Glutathione Glutathione is an important antioxidant that the body makes naturally. It is used to scavenge free radical damage in the body, which basically means stabilizing cells that have gone rogue. Unfortunately, due to higher levels of oxidative stress on the body from lifestyle, food quality, prescription drugs, emotional trauma, physical stress, and toxins in the environment, the glutathione we make in the body isn’t nearly enough to cover the demand. It gets depleted very quickly in the body. The good news is that it is also found in fruits, vegetables, and meats. So, what your body does not produce, you can get from good quality foods.
Supplementing glutathione in your diet can be as easy as eating more foods like cabbage, avocados, garlic, onions, broccoli, kale, collards, cauliflower, and watercress. The best way to boost glutathione levels is through diet because of the way your body processes it. Rather than supplementing with glutathione, it is often better to supplement the building blocks in order to encourage your body to produce more glutathione on its own. Cysteine is one of the amino acids the body needs to produce glutathione. Other nutrients important in the production of glutathione are B vitamins, selenium, and vitamins C and E.
Sometimes getting glutathione from foods you eat is enough to cover the demand, and other times it is not. For those situations, supplementing glutathione may be an option. There are different ways of supplementing glutathione. Oral absorption of glutathione is not always the greatest, depending on the form and the quality of glutathione that you are taking. I usually recommend replacing glutathione levels through injections &/or IV’s. The absorption is immediate and effective. If you are interested in replacing glutathione, please contact us so we can discuss the best option for you.