Glutathione functions as an antioxidant and an antitoxin, protecting
us from the ravages of our increasingly toxic environment and our own
foibles. In addition, it is a protector of our immune defense system and
a promoter of efficient blood flow and production, yet it is not even
mentioned in major clinical textbooks.
While some of us have been dependent on glutathione to detoxify the
effects of “one too many,” your family physician has probably never heard
about its remarkable abilities.
*In medicine and science, as in life, we are all ‘prisoners of our training' and
tend to dismiss things we haven’t learned and/or don’t understand rather
than embracing them as opportunities to expand our knowledge.
Glutathione is found in every cell of the body. It is particularly concentrated
in the liver (detoxifier) and spleen (immune defense system) but the highest
amount of glutathione is found in the skin (the largest organ in the body).
Glutathione reaches concentrations that are thousands of times that of the
commonly advertised vitamins such as C, E, and/or A.
It has multiple functions that include, among others:
Ferrying (transporting) proteins between cells and among the
compartments of a cell Effectively detoxifying heavy metals, pesticides, food preservatives and
environmental pollutants among others (Phase II Detoxification) after
the liver initially detoxifies them (Phase I Detoxification) by changing
them into FREE RADICALS.
Activating the immune (defense) systems’ Delta Forces (first responders)
to attack the invader and protecting it from self-annihilation (free radical
generation).Regenerating a wide variety of other antioxidants.
Glutathione’s major function, however, is as the MASTER ANTIOXIDANT
In fact, glutathione is:
• The most concentrated and important intracellular (inside the cell) thiol
• Low molecular weight
• Sulfhydryl-containing (primed to neutralize free radicals)
• Peptide (small protein)
• Found in all mammalian cells
• The most important free-radical trap (antioxidant) in humans
CONSEQUENCES OF DECREASED GLUTATHIONE