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THE ROLE OF GLUTATHIONE IN HEALTH & ILLNESS

Healthy people benefit from elevated Raised glutathione levels help increase
glutathione levels through an enhanced strength and endurance. Those interested
ability to fight off toxins, infectious diseases, in physical fitness can benefit from a
pre-cancerous cells and the aging process definite athletic edge.
itself. Journal of Applied Physiology 87: 1381-
Glutathione: Your Body’s Most Powerful 85, 1999
Protector, Jimmy Gutman, MD, FACEP
Low glutathione levels have been
Lymphocytes, the white blood cells that associated with neuro-degenerative
are vital for your immune system, depend diseases such as MS (Multiple Sclerosis),
on glutathione for their proper function and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Alzheimer’s
replication. Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, among
IMMUNOLOGY 61:503-508, 1987. others.
The Lancet 344: 796-798, 1994.
Glutathione plays a role in eliminating
many carcinogens and also maintains an Raised glutathione levels fight the
optimized immune function, providing oxidation of circulating fats in the
stronger anti-tumour defenses. bloodstream, indicating cholesterol,
Cancer Letters 57: 91-94, 1991. retarding the process of plaque
formation in the arteries – the underlying
Diabetics are prone to infections and cause for most heart disease and stroke.
circulatory problems leading to heart Nutrition Reviews 54: 1-30, 1996.
disease, kidney failure and blindness.
Glutathione protects against the It is well known that aging is accompanied
complications of diabetes. by a precipitous fall in glutathione levels.
Clinical Science 91: 575-582, 1996. Lower glutathione levels are implicated in
many diseases associated with aging,
Glutathione protects the body from the including cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease,
inflammation of gastritis, stomach Parkinson’s, atherosclerosis and others.
ulcers, pancreatitis and inflammatory Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 47:
bowel disease including ulcerative colitis 1021-26, 1994.
and Crohn’s disease.
Gut 42: 485-492, 1998. Glutathione detoxifies a variety of
pollutants, carcinogens and poisons,
Antioxidants are well documented and including many found in fuel exhaust and
known to possess vital roles in health cigarette smoke. It also retards damage
maintenance and disease prevention. from radiation exposure due to the eroding
Glutathione is your cell’s own major ozone layer. Annual Reviews of
antioxidant. Biochemistry 52: 711-760, 1983.
Maintaining elevated glutathione levels aids
the body’s natural antioxidant function. No other antioxidant is as important to
Biochemical Pharmacology 47: 2113-23, overall health as glutathione. It is the
1994. regenerator of immune cells and the most
valuable detoxifying agent in the body.
Low levels are associated with early aging
and even death.
The Immune System Cure, Lorna R.
Vanderhaeghe & Patrick J.D. Bouic,
Ph.D.