By Peter Rufa
Your body may hold the answer to many of today’s most mysterious health problems.
For decades scientists and researchers have sought for these answers in drugs, herbs, and a variety of innovative therapies. But what they were looking for may have been inside every cell in every human being the whole time. This may be especially true for those who suffer from fibromyalgia.
That answer is a simple molecule called glutathione. You’re probably familiar with it. Frankly, it’s not a new discovery; scientists have known about it for over a century. Yet, what is new could lead to a revolution in human health.
This revolution will be led by s-acetyl-glutathione, a new bioavailable form of glutathione. This molecule could rejuvenate the body at the cellular level and spell relief (or better) and healthier living for those who suffer from fibromyalgia. Quite honestly, it could transform health for everyone else on the planet by addressing the root causes of disease and slowing aging.
S-acetyl-glutathione could be a veritable “fountain of youth.” This has everything to do with the glutathione inside every cell of your body.
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is the human body’s primary antioxidant. Some medical professionals have called it “the master antioxidant.” It consists of three primary amino acids – cysteine, glycine and glutamine – and its powerful antioxidant action comes from sulfur chemical groups. It exists in every cell in the human body with its biggest concentrations in the liver and kidneys. The human body typically recycles glutathione. When it doesn’t, that’s when problems develop.
What does Glutathione do?
As an antioxidant, glutathione protects the body, especially the liver, from free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) created by activities like toxin removal, natural hormone breakdown and cellular chemical reactions that create ROS by-products. This activity protects cells, mitochondria and DNA from damage. Glutathione is also essential for a strong immune system to prevent infection, illness and disease.
Glutathione is not like other antioxidants. Where most antioxidants neutralize free radicals and ROS, they rely on a glutathione-dependent detox process to remove the toxins from the body. This is done through a three-step process (simplified here):
Toxins are identified and metabolized into a form the body can more easily handle.
In this phase called “glutathione conjugation,” glutathione binds to metabolites, making them water-soluble and preventing them from spreading and damaging other tissue.
Glutathione-related enzymes complete the breakdown and excretion of the toxins via the liver or kidneys.
At the end of the process, the body recycles glutathione and uses it to recycle other antioxidants like vitamins C and E.
Why is Glutathione important?
In every moment of our lives, our bodies’ produce or are exposed to vast amounts of free radicals. Glutathione protects us from the damage these free radicals would cause.
It protects mitochondria from the free radicals produced by the making and breaking of chemical bonds.
It protects the liver from free radicals produced by the enzymatic reactions that break down food, hormones or any of the more than 300
metabolic processes the liver performs.
It neutralizes free radicals and damaged cells due to exposure to heavy metals, xenoestrogens and other environmental or dietary toxins.
Glutathione’s importance to mitochondrial function cannot be understated. Mitochondria are the location of energy production in the body. The more you have, the more energy you have and the better each cell works. When mitochondria breakdown, cells produce less energy and don’t work well. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to a host of diseases including metabolic disorders, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune conditions, neurologic disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and even aging.i
As the body’s detoxifier, the liver needs abundant glutathione. When the body’s toxic load gets too high, glutathione can’t keep up and neither can the liver. The problem compounds as the liver is the site of glutathione recycling, which drops when the liver is overwhelmed. A downward spiral follows.
This decline in liver function has ramifications throughout the entire body. Digestion may suffer due to a lack of needed enzymes. Hormones may become imbalanced. Toxins may build up in the tissue as the body looks for places to store them to ease the burden on the liver.