There is an antioxidant that is in every cell of your body, but it rarely receives much fanfare. It’s called glutathione, and like many antioxidants, it helps prevent free radical and cell damage. It also plays key roles in building and repairing tissues, the production of nitric oxide, metabolizing iron and immune system support.
But in a new study published in Redox Biology, researchers have discovered that a lack of glutathione may be a powerful indicator of age-related decline. Glutathione, it seems, protects the body from the stress-related toxins that afflict us daily. However, the amount of glutathione in our bodies decreases as we grow older, and we become more susceptible to illnesses associated with aging: cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes for example.
From the Press Release:
“What this study pointed out was the way that cells from younger animals are far more resistant to stress than those from older animals,” said Hagen, also a professor of biochemistry in the OSU College of Science. “In young animal cells, stress doesn’t cause such a rapid loss of glutathione. The cells from older animals, on the other hand, were quickly depleted of glutathione and died twice as fast when subjected to stress.
“But pretreatment with NAC increased glutathione levels in the older cells and largely helped offset that level of cell death.”
Scientists have attempted to create a glutathione supplement, but it has met with little success in clinical trials. In fact, you obtain very little of your glutathione through food, but food sources of glutathione you do obtain are extremely important to overall glutathione bioavailability.
Common foods containing glutathione include asparagus, avocado, spinach, okra, broccoli, cantaloupe and tomato. You’ll find a couple of those veggies in Leaf Greens and CoCoa LeafGreens.
It Is Dependent on the ATP Cycle
Furthermore, glutathione is dependent on the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) cycle. Increasing the amount of physical fitness that you receive daily can help boost your ATP levels and your glutathione. You can also supplement with AIM Peak Endurance which contains Peak ATP, clinically proven to increase ATP levels.
Glutathione Is Produced in the Gut
Your gut flora regulates glutathione. AIM’s FloraFood provides blend of three powerful bacteria– L. gasseri, B. bifidum and B. longum. Ensure that your gut flora is working properly with AIM’s FloraFood.
Is glutathione the anti-aging breakthrough we’ve been waiting for? It certainly seems like it plays a key role in protecting us from the ravages of stress and aging, but only time will tell.