Dr. Kassam The Master Antioxidant: Glutathione
The Master Antioxidant: Glutathione
Written by: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
Antioxidants are a hot topic right now because of their immense benefit to overall health and well-being. Our bodies make free radicals as part of our metabolism. Free radicals can also enter our system from external sources like smoking, alcohol, toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants. These free radicals can cause havoc on the body by causing oxidative damage and destroying cells which can then lead to an increased risk for cancer and other chronic diseases. Antioxidants work to bind up these toxins and facilitate their excretion from the body.
Glutathione is a very important antioxidant as is often referred to as the “Master Antioxidant”. Glutathione is a compound that the body can naturally produce and recycle. Every cell in the body requires it to function, so it is in high demand! Glutathione is made of 3 amino acids: Cysteine, Glutamate and Glycine. Many people are actually quite deficient in Glutathione because of factors like ageing, stress, toxin exposure and regular antibiotic use. Low levels of Glutathione can contribute to oxidative stress which plays a key role in ageing and the development of diseases like cancer, respiratory conditions, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, Liver disease and Macular degeneration.
Why do you need Glutathione?
How can you increase your levels of Glutathione?
A word on Glutathione supplements
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for optimal health and disease prevention. Increasing its levels in the body helps with energy levels, reduces toxin accumulation, aids in disease prevention, improves fertility and plays a role in anti-aging. As a result of its poor absorption, ensure to supplement with the correct form to maximize its benefit on the body! Ask your Naturopathic Doctor if Glutathione supplementation may be right for you!
The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.