Glutathione: The Super Antioxidant Your Body Makes – And Why You Need More Now!

Glutathione Molecule

Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent, and it’s also something of a well-kept secret. Outside the wellness community, few people have even heard of it, but it’s now time to lift the curtain on this life-saving molecule that delivers incredible benefits, and even helps slow the aging process. Though glutathione’s not a magic health bullet per se, it comes pretty close, and getting more of it is absolutely essential to eliminating toxins from your body, keeping disease at bay, maintaining youth and sustaining wellness. Come up short and you’re putting yourself in the path of all manner of health problems, but get enough and glutathione’s health-supportive properties can be the difference between a vibrant, energetic life and one that’s anything but.

Because I feel so strongly about it, I’ve just added it into my newest Cleanse Plus program and to the Be Well store in capsule form.

Here are some of the reasons why I prescribe glutathione – for both cleansing support and everyday use – and why I too take it every day:

So, Where’s It Been All My Life?

Though supplementation with glutathione has been around for years, few people were aware of it because, until recently, the only way to take it was through an IV. Oral forms weren’t very successful because they were poorly absorbed – the stomach would diligently break down about 90% of it, preventing most of the glutathione from getting to where it needed to go. Now, however, an easily absorbed version, known as acetyl glutathione, has been developed, and at last, the benefits of glutathione can be enjoyed conveniently in pill form, without the IV drip.

Glutathione Hoovers-up Toxins and Keeps You Young All Over

Comprised of three amino acids, glutathione is the single most powerful antioxidant your body produces and recycles. It’s made in the liver, the organ most responsible for detoxifying your body, so optimal liver function is absolutely essential. If your liver isn’t functioning well, glutathione production suffers, toxins overwhelm it and illness, both short term and long, are not far behind. Keep your glutathione levels high however and it:

  • Protects your DNA from damage and maintains optimal immunity
  • Protects against free radicals, tamps down inflammation and helps fend off heart disease, cancer, neurological decline, dementia and many more of the debilitating diseases we fear most
  • Neutralizes and clears heavy metals and toxins from the body
  • Keeps your mitochondria pumping out energy
  • Delivers powerful anti-aging benefits. In fact, low glutathione levels have been linked to every major aging process in the human body, so by fighting back with glutathione, you can help keep you energy levels higher, for longer.

In short, glutathione allows your body to detoxify itself and in so doing, helps keep you healthy for the long haul. It’s the ultimate health-supportive champ – and it’s the one you want in your corner.

Trouble Is, You’re Not Making Enough Of It

The not-so-great news is that the odds of having optimal glutathione levels much past the age of 20 are pretty slim. With aging, your body is fighting a bit of a losing battle, with natural production dropping by roughly 10% per decade. Do the math. By the time you hit 60, you’re working with a bit over half the amount you made during your college years. For many people, that translates to flagging energy, lowered immunity and a host of low-grade ills. And while aging is inevitable, feeling lousy while doing it is not. By boosting one’s glutathione levels, many people can slow the losses of the aging process and possibly stop some major health problems from setting up camp in your body.

You May Be Unwittingly Short-changing Your Supply

In addition to aging, there are other forces taking a bite out of your glutathione production. You’ll want to pay attention to the classic health-suckers: stress, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and some prescription meds to name a few. Another major depleter: toxic overload, or heavy long term exposure to toxins and pollution, which not only contributes to glutathione depletion but also inhibits the liver’s ability to produce it.

Hey Doc, How Do I Get Some?

To optimize your glutathione supply, I recommend a multi-pronged approach, combining a nutrient-dense diet with stress-reduction, exercise and smart supplementation. Here are a few ways to top off your tank:

  • Exercise triggers glutathione production, so finding a routine that works for you is the way to go. If you’re just getting into a workout groove, start slow and build up over time. An overly aggressive exercise program right out of the gate can do more harm than good and inadvertently facilitate the production of those health-harming free radicals – so again, don’t over-do it! 
  • Unmanaged, chronic stress depletes glutathione, so commit to getting it under control! Take stress down a few notches with calming practices like meditation, mindfulness exercises, restorative yoga or tai chi. 
  • Then there’s your diet. Be sure to include foods that support and stimulate glutathione production. Top picks include: garlic and onions, as well as asparagus, avocados, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, parsley and watercress. Cinnamon, cardamom and curcumin also offer benefits.
  • For smoothie fans, whey protein is also helpful – but just be sure to get the good stuff, meaning organic, non-denatured (un-heated) whey, from grass-fed cows, free of additives or sweeteners.
  • Another way to encourage glutathione production? Take steps to minimize your exposure to toxins. By doing so you’ll lighten your toxic load and reduce the strain on your glutathione stores. The easiest ways to cut down exposure: filtering your water; using gentler organic or homemade, natural cleaning products; reducing the use of personal care products; switching to glass for food storage and reheating. 
  • To achieve optimal levels, I also recommend supplementation. When purchasing, make sure you’re getting acetyl glutathione to ensure bioavailability – and reap maximum benefit. 
  • jen

    What is the difference between n-acetyl glutathione and NAC?

  • Matty

    I would also like to know about NAC, is it the precursor to Glutathione that it is touted to be? Do you recommend it and if so, how much each day.

  • Hi Matty, yes, NAC is the precursor to glutathione in the body. We usually recommend about 3-4 grams a day.

  • Hi Jen, NAC is a precursor to glutathione, meaning it helps your body produce glutathione. Now that glutathione is available in supplement form, we recommend using that since you’d be going straight to the source.

  • My glutathione was depleted due to toxic “silver” dental fillings. Also known as amalgam fillings, they commonly are up to 50% mercury, a strong neuro-toxic. That is why in Europe a number of countries have banned use of mercury in dental work. My memory, energy, hormones and exercise recovery were all f—–d up. Conventional MDs wanted to treat my symptoms. Luckily after much study, I figured out the solution….

  • Love seeing an article that emphasizes the importance of Acetyl glutathione. The precursors such as N Acetylcysteine and R-alpha lipoic acid are effective in increasing glutathione synthesis, but the best way to directly enhance levels is with Acetyl glutathione.
    I take both acetyl gsh and precursors, have for the past couple of years and I have never felt better in my life. Fantastic article Dr. Lipman.

  • Karen

    There are no studies on acetyl glutathione in humans. All the references I have seen are in animals and do not support increased glutathione levels.

  • Rizza

    I use luxxe white from enhancedgluta dot com and it’s been very good so try the product because so far there is no bad result

  • coby

    Great article. Another good reasons not to force-vaccinate. Minimize your exposure to toxins. Will share this. Thank you.

  • grumpyweaselteets

    I have had all my “silver” dental filling replaced with composite (more natural looking) ones already a year ago. I know that this step was a significant health improvement for me over the old ‘silver ones’. Unfortunately, I had to cough up extra money to have it done since my insurance only covered a portion of the replacements. I wish insurance companies today covered the composite fillings more. Time will tell.

    Interestingly enough, not only are many of the symptoms Metabolic-Man mentioned previously now subsided in me, but I have noticed my exercise recovery times reduced, increased mental focus/alertness increased, and general overall calm/wellness improvement since taking MaxOne™ in conjunction with MaxGXL. The duality of consuming Riboceine with NAC/Alpha Lipoic Acid/L-Glutamine have been huge in my optimizing higher Glutathione (GSH) levels. In short – I feel great! The only side effects I’ve had is that I seem to detoxify in a highly efficient, almost too easy manner. For example: If I had a couple of beers and was thinking about consuming another, my body actually starts to kick into a kind of “pre-hangover” mode, telling me that what ever I’m putting in (alcohol, toxins, etc.) that it’s being immediately picked up within my interstitial fluid (fluid surrounding the trillions of body cells) and to change up to consuming more water to rid the body of the resident toxic concoction. Kind of a double edged sword – I like the feeling of both: a feeling of health and well being vs. a feeling of soft numbness (beer). In the end, my desire for MaxOne and MaxGXL win out. I guess, this would be an excellent combination for those wanting to kick any alcohol habit :-) There you go – I just saved you from attending a 12 step program at your local AA meet up! :-)

    I guess that by having over 300% increased Glutathione levels really does make one feel great, even at the expense of losing the desire to consume copious amount of beer :-)

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  • Mike

    Why is the supplement so expensive?? Unfortunately makes it hard to justify at the moment…

  • Chelsea Rippy

    I supplement my Glutathione with an intra-oral spray by Results RNA. Recently upped my dose because my legs were unexplainably tingly. Within a few days, the issue was gone. Loved the product so much I created a website to talk about and sell amazing products like these. Email me at [email protected] and I can get you 20% off all the Results RNA products.