levels are associate with almost all age related illnesses, everything from arthritis, ADHD, Autism, cancer, diabetes, and hepatitis to immune system health and the flu.
The reality is most diseases have an inflammatory component and systemic inflammation is linked to low glutathione.
How does glutathione do so much? It’s the primary defense responsible for clearing your body of toxins including common pollutants, inflammation from stress factors, and heavy metals that can accumulate over time. These three things can be the source of endless problems for your body if left unchecked and almost all of them lead to low glutathione levels.
Unfortunately your GSH levels do decrease over time and for a host of reasons.
First and foremost… your body produces less glutathione as it ages, it’s thought to begin declining in your mid 20’s.
Stress even just mental stress from work, nutrient deficient foods, pollution and exposure to common toxins are all to blame for lowering your GSH levels.