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What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is a substance containing three amino acids (cysteine, glutamate, and glycine) and is found in human cells. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that can damage your cells and helps detoxify chemicals in the body, both natural and environmental.

Glutathione differs from other antioxidants in that it is produced in the liver as well as the central nervous system. As you age, your glutathione levels drop. Some claim that boosting glutathione reverses the signs of aging. 

Decreased levels of this antioxidant have been associated with conditions related to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by excess free radicals and has been linked to conditions including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

Glutathione Supplements

Remember that all supplements may interact with other medications or supplements you are already taking. Never start a new supplement without consulting your doctor.

Glutathione supplements can be taken by mouth or intravenously. Some argue that oral supplements are ineffective since stomach enzymes break them down. But glutathione can be supplemented in other, more natural ways as well.

Taking supplements or eating foods that help your body increase its production of glutathione is a different way to try to increase your levels. Foods including garlic, asparagus, and spinach are high in amino acids and contain sulfur, which may increase glutathione.

Supplements that may help the body produce more glutathione include milk thistle, N-acetyl cysteine, and superoxide dismutase. Eating a healthy diet and decreasing your exposure to toxins are also ways to promote strong glutathione levels.

Should You Take Glutathione Supplements?

There isn’t a lot of hard evidence supporting the benefits of glutathione supplements. If you’re interested in increasing your levels, talk to your doctor about changes to your diet and environment first, and then discuss the risks before taking supplements. For more information from Beverly Hills and Los Angeles pediatrician, Dr. Ed, please contact us today and follow our other social profiles at the top of the page.