Free radicals are molecules that steal electrons from healthy cells, potentially damaging them in the process. Antioxidants stabilize and neutralize the harmful activity of free radicals by donating electrons to them. Free radicals are formed continuously when making energy and many other functions in the body and brain.
Glutathione (GSH) is a combination of the amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamate. It acts as an antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and clearing toxic waste from the body. Additionally, glutathione supports white and red blood cell production, DNA integrity, and immune function. It is found in every living cell, but of highest concentration in the liver and critical in the body’s detoxification process. Glutathione is arguably the most important antioxidant formed in the body.
The human body is taxed on a daily basis by viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, medications, stress, and even normal aging cells. These factors can create free radical damage and deplete Glutathione.
Options to Increase Glutathione Levels in the Body and Organs
- NAC provides cysteine, the limiting amino acid needed to form glutathione.
- Take S acetyl or Liposomal Glutathione which are the only forms that survive the digestion to enhance blood levels.
- A new probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 has shown to increase Glutathione levels by 20% while also providing an anti-inflammatory effect, and reduced oxidation of lipids, leading to reduced LDL particles, triglycerides, and homocysteine.
- Silymarin from Milk Thistle has shown to increase levels of glutathione in the liver and kidneys by up to 35%.
- Lipoic Acid increases intracellular levels of Glutathione.
Curcumin Boosts Memory & Glutathione
Results from a recently published 18 month study at UCLA showed a 28% improvement in memory in people with mild memory loss. UCLA is at the forefront of studying the turmeric extract curcumin for brain health. A group of Neurologists previously developed the Longvida form of curcumin that passes the blood brain barrier. Curcumin inhibits inflammation promoting enzymes and activates a gene that stimulates Glutathione and other essential antioxidants.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your doctor before starting any supplements.