The 7 key benefits of glutathione

Because glutathione produces such a range of benefits due to its pervasive role throughout the body, you may see benefits beyond those listed here. These seven will give you a sense of glutathione’s power.

1. Antioxidant activity

Free radicals age your cells. It’s the same process that causes apple slices to turn brown or metal to rust. Glutathione stops free radicals, the by-products of your body’s energy-making capabilities.

2. Insulin sensitivity

Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance. Your cells “listen” to the insulin hormone, unlocking themselves to absorb blood glucose. Glutathione may help you stay sensitive to insulin, keeping blood sugar under control.

3. Detoxification

Your body has three phases of naturally occurring detoxification. Glutathione contributes to the first two phases, destroying free radicals and assisting enzymes that break down toxins.

4. Skin health

Glutathione is a key component in the continuous regeneration of healthy skin. The protein can regulate skin pigment, improve elasticity, and reduce wrinkles. Glutathione may also reduce the effects of psoriasis.

5. Inflammation

Inflammation is a common symptom of virtually all chronic illnesses and part of your natural healing process. But chronic inflammatory response wears down your body’s resources. Glutathione helps regulate the inflammation process.

6. Heart health

Most heart disease traces back to arterial plaque. Balanced levels of glutathione neutralize the lipid oxidation process that generates plaque.

7. Parkinson’s disease

There’s a link between low glutathione levels and decreased brain health. GSH can decrease the rate of decline in neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.