What can you do to help your immune system to better protect yourself from pathogens like viruses?
We are exposed to pathogens–especially viruses–all the time and our immune system is very effective at protecting us. This means that most of the time, we don’t get sick.
Research has, however, found evidence of decreased levels of glutathione in several diseases–such as cancer, viral infections and immune dysfunction–as well as in aging (Fraternale A, et.al., 2006, Fraternale A, et. al., 2017).
Intra-cellular glutathione levels influence the Th1/Th2 immune response and the effectiveness of the immune system.
Glutathione has also been found to inhibit viral replication (Fraternale, et.al., 2006).
It’s no doubt that glutathione is very important, and as long as your body is able to make what’s necessary to protect you, everything is fine.
The problem, however, is that the body is not able to provide adequate amounts of glutathione as we get older. The decrease is gradual. Additionally, the rate of decrease depends on our exposure to pathogens, toxins, and oxidative stressors that require the protection of glutathione.
You would not usually need to supplement with glutathione in your twenties, but as you get into your forties, the need for supplementation will increase.
Reduced glutathione–which is the most common form on the market–is not very effective since it is oxidized in your stomach and very little is absorbed.
S-Acetyl Glutathione a patented substance is however very effective and gets into the cells where it is needed (Cacciatore I, et.al., 2010).
Researchers have proposed molecules able to increase glutathione levels as new tools to more effectively hinder different pathogens by acting as both immunomodulators and antimicrobials.
Cacciatore I1, Cornacchia C, Pinnen F, Mollica A, Di Stefano A. Prodrug approach for increasing cellular glutathione levels. Molecules. 2010 Mar 3;15(3):1242-64.
Fraternale A, Paoletti MF, Casabianca A, Oiry J, Clayette P, Vogel JU, Cinatl J Jr, Palamara AT, Sgarbanti R, Garaci E, Millo E, Benatti U, Magnani M. Antiviral and immunomodulatory properties of new pro-glutathione (GSH) molecules. Curr Med Chem. 2006;13(15):1749-55.
Fraternale A, Brundu S, Magnani M. Glutathione and glutathione derivatives in immunotherapy. Biol Chem. 2017 Feb 1;398(2):261-275.
Glutathione helps your cells reduce free radical damage and also helps lower inflammation.
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