What Is Glutathione? || And How Does It Help Your Complexion?
Nicknamed “The Mother of All Antioxidants” Glutathione (GSH) pronounced “gloota-thigh-own” is having a moment right now and we need to pause and take note! Let’s start with the scientific information to learn what this powerhouse actually is. Glutathione is actually manufactured by our bodies from three amino acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine. Deemed by scientists as the “master antioxidant”, glutathione is responsible for recycling all other antioxidants. In fact, it is so important that GSH levels in our cells are an indicator of how long we will live.
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione (GSH) is a peptide that is produced by the cells in our body, and it is essential for maintaining our immunity, aiding drug digestion, fighting cancer and protecting against environmental damage. It was when doctors used it with their patients that they noticed that their patients’ complexions improved significantly and its effect on the skin was then discovered.
How Does Glutathione Work?
It was discovered that Glutathione works by basically whitening the skin through interrupting the process of melanin synthesis, and we all know that melanin is the substance that gives the skin its color. Thus, glutathione unifies the skin tone and minimises the signs of aging by eliminating the effects of free radicals on the skin at the cellular level.
What Causes Glutathione’s Deficiency?
Glutathione can become deficient in our bodies due to a number of reasons; infections, injuries and stress can affect it as well as high consumption of GMOs, artificial sweeteners, certain health foods, and abusing antibiotics. Added to the above are factors caused by pre-mature aging and environmental toxins.
How To Boost Glutathione?
Since only a small fraction of oral glutathione makes it into our blood stream, we need to increase our intake of sulfur-rich greens such as arugula, broccoli, cabbage, and kale. Additionally, food items such as lentils, avocado, spinach, and beets are also highly beneficial for the production of glutathione as well as any food items high in vitamins C, E, and Zinc, selenium, and green tea. Glutathione is also found as a supplement and in whitening creams.