Glutathione is a tripeptide composed of the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. It is produced by the liver and nerve cells in the central nervous system and is found in every cell in the body. Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps prevent damage to important cellular components caused by sources such as reactive oxygen species, free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals. It is involved in many body processes, including tissue building and repair, making chemicals and proteins needed in the body, and immune system function.

Benefits of Glutathione

Glutathione has many important functions in the body, including:

  • Making DNA, the building blocks of proteins and cells
  • Supporting immune function
  • Forming sperm cells
  • Breaking down some free radicals
  • Helping certain enzymes function
  • Regenerating vitamins C and E
  • Transporting mercury out of the brain
  • Helping the liver and gallbladder deal with fats5

Some of the potential benefits of glutathione include:

  • Protecting the body from disease
  • Slowing cancer progression
  • Improving insulin sensitivity
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Treating weakened immune systems or infertility5

Sources of Glutathione

While the body is capable of producing glutathione, it can also be obtained through diet and supplements. Foods that are high in sulfur-containing amino acids, such as cysteine and methionine, can help boost glutathione levels. These include:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
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