Most of us haven’t heard of it, but glutathione has become a buzzword among those in the know, as the understanding of just how powerful this antioxidant is increases.
What exactly is an antioxidant and why do we need them?
Antioxidants are nutrients or enzymes, that play an important role in the body because they counteract the process of oxidation in your tissue. Oxidation is a normal process that produces free radicals and these molecules can cause great harm if our levels of antioxidants are not sufficient to protect us.
Now, the important thing to understand is that not all antioxidants are the same. There are thousands of substances that act as antioxidants, from the familiar ones such as vitamin C and vitamin E to the less well known. Polyphenols, anyone?
In recent years, glutathione has emerged as a superstar antioxidant. Your body naturally produces glutathione, but lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, medications, stress, trauma, pollutions and toxins and the ageing process itself, can deplete our supplies.
The benefits of glutathione
- Plays a preventative role in neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
- Prevents cancer and can improve the body’s reaction to chemotherapy.
- Critical for detoxification; glutathione is high in sulphur, a molecule that works hard to shift toxins from your body.
- Slows down the ageing process.
- Helps to fight against allergies.
- Enhance mental and physical function; professional athletes are embracing IV Nutrient Drips that contain glutathione because of the benefits they bring. However, even if you’re just struggling to get down to the gym it can have a positive impact on performance. Glutathione has been proved to improve strength and endurance, as well as decrease muscle damage and recovery time.
- Finding it hard to get rid of those lumps and bumps? Glutathione can kickstart the metabolism to shift fat production to muscle development.
Glutathione also has powerful aesthetic benefits for your skin. We know that free radicals caused by environmental factors such as sun damage, smoking or stress can have a damaging effect on the skin and glutathione fights hard against this. It also slows down the formation of melanin, responsible for darkening the skin and producing sun spots, so glutathione could be the answer for a lighter, brighter complexion.
How do I increase my levels of glutathione?
Eating a sulphur-rich diet can help to increase your levels of glutathione – foods such as garlic, onion, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. – but many people are exploring IV Vitamin Drips as an effective way to deliver glutathione direct to where it’s most needed.