What Glutathione (GSH) is and how it affects your immune health

“More that it’s whitening benefits, what do we know more about glutathione?  Glutathione supplements, injectibles and any other products have been developed promising a brighter and glowing skin but what others don’t know is that there’s more that Glutathione can offer.”

 

Glutathione molecule

Glutathione (or GSH) is the body’s own master antioxidant discovered way back in 1889. However, it was only about 30 years ago that the scientists began to understand its functions and discovered how to raise its levels.

GSH is a small protein molecule composed of 3 amino acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine called GSH precursors or building blocks.

 

 

GSH is produced out of these three precursors in every cell of the human body and performs many important roles, such as:

    • Regulation of cell growth and division
      For cells to grow and divide they go through several very complex stages. Glutathione reduces the oxides, such as hydrogen peroxide, inside the cell that would otherwise prevent cell division and growth.
    • DNA synthesis and repair (synthesis – reproduction/creation of a new copy)
      Glutathione protects the DNA from oxidative stress during cell division which allows for DNA synthesis (division). When the DNA is mutated by a free radical stealing an electron from the DNA, glutathione repairs the mutated DNA by giving up an electron to the DNA (replacing the DNA’s missing electron).
    • Protein synthesis
      Glutathione maintains our proteins in their proper form. Its sulfur atom reacts with unnatural sulfur-sulfur bonds in proteins, breaking them and allowing the proper pairings to form.
    • Amino acid transport (transport – movement into, out of, within a cell, or between cells, by means of some agent such as a transporter)
      Glutathione is predominately located in the cell, whereas a major fraction of the cellular y-glutamyl transpeptidase (glutathione enzyme) is on the external surface of cell membranes. This means intracellular glutathione is translocated out of many cells – glutathione moves substances, such as amino acids, in and out of the cell.
    • Enzyme catalysis
      Glutathione provides the mechanism by which many enzymes are changed (reduced, transformed or changed from one state to another state). Glutathione is the bridge (catalysis) in the chemical reaction between some enzymes.
  • Enzyme activation
    The highly reactive sulfide bond in glutathione wakes up or activates enzymes so that they …

 

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