One of the most powerful antioxidants and detoxifiers, Glutathione is comprised of three sulfur-containing amino acids and is actually created inside your body. This magic molecule is intimately involved in the life cycle of the cell from birth to death. It is the “maestro of the immune system and the master detoxifier,” according to Dr. Mark Hyman. Glutathione helps the liver to clear toxins from the body by acting like glue for the toxins to stick to and be eliminated. Glutathione is required to make bile which breaks down dietary fat in the body. It is also essential for many other body processes cellular redox homeostasis, oxygen transport, protection of DNA, amino acid transport, protection of B12 inside the cells and the removal of heavy metals.
In today’s toxic world, we need more glutathione than our bodies can make with the amount of sulfur in our diet. Our bodies simply were not designed for the amount of toxins and stress we encounter. While everyone needs more glutathione, some are more affected than others. Genetic predispositions like the MTHFR gene mutation, affecting about half of all people, cripples the body’s methylation capabilities which are necessary for processing B9, converting homocysteine into methionine, and creating glutathione. This results in deficiencies of B12, B6 and folate as well as toxin build up in the body leading to many other chronic diseases like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Liver disease, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, cardiovascular disease and chronic inflammation.
How to increase glutathione levels:
- Eat more Sulfur rich foods – garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.). I like to put my veggies into smoothies…easier to drink them and easier for the body to absorb.
- Exercise – seriously….eat your vegetables and exercise….no surprise!
- Supplement N- Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Glutathione, B vitamins, Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E, selenium, milk thistle
- Glutathione Injections and IV therapy for severely deficient or chronically ill.
Book your appointment with Dr. Sera to assess your glutathione levels and get a glutathione supplement or injection.
- Allen, Jason and Bradley, Ryan. Effects of Glutathione Supplementation on Systemic Oxidative Stress Biomarkers in Human Volunteers. Altern Complement Med. 2011 Sep; 17(9): 827–833. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3162377/
- Nazzareno, Ballatori, et al. Glutathione dysregulation and the etiology and progression of human diseases. Biol Chem. 2009 Mar; 390(3): 191–214. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2756154/
- Hyman, Mark. Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants. Jun 10, 2010