It’s been dubbed a master antioxidant, a bastion of defence against chronic illness and a major natural detoxifier.

Some people even believe that it helps to slow the ageing process.

But what is glutathione, how does it work, and does it live up to the considerable hype?

Although glutathione (GSH) is one of the most frequently talked-about antioxidants and detoxifying agents among functional and integrative medical doctors – as well as champions of natural health – many people remain in the dark, wholly unaware of the compound’s ability to counteract oxidation-related cell and mitochondrial damage, chelate heavy metals, build and repair tissues and prevent inflammation.