The Role of Glutathione.
Oxidation is like a flame, wonderful when harnessed, dangerous when out of control. When we are young, the oxidation necessary for energy production is highly efficient with only a small amount of oxygen not utilized.
Even this minor oxygen loss(1-3%)unforunately results in the production of free radicals. And this is where glutathione comes in to neutralize those free radicals.
A one-to-three percent oxygen loss causing free-radicals production doesn't sound too bad, does it? But say you are no longer 20 hears of age and correspondingly, your cellular mitochondria are not as efficient as they once were. More and more free radicals are generated in the oxidative energy process and they are, in turn, damaging the mitochondria themselves which is the outer walls of the cell.
The powerful antioxidant, glutathione, quenches a number of free radicals, including the highly dangerous hydroxyl radical by donating an electron. Glutathione itself does not become a free radical even though it has given up an electron.
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