Glutathione and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can present itself soon after a traumatic experience; it can linger in the depths of our being.
As individuals, our traumas may vary from sexual abuse, the loss of a loved one, an accident, physical assault, or a natural disaster to name a few; yet how and when they start to present themselves is unique to each person. The mind & body have a way of showing us when there is an imbalance.
Symptoms may not present themselves immediately and it's important to note how the body will respond to the different structural changes in the brain. Some of these changes may bring on Chronic Fear, Anger, Nervousness and Guilt, Avoidance, Compulsive Eating, Exercising or Difficulty with Focus to name a few.
PTSD becomes chronic when the symptoms last longer than a month, for most people, they last a lot longer and one has a hard time moving forward living the life they were destined to live.
When the body is in Chronic Stress, this leads to oxidative stress in the body and brain, causing inflammation and higher susceptibility to disease, along with lower levels of glutathione.
When we have lower levels of glutathione in the brain, depression and anxiety can become heightened. Glutathione is the Master Antioxidant, it is imperative for exceptional living, both in the mind & body.
It is crucial to reduce and neutralize oxidative presentations to prevent oxidative damage in the brain as “Glutathione (GSH) is arguably the most important endogenous antioxidant in the brain.”
We can’t take away our trauma, but we can work with it to increase our glutathione, which then may help us start to heal, reduce the fight/flight reactions and in turn, move forward with clarity and positivity.
With more research being presented, it is becoming more known that lower levels of glutathione may be a contributing factor to mental health conditions.