13 reasons why glutathione is a necessary vanity
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MANILA, Philippines — This summer, the heat does not only punish people. Increased ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun also make the skin suffer, says Dr. Marjorie Lalaine Salazar.
To ease the skin’s suffering, Salazar recommends increasing one’s intake of glutathione.
According to her and to esthetics and rejuvenation expert Dr. Cecilia Catapang, here are 13 reasons why glutathione are a must-have for both beauty and well-being:
1. Glutathione is a master antioxidant.
As a “master antixodant,” L-Glutathione is a defender of the cell and serves as its master protector, and neutralizes any type of free radical, says Catapang.
“It is found in every cell of the body,” she adds.
“Why master? Because it’s the only oxidant that’s inside our cell. When we say ‘antioxidant,’ it fights the free radicals and reactive oxygen species in our body,” Salazar further explains.
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2. Glutathione recycles other antioxidants.
Since it is responsible for recycling other antioxidants, glutathione is the most important antioxidant in the human body, says Catapang.
3. Glutathione is as important in the body as water, food and oxygen.
Since it is the only oxidant inside the cell, Catapang says glutathione is equally needed by the body as water, food and oxygen.
4. Glutathione helps with breathing and prevents panting.
5. Glutathione is good for the eyes.
Besides making skin glow and improving liver function, “gluta,” as Filipinos fondly call it, is a master antioxidant first discovered in the eye, Catapang divulges.
“They (scientists) have found out that those with cataracts have decreased glutathione in the eyes,” she notes.
As such, gluta helps prevent cataracts and glaucoma.
Dr. Marjorie Lalaine Salazar (right) vouches for glutathione treatments like SvelT'i's G-Bright (left).
6. Glutathione is a powerful regenerator of immune system cells.
The master antioxidant, says Catapang, is the most important agent in keeping the body detoxified and healthy. “Once it’s activated in your body, not only will you glow more, but will boost your immune system.”
7. Glutathione is important in the synthesis of DNA, the maintenance of DNA, and the synthesis of protein and amino acids, so the body can utilize them effectively.
8. Glutathione helps prevent cancer.
According to Catapang, it plays an important part in the removal of synthetic chemical toxins and carcinogens and resulting free radicals.
9. Glutathione helps optimize the immune system.
Catapang says the master antioxidant is essential in protecting cells from oxidation and activates enzymes vital for the removal of all toxic build up at the cellular level.
10. Glutathione has exceptionally strong antiviral effects.
“High levels of this in the body and subsequently in tissues and blood inhibit and prevent the replication of virtually all pathogens,” Catapang narrates. “If too low in the body, the body is far more susceptible to virus and pathogen invasion.”
11. Glutathione fights overall stress.
Oxidative stress causes cell damage, loss of energy, and inflammation, boosts all diseases in the body, Catapang warns.
Though natural in the body, at age 20, the body’s ability to produce supplements like glutathione deplete, says Salazar.
“As we age, the glutathione within our body decreases… We start aging at late 20s, but it becomes more evident at our 30s…By 30 years old, it goes down and at the same time, oxidative stress increases in our body. When this happens, that’s when we start to look haggard and stressed,” she explains.
Catapang adds that glutathione drops in the body by 10 to 15 percent by age 20, and plunges even more every decade hence, which has bad implications on overall health and aging.
“Our metabolism slows down when we get older, so our glow also diminishes,” notes Salazar.
She says factors that lower glutathione in the body are UV rays, stress, trauma, infection or illness, poor lifestyle and diet, and pollution.
As remedy, the doctors recommend taking glutathione food supplements like Novuskin Lift, which, according to Catapang, has been tried and tested to be effective in skin brightening.
Salazar, for her part, vouches for glutathione treatments like G-Bright, offered by SvelT’i Health and Beauty Center in Quezon City for brightening the skin tone, improving cell renewal, inhibiting melanin production to lessen dark spots, and neutralizing free radicals for an intensive glow right after the treatment.
12. Glutathione is anti-aging.
As an antioxidant, gluta helps prevent wrinkles and acne marks, while making the skin glow, says Salazar.
13. Glutathione may prevent depression and autism.
Studies show that people who are depressed or with autism have low glutathione levels in the body.
Thus, now that the Mental Health Bill has been passed in the Philippine Senate, mental health doctors and experts might want to consider suggesting glutathione to their patients.
Glutathione is among the anti-aging secrets of wellness guru and Novuskin Lift ambassador Cory Quirino.