Glutathione — a tripeptide compound comprised of three amino acids (cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine), is produced in the liver and exists in every cell in the body in reduced (GSH) and oxidized (glutathione disulfide, or GSSG) states. Known as the body’s “master antioxidant,” glutathione acts as a free radical scavenger and detoxifying agent; depleted levels indicate oxidative stress — an imbalance between oxidant (harmful) and antioxidant agents in the body.
Glutathione levels can decline as the result of several factors, including age, poor lifestyle and diet, and pathological conditions. Incorporating a healthy diet along with a glutathione nutritional supplement can enhance internal glutathione production.* Below, we discuss the major challenges to absorbing glutathione via oral intake and how Tesseract’s unique supplement formulation ensures optimized glutathione absorption in the body.
Glutathione is present in millimolar concentrations in the cell. The intracellular glutathione concentrations range between 0.5 to 15 mM. However, its relative distribution among cellular compartments remains elusive as oxidized glutathione (GSSH) rapidly recycles back to reduced glutathione (GSH) in key cell organelles.
Glutathione supplementation is well-tolerated with no adverse side effects and can be delivered in several ways, including intravenous, intramuscular, nebulized, intranasal, and oral modes, although oral glutathione supplementation is commonly preferred. However, clinical evidence demonstrating a rise in blood or intracellular glutathione levels from ingesting an oral supplement is limited. Using S-Actetyl-Glutathione as an oral supplement makes it easier to quantify intracellular glutathione.
Let’s take a closer look at the limiting factors in the body’s absorption of an oral glutathione supplement, including its rapid metabolism and excretion.
These challenges to oral glutathione absorption are best addressed with a supplement formulation that enhances the absorption and subsequent bioavailability of glutathione molecules.
SafeCell®, a proprietary formulation developed by Tesseract Medical Research, contains S-Actetyl-Glutathione which makes it easier to quantify intracellular glutathione. This Tesseract supplement formulation utilizes the revolutionary CyLoc® - DexKey® nutrient delivery technology to achieve targeted delivery and enhanced absorption of acetyl glutathione molecules in the gastrointestinal tract. The CyLoc® technology encases each glutathione molecule in a dextrin fiber delivery cage to maintain the integrity of the molecules until they reach the desired point of delivery in the body. The DexKey® technology accompanies each encased CyLoc® molecule and breaks the dextrin fiber cage at the desired release points.
With the unprecedented absorption of acetylated glutathione, SafeCell® promotes the optimal function of other antioxidants, modulates oxidative stress, and supports the body’s natural detoxification pathways, resulting in optimal cellular and neurological functions.*
Tesseract Medical Research is a pioneer in developing supplement formulations with enhanced palatability and optimized absorption to accomplish ‘micro-dosing’ — creating powerful and rapid physiological responses with lower amounts of active ingredients. Contact us to learn more about how to maximize glutathione absorption in the body with our breakthrough ‘master antioxidant’ supplement.
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2 Witschi A, Reddy S, Stofer B, Lauterburg BH. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1992;43(6):667-9. doi: 10.1007/BF02284971.