Anti-Aging: Glutathione and Centenarians

Current statistics show that the 100-year-old group is the fastest growing age group. What is the secret of a long and healthy life? The answer may lie in a small but extremely potent molecule present in every cell of the human body: glutathione.

While vitamins such as C and E are known worldwide, glutathione in its central importance for cell metabolism is actually only known among researchers and is still largely ignored by conventional medicine for inexplicable reasons.

For example, the glutathione level of 41 centenarians aged between 100 and 106 years was compared with that of persons aged between 60 and 79 years. It was found that glutathione levels were significantly higher in the group of over 100s than in the younger comparison group and that glutathione levels were again highest in those over 100s with the best health status1).

As a result of the study it was found that a high glutathione level is causally related to a high life expectancy.

In a later study, glutathione levels were measured in 87 women aged 60 to 103 years, all still in excellent physical and mental condition.

The researchers found that all women had very high glutathione levels. This group of women was observed for another 5 years by the researchers, who concluded that “high levels of gluthione are characteristic of women with long life expectancies “2).

Although discovered in 1921 by the English biochemist and Nobel Prize winner Hopkins, it was not until the 1980s that researchers came to the conclusion that glutathione played a key role in maintaining health and preventing diseases.

All indications are that glutathione is an important key to anti-aging and promotes a long life.

Literature:

1) Andersen, H.R. “Lower Acitivity of Superoxide Dismutase and High Activity of Glutathione Reductase in Erythrocytes From Centenarians” Age and Ageing, 1998; 27.643.8.

2) Lang, C. A., Mills, B. J., Lang, H. L., Liu, M.C., Usui, W. M., Richie, J. Jr., Mastropaolo, W., Murrell, S.A. “High blood glutathione levels accompany excellent physical andmental health in women ages 60 to 103 years.” J Lab Clin Med. 2002 Dec; 140(6):380 -1.