YOUR HEALTH: The most important health molecule you've never heard of

Glutathione (pronounced gloo-tuh-THIGH-ohn) is as essential for life as oxygen.

It’s possibly the most important molecule to our health and longevity, yet few people have ever heard of it, let alone understand why it’s important.

Glutathione, a tri-peptide, is the major cell protector and master antioxidant in the body, working to cleanse our cells of toxins and free radicals (one noted physician refers to it as “the mother of all antioxidants”).

High levels of glutathione in the cells helps protect us from oxidative stress, which has been associated with more than 74 major diseases, including cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Though we all produce glutathione naturally when the proper building blocks are in place, things like  pollution, stress, poor diet and even aging all serve to reduce our glutathione levels. That, in turn, weakens our immune system and neutralizes the most potent weapon we have in the fight against intracellular inflammation, disease and the symptoms of aging.

The trick to boosting glutathione levels, however, isn’t quite as straightforward as one might think. Though some companies have marketed oral glutathione supplements, these have shown to be largely ineffective, since glutathione is destroyed in the digestive system. What have been clinically proven to increase glutathione, however, are supplements that provide the body with what is needed to make glutathione. These include RiboCeine, a compound shown to protect and deliver one of the key components of glutathione production.

With poor diets and environmental toxins as ubiquitous as they are, it’s never been more important to understand the vital role of glutathione and how we can help our bodies produce more of it. I look forward to sharing more about this veritable wonder molecule in this column.


Darlene Goodrick is an associate with MAX International. She can be reached at 250-897-2058 or through her website at

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