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Glutathione: The Antioxidant Amino Acid

By Christopher Hobbs, Elson Haas

Glutathione is a not a protein-building amino acid, but a mixture of amino acid chains. Glutathione is a nutrient that forms enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase. It is essential to life.

Dietary sources abound because glutathione is present in all plant and animal cells. It is an antioxidant nutrient that helps protect you from free radicals, keeping your tissues young and vital longer. Specifically, glutathione helps detoxify chemicals from you cells.

This amino acid is added to nutritional formulas that help clean certain toxins (like those that result from smoking) from your system.

Key uses of glutathione are as follows:

  • A potent antioxidant, it protects against damage from chemicals, free radicals (particularly peroxides), smoke, radiation, and other toxins.

  • Glutathione is prescribed by practitioners for protection against cancer, cataracts, and skin problems.

It occurs widely in both plant and animal cells in small amounts, and is also formed in your body.