Glutathione

Glutathione is a small protein produced naturally in our cells when certain required elements are present.  It functions both as an antioxidant and a detoxifier and is a major defense system against illness and aging.  Our glutathione level indicates our state of health and can predict longevity.  Although there are more than 99,000 published papers on the beneficial effects of glutathione replacement, it is still largely ignored by mainstream medicine.

glutathioneIncreasing intracellular glutathione levels has been shown to:

  • dramatically increase energy levels;
  • strengthen the immune system;
  • aids cell detoxification;
  • chelate heavy metals like mercury (i.e., bind to heavy metals, so that they can be removed from the body);
  • fights off the damage of free radicals on the cells;
  • slow down the aging process;
  • reduce inflammation or swelling;
  • improve athletic performance and recovery;
  • detoxify and improve liver function;
  • increase stamina and endurance;
  • improve memory and other mental functions;
  • improve vision;
  • improve heart and lung function;
  • aids muscle and joint recovery;
  • mood improvement;
  • improves quality of sleep;
  • improves the health of skin and decreases wrinkles;
  • eases anxiety; and
  • protects from degenerative diseases and reduces the chances of developing cancer (click here for a list of diseases and illnesses that are linked to low glutathione levels).

“Glutathione levels go down in every age group except one and that one are the people who reach a hundred years of age. Those people, interestingly, have glutathione levels that approximate those of a normal 30 to 40 year old.”
– Dr. Robert Keller

Glutathione levels decrease as a result of:

  • aging (your levels decrease by 10-15% every decade);
  • stress;
  • inflammation;
  • sun exposure;
  • athletic activities;
  • sleep deprivation; and
  • environmental toxins.

How do you increase your levels?

Increasing intracellular glutathione levels is typically a complicated process.  It can be taken intravenously, transdermally or through a nebulizer.  Note that supplementing directly with oral glutathione is generally not effective because studies have found that it does not survive the digestive process.  Furthermore, supplementing with oral glutathione can result in a yeast outbreak and gut imbalance.  Injections are only minimally useful, since glutathione cannot enter into the cells themselves.  It must be manufactured inside the cells (when the necessary components are available.) As Dr. Kartzinel explains, methyl B12 injections and supplementing with trimethylglycine (TMG) or dimethylglycine (DMG),  folic acid and N-acetyl-cysteine can increase glutathione levels.

An easy and effective way to increase glutathione levels:

Dr. Robert Keller’s Original Glutathione Formula is a 100% natural supplement that increases intracellular glutathione levels.  This supplement does not contain glutathione (which breaks down during the digestive process), but contains ingredients that stimulate the production of glutathione, including: vitamin C; N-Acetyl cysteine, L-glutamine, N Acetyl D-glucosamine, quercetin, milk thistle extract, alpha lipoic acid, cordyceps and conjugated linoleir acid.  Find out more about Dr. Keller’s OGF here.

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4 comments for “Glutathione

  1. September 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Generally oral glutathione supplementation is ineffective. However supplementing with Acetyl Glutathione allows for a much more bioavailable dose which is much more effective than traditional supplements. Also supplementing the precursors such as N acetylcysteine are great ways to promote endogenous production of this master antioxidant.

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