Boost Glutathione Levels Naturally

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Glutathione:  The Master Anti-Oxidant:

The human body is under oxidative stress from a variety of sources at all times.  To combat this stress and damage the body utilizes anti-oxidants of all different varieties.  Glutathione (GSH) is a very special peptide molecule that provides the greatest anti-oxidant protection and recharges other anti-oxidants within the body.

Every cell in the body produces glutathione.  Many longevity scientists believe that the level of glutathione in our cells is predicative of how long we will live.  This is logical considering the wealth of essential bodily processes that glutathione plays a critical role in.

Glutathione has been coined with the term “master anti-oxidant” due to its essential role in maintaining exogenous anti-oxidants such as vitamin C & E in their active form.  Glutathione is like the cell’s security guard protecting the genetic equipment from outside attack.  It is estimated that each cell in the body withstands 10,000 hits by free radicals each day.  Glutathione disarms these free radicals before they wreak havoc and cleans up the oxidative stress related damage that has occurred.


Glutathione’s Role in Immunity and Detoxification:

Glutathione plays a significant role in immune function.  Studies have shown that glutathione strengthens T cells which are critical for modulating the immune system appropriately.  These are the cells that coordinate the attack against pathogenic bacteria, viruses, etc. while keeping tissue damage and auto-immune responses in check.  An overactive immune system can trigger allergies and auto-immune disease processes.

Glutathione fights against cellular toxins and works to eliminate carcinogens from the intracellular environment while healing damaged cells.  Glutathione is constantly in action protecting the body against disease, toxins, viruses, pollutants, radiation, drugs and oxidative stress.  When damage does occur, it immediately goes to work repairing the free radical damage.


Glutathione Protects the Brain:

If sufficient glutathione is not available, the toxins will overload the liver and lead to fat soluble toxins being stored in fatty tissues.  The central nervous system, breasts, & prostate are the most susceptible areas.  Many researchers credit the increase in neurological disease and cancer to depleted cellular glutathione.  The brain produces more free radicals than any other tissues and is therefore in need of more glutathione than any other region.

Levels of glutathione begin to decline with aging as the majority of individuals in our society become more toxic and deficient.  Additionally, our society has more environmental toxicity than ever before so there is a significant need for more glutathione production.  Unfortunately, our modern world diets are void of the necessary precursors for this critical agent.


Aging Declines Glutathione Production:

By age 20, scientists estimate that the average person loses glutathione at 8-12% per decade.  Increased health challenges from infection, poor diet, smoking, increased toxic load, medication usage, etc. can deplete these stores at a much faster rate.  Scientists estimate that a 30% reduction of glutathione is enough for cellular dysfunction to occur.

Studies have shown that adequate vitamin D is necessary for optimal glutathione production.  The vast majority of our society is extremely deficient in vitamin D.  Optimal vitamin D levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml.


Glutathione Precursers in the Diet:

Glutathione precursors such as glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine should naturally be consumed through our diet.  The best vegetable sources include avocados, onions, spinach, & asparagus.  Herbs such as turmeric have also been shown to boost glutathione content.   Unfortunately, vegetable sources are still very low in these critical amino acids.

The best food sources are through high quality, non-denatured animal products.  These include non-denatured grass-fed whey protein and cultured, raw grass-fed dairy products and raw, organic eggs.  These cultured, raw grass-fed dairy products are an incredibly good source of highly bioavailable amino acids and offer more cysteine than any other food source.

Sources For This Article Include: 

OptimumImmuneHealth       Wikipedia        PointofReturn



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14 Responses to Boost Glutathione Levels Naturally

  1. Clare Shinebourne July 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I have had a full thyroid blood test. I have high peroxidase (TPO) antibodies. How can I heal this naturally? Is this condition always due to pathogens? (virus,yeast,bacteria,parasite?) or other toxins? Or can something else be the cause?

    I understand about needing Vit D and glutathione for my immune system.

    Everything else in the test is OK.

    • admin July 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      Clare – this is a great question. I would recommend reading the article -Beat Hypothyroidism Naturally on this site.

  2. Christina July 24, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Where do we get the information for a Beyond Organic Health Coach please?

    Thank you!


  3. tullia October 8, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Dr. Jockers
    do you have a protocol to help with Parkinson disease?
    My husband..only 50 is not on medicines…looking for a much better alternative.
    thank you so much

  4. Allison Bledman April 16, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Greetings Dr. Jockers:

    My mom will be 93 in June 2013. She is healthy. Cleans , cooks, and is up and around. She has cataract in both eyes……the left is more severe. She does not want to have surgery even though the drs assured her that she would be ok.
    Please give me a natural recommendation that can help her to see a little better.


    • Dr. David Jockers April 16, 2013 at 10:09 am #


      I would recommend her supplement with Astaxanthin – 12mg daily. It will improve her vision, brain function and energy. You can find this on our products list on this website!

  5. Nancy April 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Do you have a brand of whey protein that you would recommend? I need help finding the best one. Thank you!

  6. lynne May 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Re: Glutathione

    I have a genetic inability to make glutathione. I have a healthy diet, but don’t think I get enough glutathione, as I have lots of health problems. I have taken a lipoceutical liquid glutathione for years but don’t know if it is helping. What do you recommend for supplementation?
    Thank you.

  7. Dr. David Jockers May 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Sorry to hear about this Lynne. I would do a lipoceutical liquid and you can get weekly glutathione infusions from some advanced health clinics. I know Progressive Medical does this in the Atlanta area

  8. Liz May 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I posted the link to this article on the Polymyositis Board online. I’ve read conflicting research that said the body cannot process glutathione orally — and then just the opposite. What is your take on this?

    Have you heard of Dr. Kevin Connors? He wrote a book on auto-immune disease called, “Help, My Body is Killing Me”. He is a believer and very knowledgeable. He states in his book that he puts all his auto-immune patients on this antioxidant.

    Your thoughts?

  9. Connie Reysag June 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I’m 47 yes.old and I’m a kidney transplant for 6 years now I would to know if I can use glutathione injections?

    • Dr. Jockers June 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

      Hey Connie,

      I am not an expert in glutathione injections. I would speak with an office that specializes in that about it. Blessings!

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