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Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant

Photo of Blueberry smoothieI am always looking for ways to support my system that make me feel and function better.

I’m not alone, right?

You guys…glutathione has been a game changer for me.

Glutathione is appropriately known as “the master antioxidant.”

It is a critical compound that protects our cells from oxidative damage and is literally THE MOST powerful antioxidant made in the body.

(yeah that’s right, your body makes the stuff)

It packs a ton of benefits, including:

  • Reduction of free radicals and oxidative stress
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Improves immunity and ability to fight infection
  • Helps in management of neurodegenerative disease
  • Helps manage spectrum disorders
  • Can aid in treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Improves skin health and can improve psoriasis
  • Helps prevent rapid aging

The problem is that due to our lifestyles, food choices, and environment, our levels of glutathione become depleted.

Depleted levels of glutathione can lead to a variety of health issues.

This antioxidant helps in detoxification pathways, so low levels lead to decreased ability to clear out nasty toxins like heavy metals.

It is also a critical factor in immunity, and less than optimal amounts can decrease the body’s ability to fight off invaders.

But most concerning about low levels are the damaging effects of oxidative stress left unchecked, which can lead to cellular mutations and the development of cancer down the road.

Some factors that can deplete levels of glutathione include:

  • A poor diet
  • Medications
  • Pollution
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Toxins

Many of these are unavoidable, so I recommend the following action steps to naturally increase your levels:

  • Eat foods that contain precursors to glutathione (grass fed meat, pastured eggs, onions, green onions, leeks, broccoli, greens like spinach, garlic, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, organ meats, and grass fed whey protein)
  • Look for high quality glutathione supplements, in a liposomal and acetylated form (DM me with questions about my favorite glutathione supplement)

What are you doing to reduce oxidation in your body?

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