Glutathione: The brain's ultimate protector!

Updated: Mar 15, 2019



The brain is highly dependent on oxygen - it uses 20% of the total oxygen used by the body - and is very susceptible to oxidative stress. This enormous oxygen dependency caused by molecules known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) is the cause of a series of brain and mental disorders.


When the brain ages, there can be cases of cognitive deterioration, lack of memory, damage to neurological functions, Alzheimer's disease (dementia) and many other symptoms that can obscure a patient's life. This process gets worse and becomes a crucial factor that destroys a person's brain function as we age.


Glutathione is the ultimate brain protector. The brain must be able to counteract these negative effects and fully depends on a good supply of antioxidants (although it mainly uses glutathione)

Glutathione has been subjected to many scientific studies and has had consistent results, for example:

  • "One study linked the concentration of an enzyme responsible for the trafficking of glutathione to problem areas in cells with the risk of developing dementia." The researchers found that when the levels of the enzyme trafficking glutathione s-transferase omega-1 were low, patients had 2.2 times the normal risk of developing dementia for any age. "

  • "Lower levels of the enzyme were also associated with a 2.1 times normal risk of having a stroke."

  • "Patients with high levels of the enzyme typically had low levels of biomarkers that indicated oxidative stress, meaning they were healthier than those with lower levels.

  • "Elevated glutathione levels were associated with better outcomes in patients' dementia.

The oxygen that we breathe in and that our body uses produces oxidants. These oxidants attack the cells of the brain and if they are not continuously neutralized by antioxidants they can be highly destructive. Glutathione is the ultimate brain protector. The brain must be able to counteract these negative effects and fully depends on a good supply of antioxidants (although it mainly uses glutathione).


Maintaining adequate levels of glutathione is essential to protect the brain and all its cognitive functions. Glutathione has a double-antioxidant function for brain health because it supports the work of other fundamental antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. In addition to preventing oxidative damage, it supports the powerful antioxidant team.



References:

The emerging role of glutathione in Alzheimer's disease. - NCBI

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24496077

Elevation of Glutathione as a Therapeutic Strategy in Alzheimer Disease

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3277671/

Glutathione May Open Up New Possibilities for the Treatment of dementia…

https://www.foundationalmedicinereview.com/.../glutathione-may

Glutathioneinmildcognitiveimpairment

https://clinicaltrials. gov/ct2/show/NCT03493178

https://atlasofscience.org

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