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"Can Glutathione Benefit Women with PCOS? Exploring the Potential Effects of This Powerful Antioxidant"

by Cynthia Lombard, WHNP-BC


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It is characterized by irregular menstrual cycles, excess androgen levels (male hormones), and polycystic ovaries.


Glutathione, often referred to as the "master antioxidant," plays a crucial role in various physiological processes in the body, including detoxification, immune function, and antioxidant defense.


While there is limited direct research on the relationship between glutathione and PCOS, some studies suggest that oxidative stress may play a role in the development and progression of PCOS. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals (reactive oxygen species) and antioxidants in the body, leading to cellular damage.


Given its antioxidant properties, glutathione may potentially help mitigate oxidative stress in women with PCOS. By neutralizing free radicals and reducing oxidative damage, glutathione could theoretically help alleviate some symptoms associated with PCOS, such as insulin resistance, inflammation, and menstrual irregularities.


Additionally, some research indicates that women with PCOS may have lower levels of glutathione compared to women without the condition. Supplementation with glutathione precursors, such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) or alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), has been explored in some studies as a potential therapeutic approach for PCOS.


Contact Essential Woman LLC today for your consultation about PCOS and what we can do to help you.

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