Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant for Anti-Aging

By Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that plays a role in maintaining good health. It is a tripeptide composed of three amino acids – cysteine, glutamine, and glycine. Glutathione is a critical component of the body’s detoxification system, helping to remove harmful toxins and chemicals that can damage cells and tissues.

Glutathione is often referred to as the “master antioxidant” due to its ability to recycle and regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, that have been used up in the body. Antioxidants are essential for neutralizing free radicals, which can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Glutathione also plays a crucial role in supporting the immune system, helping to fight off infections and diseases. It is necessary for the proper functioning of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off harmful pathogens. Low levels of glutathione have been linked to a weakened immune system and increased rates of infection.

In addition to its role as an antioxidant and immune system supporter, glutathione is also involved in other critical bodily functions, including protein synthesis, DNA repair, and cell proliferation. It is also important for maintaining the healthy liver function, as the liver relies on glutathione to detoxify harmful substances.

There are several ways you can boost your glutathione levels. One of the most effective ways is to eat a healthy diet rich in sulfur-containing foods like garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables. Sulfur is a key component of glutathione, and these foods can help to provide the building blocks for glutathione synthesis.

Exercise is another great way to support glutathione production. Exercise has been shown to increase glutathione levels in the body, which may be one of the reasons why regular physical activity is associated with a lower risk of chronic disease.

A supplementation is also an option for those who are looking to boost their glutathione levels. However, it’s important to note that oral supplementation of glutathione may not be very effective, as the molecule is broken down during digestion. Instead, experts recommend taking supplements like N-acetylcysteine (NAC), which can help to increase glutathione synthesis in the body, or getting glutathione via IV (which provides 100% absorption).

As we age, our bodies produce less glutathione, making us more vulnerable to the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress. Glutathione IVs have fantastic clinical results, including more youthful-looking skin, decreased joint pain, more energy, and better cognition.

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Larkin for IV glutathione, call : (858) 255-8244 to set up a free 15-minute consultation today!