What is Glutathione (GSH)?
Glutathione is one of the body’s most important and potent antioxidants. It has acclaimed the label of “The mother of all antioxidants!”. Antioxidants are substances that reduce oxidative stress by combating free radicals in the body. Thankfully, our bodies are able to produce this amazing substance all by itself… however, the following factors destroys our GSH levels:
1. Toxins from poor diet including GMO foods
2. Artificial sweeteners
3. Chronic disease & Infections
4. Constant stress
7. Medications and antibiotics overuse
8. Trauma & injuries
If your GSH levels drops too low, this leaves you susceptible to unrestrained cell disintegration from oxidative stress, free radicals, infections and cancer. Your liver then gets overloaded and damaged, making it unable to do its job of detoxification.
If any of these factors are present in your life, you might benefit from an increase in your Glutathione (GSH) levels!
Ways to increase your Glutathione naturally:
** As always, diet comes first! **
1. Include Milk Thistle in your diet
– The active ingredient in Milk Thistle is silymarin. This may cause an increase in Glutathione levels.
2. Whey protein
– Great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for Glutathione synthesis (must be bio-active and made from non-denatured proteins)
3. Consume sulphur rich foods
– Garlic, onions, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, radish, turnip, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts, watercress, mustard greens, beef, fish, poultry.
4. NAC (N-acetyl cysteine)
– A very effective asthma remedy which helps to decrease the severity and frequency of wheezing and respiratory attacks by boosting Glutathione and thinning bronchial mucous. NAC is a precursor to Glutathione.
5. Methylation Nutrients (Vitamins B6, B9, B12 and biotin)
– Top folate foods include: Chickpeas, liver, pinto beans, lentils, spinach, asparagus, avocado, beets, black eyed peas, broccoli.
6. Add selenium rich foods to your diet
– Selenium is a cofactor for the production of glutathione. Fish, beef, chicken, organ meats, cottage cheese, brown rice, eggs, spinach and brazil nuts have high levels of selenium.
7. Increase your Vitamin C intake
– Vit C works as an antioxidant to protect cells from oxidative damage. Vit C attacks the free radicals first, thereby sparing glutathione. Vit C also assist to reprocess glutathione by converting oxidized glutathione back to its active form. Foods high in Vitamin C include: Oranges, red peppers, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit, guava, kiwi, green peppers.
– Boost immune system, improve detoxification and enhance your body’s own antioxidant defenses.
9. Eat foods naturally rich in Glutathione
– Spinach, avocados, asparagus, okra, however dietary Glutathione is not fully absorbed by the body. This may still help decrease oxidative stress in the body.
10. Try turmeric extract
– Curcumin, an important ingredient of turmeric, may increase Glutathione levels. You however need more than just using the spice in your food.
11. Get enough sleep
– Chronic lack of sleeps may case a decrease in your body’s Glutathione levels. Getting regular good quality sleep can assist to increase and maintain your Glutathione levels.
12. Take Glutathione supporting supplements