Oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidants within the body. Elevated ROS signals an underlying imbalance that could block the peak performance of eggs and sperm.
This infertility problem due to oxidative stress can be solved by antioxidant supplementation such as glutathione. Glutathione, the master antioxidant, has been recognized for its vast health benefits. Based on its ability to protect cells, it plays a unique role in reproductive health, supporting both male and female fertility.
Specific to female fertility:
In females, glutathione protects eggs from damage. Since eggs develop over a long period before ovulation, the cells surrounding an egg replicate. Glutathione protects these cells and the ovaries from oxidative damage, contributing to overall egg quality. Research shows that oocytes with higher glutathione levels produce stronger, healthier embryos.
Specific to male fertility:
Clinical studies indicate that low sperm glutathione leads to poor overall sperm health, manifested as improperly packaged DNA prone to fragmentation. The same is true for sperm health. Since a lack of glutathione can result in cellular defects, a deficiency may negatively impact any stage of the process, from sperm maturation to fertilization, implantation, and early growth.
Why You Need To Boost Your Glutathione Levels
Although our body makes its own glutathione, the sad thing is it diminishes as we age. This may be one of the most significant factors in why egg quality declines with age. Once a deficiency develops, all aspects of your health can suffer, including your reproductive health.
If you’ve been planning, or are already trying to conceive, consider taking steps to ensure adequate glutathione levels. Book a consultation at The Drip Factor to learn more.
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