Glutathione – Beauty With Immunity
Glutathione is a star ingredient in the beauty industry for its antioxidant properties. This “Mother of Antioxidants” is not just beneficial for your skin but also works wonders on your immune system. Unlike Vitamin C, glutathione might be an underrated actor who deserves the starring position.
Glutathione helps keep our immune system strong and ready to strike against infections. Its strong antioxidant powers help fight against free radicals generated by our body. Free radicals are imbalanced molecules generated by our body as a by-product of exercising, eating and even breathing. These free radicals can cause maximum damage as they attack our body at a cellular level, stealing the electrons from other molecules, thus creating a chain reaction and destabilising them. Glutathione helps by supplying an extra electron to these imbalanced free radicals by making them stable. This prevents deterioration of cells and aids in self-repair, prolonging their functionality and lifespan. It also helps repair cells that were damaged by stress, radiation, pollutants and infection.
Glutathione also plays an essential role in increasing the number of the frontline soldiers of our immune system – T Cell Lymphocytes (white blood cells) and Natural killer (NK) cells. Enhanced by glutathione, T cells are able to produce more substances that fight infection, managing both bacterial and viral infections.
One clinical trial in particular found that, after just six months of use, Glutathione doubled NK cells’ ability to kill the invaders. It also modulates the behaviour of many immune system cells and protects against microbial, viral and parasitic infections.
There are multiple chronic infections that wreak havoc on the immune system by deregulating and suppressing it. Glutathione can help by modulating and reversing this suppression. Imbalanced glutathione levels are also a hallmark to autoimmune diseases.
Glutathione is naturally produced by our body, but its levels decrease due to aging, stress, free radical damage and toxin exposure. Glutathione obtained through food is not enough to maintain the optimum levels. So, to obtain its maximum benefits, it’s essential to bring it back to optimum levels through supplements.
While choosing glutathione supplements, ensure that it has reduced glutathione, as it is an active form that neutralises free radicals and prevents oxidative stress. Another factor to keep in mind is that absorption of oral glutathione has been an issue with most supplements. However, the Opitac glutathione used in Chicnutrix Glow is clinically proven to be absorbed even when consumed orally. With the added vitamin C, the absorption of glutathione by our body is more efficient. Vitamin C also offers powerful antioxidant support and works synergistically with glutathione to enhance and boost our immune system.