Our tissue can get damaged in many ways, from an injury to bacterial and viral infections.
When tissue gets damaged, free radicals and inflammation are triggered.
Research has shown accelerated viral mutation by nitric oxide-induced oxidative stress (AkaikeT, 2001).
Glutathione which the body makes it an important intracellular and extracellular protective antioxidant against oxidative stress. This plays a key role in the control of pro-inflammatory processes in the lungs.
Research has suggested that glutathione is important in immune regulation, remodeling of the extracellular matrix, apoptosis (cell death) and mitochondrial respiration (Rahman I, MacNee W.,2000).
The mitochondria is the energy-producing entity of the cell.
The researchers of the following study found that the epithelial lining fluid in the lungs of patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome was deficient in total glutathione when compared with that of normal study participants (Bunnell E, Pacht ER.,1993).
The inner layer of the lungs has an epithelial lining.
This deficiency of glutathione may predispose these patients to increased injury of the
cells in the lungs.
This is especially important now since the Coronavirus is capable of producing acute respiratory distress syndrome in some people.
Under certain circumstances, when we are exposed to increased levels of free radicals, and when we get older, the body needs more glutathione for protection. However, as we get older, the body produces less glutathione.
There is however a way to deal with that now.
We can take S-Acetyl Glutathione which has shown to get into the cells where it’s needed.
How much we need is individual, but 400-800 mg per day usually makes a big difference in most people.
Regular reduced glutathione, the most common form on the market, is not well absorbed.
To be sure you get a high-quality product, look for a patent number on the bottle.
Akaike T, Role of free radicals in viral pathogenesis and mutation.Rev Med Virol. 2001
Bunnell E, Pacht ER. Oxidized glutathione is increased in the alveolar fluid of patients with the
adult respiratory distress syndrome. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1993 Nov;148(5):1174-8.
Rahman I, MacNee W. Oxidative stress and regulation of glutathione in lung inflammation. Eur
Respir J. 2000 Sep;16(3):534-54. Review.
Glutathione is an immune regulator and will defend you if you get enough of it into your cells.
*Under certain conditions, we need more, because the body is using more.