Glutathione is an athlete’s best friend. Whether you’re focusing on strength, size, endurance, or anything in-between, you’re going to want to know about it. Because you’re going to need it. Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, able to crush toxins and free radicals in a single blow. It’s the primary detoxifier and anti-inflammatory in every cell and directly supports the production of ATP. Within 10 minutes of doing an aerobic activity, the amount of glutathione in your muscle cells (the cells that you’re exercising) goes down by about 40%.due to oxidative stress.
Antioxidants, free radicals, oxidative stress. ATP. Before you understand how they all work together, it helps to know what each of them does. They are all interconnected so it can get a little confusing.
Think of antioxidants as a molecule that cleans up the cellular mess that happens after you exercise, during recovery. It reduces oxidative stress, combating toxins, heavy metals, and free radicals. Garbage your body wants to dump ASAP.
Exercising increases how much oxygen you take in, leading to what is called “oxidative stress.” Oxidative stress damages cells and turns them into free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable compounds made during cell metabolism. They can build up and cause damage to other molecules including your DNA. Free radicals not only damage healthy cells, but they can also prevent the repair process.
ATP, or Adenosine 5′-triphosphate, is the principal molecule for storing and transferring energy in cells. Whether you’re running, lifting weights or taking part in any other type of exercise, the job of your cells is to produce ATP. Glutathione is critical to maintaining ATP production. The lower your levels of glutathione, the less ATP that will be produced, the less endurance you will have. The harder you work, the more glutathione you need.
It’s all sort of a Rube Goldberg machine for sports performance.
In a nutshell, albeit one the size any mutant ninja squirrel would go ape for, if the body doesn’t get enough glutathione, you can expect to experience an increase in the severity of symptoms normally related to exercise. You know the ones we’re talking about. The one’s hot showers and heat patches and the not-always-guaranteed-to-take-away-the-body aches bottles of ibuprofen don’t do anything for.
But instead of looking at it all from the negative side, take a look at some of the positive things glutathione can do for your body. It’s any athlete’s dream:
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