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The gene GSTM1 improves heath by recycling glutathione levels in the body. Glutathione is one of the body’s most important antioxidants and anti-toxins. The SSHD-GT1 molecule targets GSTM1 gene to promote its function.
What does GSTM1 do?
Glutathione is one of the body’s most powerful anti-oxidants. It also plays a significant role in recycling other important anti-oxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E. Glutathione also plays a major role in detoxification by chemically altering toxins so that they can be removed safely from the body. Unfortunately, many factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis such as poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete the availability of this most important health promoter.
What is glutathione?
Glutathione is a very important life promoting molecule that is produced naturally and continuously in the body. It is made by combining three amino acids, cysteine, glycine and glutamine.
Glutathione itself cannot be obtained directly from food. Following its use as an anti-oxidant or an anti-toxin, glutathione is recycled. Since many factors such as those outlined above deplete glutathione, it is not surprising that low levels of glutathione lead to development of many disorders.
Why is glutathione so important?
Dr. Hyman has discovered that low levels of glutathione are found in nearly all sick patients. These include people with chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, cancer, chronic infections, autoimmune disease, diabetes, autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, asthma, kidney problems, liver disease and more .
How is glutathione made?
Glutathione is synthesised by a number of genes, one of the most important being glutathione S-transferase Mu 1 or GSTM1 for short. GSTM1 is one of the most important genes needed for recycling glutathione in the body when it has been used.
The function of the gene GSTM1 is decreased in nearly all very sick people , therefore, targeting the GSTM1 gene will be of help to all those who suffer from any form of ill-health and help everyone to remain as healthy as possible.
For a comprehensive review of the significance of glutathione in many diseases, see Ref. 2.