What is Liposomal Glutathione?
Glutathione is the main antioxidant produced in your body. It is a tripeptide made up of three main amino acids: Glutamine, Glycine, Cysteine. It can be found in particularly high concentrations in the liver, playing an important role on its detoxifying function. Glutathione production in your body can be affected by several factors, including stress, environmental toxins - such as alcohol - and age. In order to increase glutathione levels, it can be taken in the form of supplements or intravenously.
What is the Difference between Liposomal Glutathione and Glutathione Disulfide
Glutathione is usually encountered in two forms: Liposomal Glutathione (L-Glutathione), also known as Reduced Glutathione (GSH), found in LVDY; and Glutathione Disulfide, also known as Oxidized Glutathione (GSSG). L-Glutathione is the stable and active form of glutathione which is necessary for good health, in order to repair oxidative damage from free radicals. Once it has performed its job, Liposomal Glutathione oxidizes and turns into Glutathione Disulfide. Oxidized Glutathione is the inactive form of the antioxidant, however it can be returned to its active form through the enzyme Glutathione Reductase.
What exactly does Liposomal Glutathione do in the body?
L-Glutathione supports your immune system and helps your body detoxify. It stimulates cell regeneration, promotes optimal cellular health and plays a key part in the functioning of immune cells. It improves your liver function and is vital for the detoxifying process, especially after alcohol consumption, and is critical in enhancing energy metabolism which is also affected by alcohol. It also recycles other antioxidants in your body, such as Vitamin C, to boost your immune system as much as possible. Ultimately in its primary function L-Glutathione reduces oxidative stress which, in high levels, can be a precursor to multiple diseases; including diabetes, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis; and, by fending off the impact of oxidative stress on your body, you may reduce the risk of such diseases.
So how does Liposomal Glutathione work?
Liposomal Glutathione is able to perform so well because it encapsulates the active GSH inside vesicles known as Liposomes. These are microscopic bubbles with protective barriers called Phospholipid molecules, similar to our bodies' own cell membranes, which keep the contents safe from digestive juices that would otherwise prevent the glutathione from accessing the cells directly. This protects the glutathione from oxidation and avoids any gastro-intestinal distress from the antioxidant.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits, particularly in its Liposomal form. The L-Glutathione found in LVDY can support your liver when you consume alcohol; just by taking one dose of LVDY at least one hour before you start drinking, you are helping your body to cope better with the effects of the free radicals which alcohol produces. By using L-Glutathione in LVDY, as opposed to Glutathione Disulfide, we can ensure that the enzymes reach the necessary cells in your body without being oxidized or digested prematurely.