What is Reduced Glutathione?

Anyone who has seen iron or steel “rust” has seen the results of oxidation. It is a well-known example of oxidation, and oxygen is actually the culprit in rust, scientists continue to use the term “oxidized” to describe a molecular process which does not always involve oxygen.

Electrons are small, negatively charged particles that orbit the nucleus of the cell. Sound familiar from grade school? Never though this would have been useful in the real world but it is. Each atom has a nucleus which contains positively charged protons and usually neutrally charged neutrons.diagram of an atom

When the number of protons and electrons are equal, the net electrical charge is zero and the molecule is in a stable state. When a molecule has fewer electrons than protons, the net charge is positive and is considered “oxidized”. Oxidized molecules are unstable and seek sufficient electrons to become electrically neutral. These aggressively active molecules are known as free radicals.

Reduced Glutathione

Substances such as vitamin C, in the oxidized state no longer function as an antioxidant. Only when they are reduced, meaning they contain needed electrons, can they effectively function as antioxidants. To learn more about free radicals and Glutathione (GSH). See Dr. Thomas Levy’s book GSH Master Defender Against Disease, Toxins, and Aging.

One Response to What is Reduced Glutathione?

  1. Holden says:

    There’s been some newer research coming out that suggests L-glutathione itself as a direct supplement may absorb better than we previously thought. Do you have any thoughts on this?

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