Master antioxidant: Glutathione

Deepika Rathod

People are using a product called glutathione which comes in the form of cream, soap, infusion and capsules. It helps improve one’s skin and energy levels and so is it the new fad. Let’s check it out closely.

Glutathione (GSH) which is called the master antioxidant or mother of all antioxidants is basically made of amino acids, glutamic acid, glycine and cysteine. GSH is the main antioxidant in our body and can be found in virtually every cell with the highest concentration in the liver. It is carried in bile from the liver to the intestine from where it is absorbed in the circulatory system further and distributed throughout the body. Under normal conditions GSH is not an essential nutrient for us since it can be synthesised in the body from its component amino acids. But viruses, bacteria, heavy metal toxicity, radiations, certain medications and even the normal process of aging can cause stress and damage healthy cells and deplete GSH. A study found that when the GSH antioxidant system is imbalanced in liver diseases it leads to an increase in oxidative stress.

Benefits of glutathione

 Glutathione helps ward off the impact of oxidative stress that is produced in the body on a day to day basis which in turn keeps one healthy and stress-free.

 Glutathione helps improve protein levels, various enzymes and bilirubin levels in the blood of those who suffer from alcoholic and non-alcoholic chronic fatty liver disease. This suggests that it acts as an antioxidant to cleanse the liver and improve its health.

 It plays important role in weight management and improving insulin resistance.

 Being the master antioxidant, it works to protect cell mitochondria by eliminating free radicals. This means it reduces stress from every cell in the body and helps build one’s immunity.

 It also works on improving nerve functioning which suggests that it helps people suffering with brain or nervous system related disease.

These are few of the benefits of the antioxidant. Foods that improve GSH production naturally in the body are avocado, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, asparagus, garlic and onion. Curcumin and cumin seeds help boost GSH levels. Milk thistle is an excellent source of the antioxidant flavonoid complex silymarin which prevents lipid peroxidation of GSH, and boosts and maintains its levels. The other vitamins and minerals that act as catalysts in the production of GSH are B-complex vitamins, vitamins D, A, E and C, and a few minerals like zinc, selenium, etc.

In conclusion, all that’s trending is not always a fad as glutathione really has several health benefits.

However, never try supplements without any guidance because as suggested our body too is capable of producing it naturally.


Comments are closed.

Published by

Recent Posts

‘Even a drop of pollution in Ganga matter of concern’

New Delhi: Even a drop of pollution in Ganga is a matter of concern and the attitude of all authorities…

9 hours ago

Saradha scam: ex-Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar moves SC

New Delhi: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner (CP) Rajeev Kumar moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking extension of the seven-day…

9 hours ago

Expert suggests biotech solution to abate mining pollution

Bhubaneswar: Mining plays a significant role in the economic development of countries, but it also poses environmental threats, which, if…

9 hours ago

TMC dubs exit polls as gossip

Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress, which has dubbed exit polls as “gossip”, said on Monday its internal reports from districts and…

9 hours ago

Cong workers put on brave face despite gloomy projections

New Delhi: Exit polls painted a grim picture for the Congress but party workers remained unfazed, asserting that the results…

9 hours ago

Stocks, rupee rally as exit polls point to NDA victory

Mumbai: Indian equities on Monday posted their biggest single-day gains in over six years, the rupee saw its best day…

9 hours ago