Glutathione and Heart Disease

Heart disease and stroke continue to be the leading cause of death of men and women yet the number one preventable disease. But how is glutathione and heart disease linked?


What does glutathione and heart disease have in common? If you have heart disease or at risk of heart disease then you most likely have low glutathione levels.

Glutathione and heart disease link:

Dr Mark Houston explains that low glutathione levels are a strong predictor of a possible heart attack. A lack of glutathione has been associated with increased free radical and oxidative damage, so there is a big link between glutathione and heart disease.


Oxidative stress is now recognised as a key event in the development of atherosclerosis which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. An initial oxidative injury to a blood vessel triggers the artery to form a cholesterol cap over the area of injury. Over time, this can build up into a fatty plaque which can grow large enough to stop the flow of blood. Thrombus (blood clot) can form over the plaque and break off, blocking supply to blood to vital organs such as the brain (resulting in a stroke) or heart (resulting in a heart attack).  Since oxidative injury is the first step in cardiovascular disease, it makes sense that sufficient antioxidant defense is required to stop the damage.



Increasing glutathione levels can help heart disease with:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack
  • Improve immune function
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Improve vascular health
  • Protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Slow the oxidation of fats
  • Assist with the uptake of other antioxidants



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