Frequently Asked Questions Related to Glutathione
Q: What is an Antioxidant?
A: An antioxidant is a molecule or even a single atom with an extra electron. These
extra electrons stabilize free radicals. Your antioxidant defense system shields
your cells from free radical damage. Glutathione is your body’s most powerful
antioxidant. Glutathione (GSH) is your major defense system against illness and aging as it functions both as an antioxidant and an antitoxin.
Glutathione levels can indicate our state of health and are used as a predictor
of longevity. When you increase your glutathione level you will experience
increased energy as your body is detoxified and your immune system is
Q: What is a Free Radical?
A: Electrically unstable atoms or molecules that attempt to re-stabilize by stealing electrons from other atoms or molecules. This process passes along this electrical
instability to adjacent atoms or molecules causing an expanding cascade of
instability as this process repeats and accelerates.
Q: What is Oxidative Stress?
A: The sum total of all free radicals being created as a result of normal metabolic
function as well as the free radicals generated from exposure to external
stresses such as smoking, over processed foods, UV radiation, airborne toxins,
polluted water, etc.
Q: Do we produce the same amount of Glutathione throughout our lifetime, or does it
decrease as we age?
A: Data from older studies suggests that starting in the mid twenties our ability to
produce Glutathione decreases by approximately 10% per decade, roughly 1% per
year. However, that data is outdated given the stressful environment we live in,
the polluted air we breathe and the less than wonderful food we eat. Add to that
the startling statistic that 70% of the U.S. population is sleep deprived,
Glutathione levels are likely to decrease much more rapidly than is projected in
the literature, perhaps by as much as 15% per decade, or 1.5% per
Q: What happens when we have insufficient levels of Glutathione in our
A: Glutathione is responsible for eliminating the oxidants that are created as a byproduct of the production of ATP in your cells. If there is not sufficient availability of
Glutathione in your body to eliminate these oxidants that are constantly being
produced by your cells, then your cells become unable to generate energy at full
potential. Additionally, you wind up with elevated amounts of oxidants in your
body. The medical literature supports the fact that too many oxidants in your
body, coupled with a lack of sufficient levels of antioxidants (Glutathione) to
eliminate them, can result in accelerated cellular aging.
Q: Will not having enough Glutathione in my body increase the potential for accelerated
A: Absolutely! Your body works as an electrochemical circuit, and ATP, the energy substance that is produced by all of those little furnaces in each cell of your body
called mitochondria are responsible for the ability of each of your cells to
function at maximum capacity. If you do not have enough Glutathione in your body
to counteract and eliminate the oxidants that are the byproduct of this energy
creation process, your cells quickly begin to lose their ability to function at
peak capacity. When this occurs your energy levels can drop significantly, your
ability to exercise is impaired and the excess buildup of oxidants can begin to
cause damage to your cells.
Q: What role does Glutathione play in maintaining a strong immune
A: Virtually every cell in your body, not just in your immune system, from the top of your
head to the tips of your toes has to create ATP, which is a substance used for
energy. The creation of ATP involves a whole series of chemical reactions, many
of which utilize oxygen. Simply stated, we are oxygen based organisms; we live
on oxygen. When oxygen is consumed in the generation of ATP it creates a fire,
and that fire is called an “Oxidant”. To put this fire out you need a very good
“Antioxidant”. Many antioxidants are effective at counteracting one or two types
of oxidative stress, whereas Glutathione has been shown to be effective in
combating all forms of oxidative stress.
Q: Does Glutathione play a role in my body’s ability to fight off disease and
A: Almost every disease or infection is typically accompanied by a deficit of Glutathione
in the body. Diseases and infections very often cause significant levels of
inflammation, and this inflammation can put additional demands on your body’s
available supply of Glutathione. This inflammation comes about as result of too
many oxidants accumulating in your body, due to a lack of sufficiently available
Glutathione to eliminate them. When your Glutathione is used up, your body
begins to utilize the other antioxidants it has available, most of which serve
only one or two functions (functional against only certain types of
oxidants/oxidative stresses). When your body finally exhausts all of the
antioxidants at its disposal it will begin to utilize Uric Acid. When this
happens you’re body is effectively out of antioxidant bullets. Given that
Glutathione is your body’s most important antioxidant, and can do the job of any
and all other antioxidants available to you, the best choice would be to ensure
that you had sufficient level of available Glutathione in your body at all
Q: What makes your GlutaSource.com so different from other pure Glutathione supplement available?
A: If you Google Glutathione, you will find that 80% of the products being offered for
sale are simply oral Glutathione. This is troubling because if you simply ingest
pure Glutathione it will be broken down into its component parts by the acid in
your stomach, and simply stated, will never get into your body in a form that
can be used. It has often been stated that the most expensive nutritional
supplement you will ever purchase is the one that doesn’t work. The GlutaSource™
product lineup is the result of exhaustive experimentation, all culminating in
the creation of a patent pending blend of the appropriate ingredients in
proportionally correct amounts, enabling it to:
- Utilize the nebulization and suppository delivery systems, not the digestive
- Be preferentially absorbed (because not everything you put into your mouth gets
absorbed into your body).
- Have the ability to pass through two critical membranes – one at the entrance to the cell, and a second at the entrance to that furnace inside each cell called the
- Have the ability to recycle the spent Glutathione through the liver after it has been utilized to eliminate the oxidants that are the byproduct of ATP production
within the mitochondria.
Q: Why is inflammation associated with so many of the diseases of aging?
A: Diseases of aging are to a large extent caused by, or result in inflammation. If you look
at Alzheimer’s Disease, if you look at Cardiac Disease, Parkinson’s Disease,
Stroke – all of those diseases have a major inflammatory component. Glutathione
does not solve those problems (diseases), but by reducing inflammation and by
reducing the amount of oxidants in the body – which subsequently reduces
inflammation, it does have a protective benefit. It
is not, however, a treatment for these conditions.
Q: Will Glutathione supplementation improve my energy and stamina, and can it improve my ability to recover strenuous workout?
A: In the first 10 minutes of aerobic exercise you burn as much as 40% of the
available Glutathione in your muscle tissue. As we exercise the mitochondria in
our cells are working at an accelerated pace to create enough ATP (energy) to
supply the muscles we are using. This accelerated increase in ATP production
causes a corresponding Increase in the production of oxidants – the byproduct of
ATP production. If there is not enough Glutathione in your body to facilitate
the continued elimination of these elevated oxidant levels, the capacity of your
mitochondria to continue to produce ATP at this increased level can become
significantly impaired. Muscle soreness can also occur when you exercise in the
absence of a sufficient level of available Glutathione in your body. As a result
of this Glutathione deficit your mitochondria may become oxygen starved
resulting in Anaerobic Glycolysis, when the mitochondria burn sugar without
oxygen to create energy. This causes the production and accumulation of lactic
acid, which is responsible for the muscle pain we sometimes experience after a
strenuous workout. So by increasing the Glutathione in your body, you decrease
accumulated lactic acid, and by doing that you can work out more frequently
because your muscles recover more quickly. The more efficiently each cell in
your body operates, the more ATP it can produce, the more ATP your cells
produce, the more energy you will have available. This applies to brain cells,
muscle cells, heart cells, liver cells, etc. If you ensure that your body is
amply supplied with Glutathione your cells will be able to effectively and
efficiently remove those oxidants.