These processes directly affect the state of the immune system and often become the main cause of the disease or its progression, severity and response (or rather, lack thereof) to treatments.
Glutathione plays a key role in strengthening both innate and adaptive immunity, and has profound effects on lymphocyte functions. All this adds up to an increase in our body’s capacity to fight both bacteria and viruses.
Low glutathione levels also mean that the prescribed medical treatments, instead of helping, may actually worsen the situation because synthetic drugs cause further declines in glutathione levels. For example, it has been scientifically proven that glutathione levels can predict how well and with what side effects cancer patients can tolerate chemotherapy and radiation.
Glutathione plays an important role in gallbladder health, helping the liver to detoxify fat before the bile is emitted, which reduces stress on the gallbladder.
Research has shown that almost all chronic conditions are characterized by the deficiency of glutathione: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, asthma, all cancers, cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, kidneys, lungs, heart and digestive system, fibromyalgia, influenza and cold, peripheral neuropathy, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, skin disorders, seizures, tumors, autism spectrum disorders and many more. Due to these unfavorable effects of glutathione deficiency, it has been called the “Super molecule”.
People who consider themselves healthy may also have low glutathione levels. The main reason for this is age first, because the production of glutathione in cells decreases naturally with an average rate of 10% per decade of life after the age of 20 years. Secondly, every day we are all exposed to environmental pollution, exhaust gases, viruses, nutrition that does not contain daily nutritious foods with 7-9 servings of recommended vegetables and organic fruit a day. Such a lifestyle eventually leads to a certain degree of glutathione deficiency.