Definition: This compound is technically a protein which is synthesized in the liver from three amino acids (cysteine, glutaminic acid and glycine). It is a powerful antioxidant agent. It seems to have some remarkable protective properties against radiation, chemotherapy, heavy metals, toxins and other poisons. When combined with selenium, it is particularly helpful; it forms an enzyme galled glutathione peroxidase, which protects the body from harm on a cellular level. It is particularly good as a liver protectant and may play a role in lowering the risk of cancer.
Applications: Relief from the side effects of chemotherapy, exposure to radiation, heavy metal poisoning, liver disease, alcoholism, liver cancer and free radical protectant.
Recommendations: Some controversy exists as to whether glutathione is very effective when taken as an oral supplement. Enhancing its natural production by increasing levels of N-acetyl cysteine or L-cysteine and L-methionine may be preferable. Using alpha lipoic acid has also proven its ability to enhance the action of glutathione.