There are good reasons why the body produces its own antioxidant enzymes.
All tissues including the nervous system and the brain are exposed to free radical damage. The most important antioxidant the body is making is probably glutathione.
Humans with neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders have demonstrated altered levels of glutathione and oxidized glutathione (Gu F, et.al., 2015).
A decreased ratio of glutathione to oxidized glutathione has been found in the blood and brain of these individuals.
Glutathione depletion can lead to abnormalities of a mitochondrial function where the cells make energy. A few studies have shown that glutathione deficiency occurs prior to neuropathological abnormalities.
The most common form of glutathione is reduced glutathione, but don't take that.
This form of glutathione is oxidized in the stomach and does not provide many benefits. S-acetyl glutathione on the other hand gets into the cells where it's needed (Cacciatore I, et al., 2010).
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- Glutathione is your primary defense against aging.
- Glutathione helps detoxify your body.
- Regular glutathione is not very bio-available, but this problem has now been solved when using S-Acetyl Glutathione which is very effective.
- Increased oxidative stress and lower antioxidant levels are associated with mood disorders and depression.