Oxidative stress is an important health concern in today’s fast-paced world. It is a process that causes cell damage and leads to accelerated aging. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant capable of combating oxidative stress. Let’s consider the role glutathione plays in anti-aging and reducing oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress occurs when the levels of substances called free radicals and oxidants are increased in the body. These substances act as triggers for important functions like increasing heart rate during stressful moments. But too many free radicals and oxidants can cause an imbalance in the body that results in damage to the cell membrane and altering what can enter and exit the cell leading to cell degeneration. Here’s where glutathione comes in.
Glutathione helps to counteract or repair the breakdown of cells caused by free radicals and oxidants in numerous ways. For example, it helps maintain cell wall integrity and repairs the “caps” at the ends of chromosomes, scientifically known as telomeres, which prevent the chromosomes from unraveling.
Some of the reported benefits of glutathione include:
- Reduces harmful effects by liver disease
- Improves insulin resistance in the elderly
- Increases mobility in patients with peripheral arterial disease.
- Boosts Immunity
- Reduces inflammation in the lungs in people with respiratory disease
- Decreases skin damage caused by harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
The benefits of improved immunity and reducing inflammation in the lungs are of particular relevance in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic as the disease tends to severely affect people with poor immunity and attacks the respiratory system.
All above benefits together help to improve overall health and slow down the degenerative changes associated with aging resulting in an “anti-aging” effect and more youthful-appearing skin.
The amounts of glutathione produced by your body decreases as you grow older. You can optimize glutathione levels by eliminating sugar and processed foods from your diet, and regular exercise. Vitamin Drip Therapy is also a great way to boost glutathione levels. Consult the specialists at North Suffolk Neurology to find out if you might benefit from Vitamin Drip Therapy.
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