Oxidative stress in the human body, while necessary to get stronger and build muscle, is running rampant in the modern day world. Air pollution, processed foods, alcohol, medication, and exercise all contribute to the oxidative stress that every cell in your body is exposed to, and as a result, needs to be repaired. Glutathione is the body’s most abundant and most effective antioxidant.
The great news about this phenomenal antioxidant is that your body can produce glutathione on its own. The downside? It can only produce so much, which means your body will use it where it finds it most necessary. Unless you can perfect your diet with foods that will support glutathione production as well as avoid every source of oxidation that is running rampant in the modern-day world, our natural pool of glutathione can only do so much repairing before it’s drained completely.
This is where supplementation comes into play. While a lot of current information on oral glutathione supplementation shows positive effects on glutathione levels, it doesn’t show incredible results for the short period studies that have been performed. In a study on mice with HIV (a virus that will cause significant oxidative stress), intramuscular injection of glutathione drastically reduced lymph node size, pointing to a drastic reduction in oxidative stress in their furry little bodies.
The implications of increasing the amount of the body’s usable glutathione levels is far reaching. Giving your body abundant levels of this powerful antioxidant reduce the limit of reparation, and will result in more wholesome repairing of muscle tissue, cardiac muscle tissue, and liver cell damage that result from every-day activities, as well as more stressful activities such as intense exercise.
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