Liposomal Glutathione is a liquid form of glutathione manufactured as a liposome.
Glutathione is known as an endogenous antioxidant, produced within the body. It prevents damage being caused by active oxygen derivatives (peroxides, free radicals and oxygenated ions) to important components of cells. Glutathione is found in our bodies in an oxidised form (GSSG) and also in a reduced form (GSH). It is synthesised by the liver. Supplies from outside the body are obtained from fruit and vegetables such as broccoli, fish and also from meat.
Our body is made entirely of atoms. If these have a full outer shell of stable electrons, they do not react chemically with other atoms or molecules. Some atoms have an incomplete outer shell of electrons. These are always in search of electrons to reach equilibrium. These unstable atoms that steal electrons are known as free radicals. A stable molecule that donates an electron to a free radical is destabilised and becomes a free radical itself. In this way, free radicals can cause never-ending chain reactions.
Supplying an ion to stabilise free radicals : an antioxidant substance such as glutathione donates an electron to the free radical. By stabilising this molecule it limits oxidative stress, which has disastrous consequences on our bodies.
Oxidative stress caused by free radicals is a natural process which is inherent to all organisms that respire aerobically. Unfortunately, a “bad” lifestyle inevitably results in both endogenous and exogenous forms of pollution, increasing the quantity of free radicals. In these situations the body’s natural defences can easily be overwhelmed. Over-production of free radicals gives rise to the phenomenon called oxidant stress or oxidative stress.
Endogenous antioxidants may be provided by nutrients such as
Vitamin C – Vitamin E – Carotenoids – Polyphenols [Flavonoids: Onions, apples
- Catechins: teas - Isoflavones: soya - Anthocyanins: coloured fruits: berries, grapes and derivatives (red wine)
- Glucosinolates: cruciferous vegetables, cabbages (broccoli, kale, etc.)]
Other antioxidants are endogenous : this is true in the case of glutathione which is the most important one of all. Glutathione (GSH) is generated within the body by means of a cycle. Its sulfur group (SH) which is capable of donating electrons, allows it to neutralise free radicals.
Thanks to glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and glutathione reductase (GRD), oxidated GSH is continually recycled into active antioxidant.
The roles of glutathione
- It is the most powerful cellular ANTIOXIDANT. It neutralises oxygenated compounds in a few microseconds, protecting all the cell components (membrane and DNA).
- Recycling of other antioxidants : vitamins C and E.
- Elimination of toxins by making them water-soluble and therefore easy to excrete in bile or urine.
- Elimination of heavy metals.
Reduction in glutathione levels due to ageing
- From 0 to 20 years : 10% lost
- From 21 to 30 years : 15% lost
- From 31 to 40 years : 25% lost
- From 41 to 50 years : 34% lost
- Over 51 years : 40% lost
- Neurodegenerative diseases : Multiple sclerosis – Alzheimer’s disease – Parkinson’s disease: ageing inevitably results in a significant fall in glutathione levels, which is directly linked to these neurodegenerative disorders.
- Cancer : glutathione is able to eliminate a number of carcinogenic factors and plays a part in optimising the immune system => an important role in the fight against cancer. An adequate glutathione level can protect healthy cells from the harmful effects of damaging medical treatments (chemotherapy: hair loss and vomiting).
- Cardiovascular system : prevents oxidation of fatty acids in the blood, including cholesterol. Slows the formation of plaques in the arteries, which is an underlying cause of most cardiac problems.
- Diabetes : diabetics are more susceptible to infections, problems with the circulation and therefore also to heart problems, kidney disease and blindness. Glutathione offers protection from the complications of diabetes.
- Respiratory system : Asthma - Chronic bronchitis - Emphysema - Pulmonary fibrosis: doctors use medicines that are glutathione precursors in many lung diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis.
- Gastrointestinal system : Gastritis – Gastroduodenal ulcers – Pancreatitis – Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease) – Hepatitis (A, B and C): provides protection against inflammation caused by gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcers, pancreatitis and forms of inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease.
- Liver : the main organ that stores glutathione. Glutathione is deficient in alcoholic hepatitis and in viral hepatitis (A, B and C). In these situations, raising glutathione levels restores liver function.
- Renal system : patients with kidney disease or who are on dialysis have high rates of oxidation due to stress and reduced levels of glutathione. Supplying glutathione helps to prevent anaemia.
- Pregnancy : crucial role during pregnancy in development of the fetus and placenta. Glutathione acts in the placenta by detoxifying it, removing pollutants before they can affect the developing baby. A number of complications in pregnancy have been linked to low levels of glutathione.
- HIV : Low levels of glutathione are directly correlated with limited life expectancy in patients with AIDS.
- General health : Stress – Sport (strength – endurance) – Heavy metal toxicity: higher glutathione levels lead to improved strength and endurance.
- Shake the bottle gently before use.
- Keep the bottle in the refrigerator after opening.
- Use within 45 days of opening.
Glycerin; Purified water; Reduced L-Glutathione (GSH); Phosphatidylcholine; Conservative: ascorbic Acid.
Bottle containing 109 ml (liquid product).