A new long-term, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled human clinical trial, published in the May issue of the European Journal of Nutrition, revealed for the first time that daily consumption of a Setria® Glutathione supplement was effective at increasing body stores of glutathione—an antioxidant generated within our bodies to help keep us healthy—combating long-held contrary beliefs.
Glutathione is a tripeptide that is naturally found in nearly all cells, tissues and organ systems in the body. It is also known as the "master antioxidant" due to its vast functions of antioxidant protection, detoxification and immune system fortification. But for many reasons including age, prescription and OTC medication intake, health conditions, lifestyle, diet, weight and even time of day, the body's stores of glutathione may be in short supply. This six-month clinical trial led by Dr. John P. Richie of Penn State University evaluated the efficacy of Setria Glutathione supplementation at enhancing body stores of glutathione, and the results show that glutathione supplementation may represent an effective intervention strategy to not only enhance body stores but also boost the body's immune function.
Dr. Richie, professor of public health sciences and pharmacology at Penn State University School of Medicine, has studied glutathione for more than 25 years, and his body of research focuses primarily on fighting oxidative stress. "It is well-known in the science community that glutathione is one of the primary protective molecules in the body,” he said. “However, whether or not glutathione levels could be supplemented by oral glutathione administration has been hotly debated and clinical data has been lacking. Now we have evidence to illustrate the potential benefit of glutathione supplementation on immune health and reduction of oxidative stress."
"Kyowa Hakko pioneered a fermentation technology that is used to manufacture amino acids, nucleic acids, vitamins and related compounds to dietary supplements," said Danielle Citrolo, PharmD, technical services manager at Kyowa Hakko USA Inc. "We couldn't be more pleased about the publication of this study and its potential to help our customers. Even the healthiest individuals face environmental factors and toxins that can combat the positive effects of a well-rounded diet, and thus could benefit from an antioxidant supplementation like Setria Glutathione."