Glutathione and Thyroid Health
Glutathione has a remarkable role when it comes to one of the most important processes regarding thyroid gland: The conversion of T4 into metabolically active T3, responsible for the majority of thyroid activities. Glutathione is considered to be irreplaceable in the process of this conversion, due to its antioxidative and detoxifying powers.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease which triggers false alarms causing the body to attack the thyroid gland. In cases of Hashimoto’s, the immune system perceives thyroid proteins as harmful, releasing antibodies in its defense. These antibodies, known as lymphocytes, enter the thyroid and start attacking the tissue, blood vessels, as well as cells. Studies have found that people suffering from Hashimoto’s lack glutathione. Furthermore, glutathione deficiency may result in loss of immune tolerance and the increase of oxidative stress, causing a further development of the disease.
Lacking glutathione leads to poor immune function, which may have immune system attacks as a result. In this case, the immune system sends antibodies to attack the TPO enzyme (used in thyroid protein synthesis), which results in Hashimoto’s.
Graves’ disease, often the underlying cause of hyperthyroidism, is also an autoimmune disease, causing the immune system to attack healthy tissue. Studies on Graves’ disease have shown the significant importance of glutathione when it comes to fighting off free radicals and neutralizing oxidative stress, which may trigger or intensify manifestations of hyperthyroidism.
Glutathione is without a doubt an essential nutrient which should be monitored especially for those at risk for or currently managing thyroid conditions. Glutathione must be kept at adequate levels as we age in order to maintain a healthy immune system and deter the onset of thyroid conditions. Read more about what adding a glutathione supplement can do for you and your health in our online shop.