Glutathione neutralizes Free Radical Toxcity as a process in the human body, known as Homeostasis. In biology, homeostasis is the state of steady internal, physical, and chemical conditions maintained by living systems. This is the condition of optimal functioning for the organism and includes many variables, such as body temperature and fluid balance, being kept within certain pre-set limits (homeostatic range). Other variables include the pH of extracellular fluid, the concentrations of sodium, potassium and calcium ions, as well as that of the blood sugar level, and these need to be regulated despite changes in the environment, diet, or level of activity. Each of these variables is controlled by one or more regulators or homeostatic mechanisms, which together maintain life.
Glutathione may be the single greatest key to good health and believe it or not… only recently did I hear about Glutathione and it’s nemesis Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are highly reactive chemicals formed from O2, in other words; opposite of an anti-oxidant, the very thing that makes us age, tire easily and become unwell, is known as oxidative stress.
Glutathione exists in reduced (GSH) and oxidized (GSSG) states. The ratio of reduced glutathione to oxidized glutathione within cells is a measure of cellular oxidative stress where increased GSSG-to-GSH ratio is indicative of greater oxidative stress. In healthy cells and tissue, more than 90% of the total pool is in the reduced form (GSH), with the remainder in the disulfide form (GSSG).
Learning about strengthening my immune system is the purpose for this post. My curiosity is focused on what foods to eat and how to improve my diet, to add ingredients that increase my production of Glutathione and also supplement Vitamin D, E and C with natural foods. Decades ago I was involved in “Nutrition for Life” and other vitamin companies, even toured production plants and learned allot about vitamins, minerals and Naturopathy. To this day I am a believer in Natural homeostasis.
Because direct supplementation of glutathione is not successful, supply of the raw nutritional materials used to generate GSH, such as cysteine and glycine (found in whole foods), may be more effective at increasing glutathione levels. Other antioxidants such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C) may also work synergistically with glutathione, preventing depletion of either.