Glutathione Benefits: From Exercising To Liver Health
Whether you’re a hardcore athlete, or just like to exercise for your health, you may find exercise fatigue putting a damper on your activities. A new study shows that glutathione benefits may be able to help.
Glutathione benefits are mostly from its action as an antioxidant that functions by recycling other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. It’s been referred to as the body’s “master antioxidant” and may increase the time you can stay active. The more glutathione you have in your system, the longer you can exercise without getting tired. The Journal of Applied Psychology has published more than 200 separate studies on the effects of glutathione on exercise. All of these studies have shown glutathione improves recovery after strenuous exercise.
Researchers from Kyoto Prefectural University in Japan studied the effects of glutathione on the muscles of mice and discovered that the antioxidant maintained pH levels, inhibiting the acidification that frequently occurs during exercise. The researchers also found that sedentary animals that received the glutathione supplements increased the amount of mitochondrial DNA in the skeletal muscle.
The researchers conducted follow up research on 8 healthy men, each of which underwent exercise tests. The men were randomly assigned to receive either 1 gram of glutathione or a placebo every day for two weeks. Those who received the glutathione supplements had less lactate and were less fatigued than those who received the placebo.
Another study from 1998 found that an increased glutathione level lowers oxidative stress that occurs in the muscles during strenuous workouts. This study showed that supplementing with glutathione improved the amount of power demonstrated by study participants.
An additional study conducted later showed that trained athletes improved their gains during extended exercise when they had more of the antioxidant in their bodies. One other study found that supplementing with glutathione prior to exercise improved both the respiratory muscles and the muscles of the limbs, as well as increasing the time the subjects were able to continue exercising.
Regardless of the details of the study, they all seem to agree that no matter whether you’re a dedicated athlete, a weekend warrior, or just trying to increase your activity levels, supplementing with glutathione can improve your performance and allow you to recover more quickly after exercise.
Glutathione is produced by all of the cells, but is found in especially high concentrations in liver, kidneys, lungs, nerves, and eyes. Eating a healthy, nutrient dense diet will help your body produce more of its own glutathione.
Dr Lam’s Perspective On Glutathione Benefits
Glutathione is one of the most useful nutrients in Adrenal Fatigue recovery, and for good reasons. In addition to being the master recycler, it acts as a gentle detoxifying agent for the liver and the intracellular space of each cell. Vitamin C, for example, is an excellent extracellular antioxidant. It cannot, however, cross the cell wall. Glutathione, an important adrenal fatigue supplement, can cross with ease. Also, glutathione benefits include helping with methylation problems and is even gentle enough at the right dose not to trigger adrenal crashes.
Proper supplementation without triggering adrenal crashes is one of the most difficult challenges when navigating Adrenal Fatigue recovery. The level of stress that has pushed the body into Adrenal Fatigue has caused dysregulation of the body’s stress response systems. The body’s
NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response? has functional circuits throughout the entire body, encompassing both neuroendocrine and metabolic systems. The proper functioning of the body’s metabolism is critical to be able to process nutritional supplements, so the dysregulation of the metabolic components of the NEM system is a significant hurdle to delivering nutrition to help heal the body.
Glutathione is already produced by the body itself, and therefore is much gentler and easier to process by the body’s metabolism. At the right dose, taking glutathione supplements is not as taxing to the body’s metabolic processes as most other nutritional supplements. This helps to lower the chances of triggering adrenal crashes and retarding recovery. Because of this property, glutathione benefits can be a potent weapon in the Adrenal Fatigue recovery arsenal.
The key to proper administration of glutathione rests with the delivery system and dosage. Many with AFS are very sensitive and may not be able to tolerate much glutathione. Improper dosage can further congest the liver, leading to brain fog and further fatigue.
Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2015)
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