Top Ways to Boost Glutathione
TOP WAYS TO BOOST GLUTATHIONE
Glutathione is the master or “grand-mama” antioxidant essential to immune health, liver detoxification, cancer prevention, fertility and cell membrane integrity to name just a few of its functions in the body! We talked on the podcast this week (Check out Episodes 110 and 112 on Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline!) about the role of antioxidants in protecting the brain from oxidative damage seen as a driver of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease progression. Glutathione is present in virtually every cell of the body and all of the other antioxidants we more commonly hear about like Vitamin C, E, Selenium and so forth actually help to build glutathione in the body! Glutathione gets depleted with the aging process, when there is infection or illness, under chronic stress and with increased toxicity in our environment and food system.
We can support glutathione production in the body by:
Using non-denatured Grassfed Whey like my Naturally Nourished Grassfed Whey Protein in shakes, smoothies, baked goods, protein pancakes and more! Whey boosts cysteine which helps to rebuild glutathione and supports the immune system as well as lean body mass! Watch out for isolates and always choose non-denatured from a known source!
Consuming sulfur rich foods like those in the cruciferous veggie family: broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels, collard greens and beyond!
Supplementing with NAC or N-acetyl cysteine which functions as a precursor to glutathione production and can actually thin mucus experienced with colds and allergies, reduce severity of asthma attacks and aid in treatment of neurological conditions. My Cellular Antiox product pairs glutathione with NAC and B6 for optimal absorption and bioavailability!
Antioxidants such as selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and alpha lipoic acid help to restore glutathione levels, plus they boost immune function and support optimal health! Ensure you are getting plenty of citrus fruit, bell peppers, nuts and seeds (especially Brazil nuts for selenium!) and avocado in the diet!
Methylated B vitamins especially B6, Folate, B-12 and Biotin are essential to help the body produce glutathione! Consume food sources such as avocado, leafy greens and pasture raised animal products (especially organs!) to keep your stores up and consider a B Complex supplement if dealing with chronic stress!