Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant, the benefits of Glutathione have been show to slow down the ageing process and decrease inflammation. This sounds great, though Glutathione can only be consumed in very small quantities through foods and most of us have low levels of glutathione
A therapeutic supplementation is crucial for increasing glutathione levels, that’s why I recommend therapeutic levels of supplementation. Non Thyroidal Illness Syndrome (NTIS) is a state of low serum triiodothyronine (T3). Research in the The Journal of Clinical Investigation (2011), noted that low levels of T3 are linked to inflammatory disorders, mediated by Interleukin 6 (IL-6) 1. Interleukin 6 is an inflammatory protein that is produced by the immune system in response to bacteria, virus or fungus.
Additionally, certain people have a mutation in their genes, which makes them more susceptible to elevated IL-6. T3 has a higher metabolic action than T4 (thyroxine hormone). This may explain why Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and Thyroxine (T4) levels are not sufficient when understanding metabolism and thyroid health. T3 is an essential process as it is the most active form of thyroid hormone and has been linked to increase energy and metabolism. A Study showed that 90% of people with hypothyroidism were producing antibodies to their own thyroid tissue, this is known as autoimmune disease. Where the immune system cannot differentiate between it’s own cells and foreign cells. This creates an inflammatory cascade and elevated production of IL-6. If left untreated, this can lower Thyroid hormone levels over time, especially triiodothyronine T3. Glutathione supplementation has been shown to inhibit IL-6 and increase the production of T3.
If Glutathione inhibits the body’s inflammatory cascade, then it is worth considering this supplement for all auto immune related conditions. Therapeutic levels are between 1g-3g.
Always check with your GP for any contra-indications to your existing medication before taking therapeutic levels of any supplementation.