Chances are you may not have heard of glutathione. But the compound is an important antioxidant found in plants, animals, and fungi, as well as cyanobacteria and proteobacteria, known to be effective in preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides and heavy metals. Although glutathione is not an “essential” nutrient for humans, it helps prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides.
Meanwhile, researchers have found that poor eating habits, chronic stress, aging, air and water pollution, certain types of medicines, trauma, infections and even radiation can reduce its levels, leaving our bodies more vulnerable to damage caused by cancer, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and the aging process, not to mention damage to the eyes (retinas and lenses).
While our bodies are able to produce their own lo,ited amount of glutathione, the compound needs a combination of nutrients to do this including the amino acids L-cysteine, L-Glutamine and L-Glycine, Vitamin C, selenium and alpha lipoic acid to work properly.
These can easily be absorbed by eating plenty of vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, watercress, collard greens, bok choy and turnips. However, attempts to incorporate it into pills have not proved very effective, because it is harder for the body to absorb in this form.
To remedy this, however, scientists have recently developed a ACG Glutathione Extra Strength spray to be taken orally to deliver glutathione directly to the body with sub-mucosal absorption for immediate bioavailability to cells. Recommended dosage is said to be 12 squirts into the mouth 2-times a day shortly before meals for the first month, with a maintenance dose is 6 spritzes twice daily.
This provides glutathione directly to the body with sub-mucosal absorption resulting in immediate bioavailability of key molecules to cells. Meanwhile, a number of studies have found that inhaled glutathione has had mixed results in alleviating symptoms for people with cystic fibrosis.
Glutathione also plays an important role in determining the caramelizing effect during the first stages of raw wine production, particularly by “trapping the caffeoyltartaric acid quinones generated by enzymic oxidation as grape reaction product” when distilling white wine.
It should also be noted that gluthathione is often used as a skin whitener due to its ability to inhibit melanin synthesis by stopping the neurotransmitter precursor L-DOPA’s ability to interact with tyrosinase in the process of melanin production. In addition, glutathione’s antioxidant powers serve to guard the skin from UV radiation as well as internal stressors that generate free radicals that cause skin damage and hyperpigmentation