Glutathione: Most Important Antioxidant Available to Man

WELLNESS--Glutathione is not a new supplement, but many people are confused as to what purpose it serves, and as to whether or not they should be taking it.  Glutathione is considered by many to be the most important antioxidant available to man. Antioxidants combat free radicals in the body, which are responsible for damaging our bodies’ cells. Besides its antioxidant qualities, it also helps to detoxify the liver and enhance the immune system. Taking glutathione also helps the body perform it’s own detoxification process.  


Studies have been performed proving that increases in blood glutathione levels increases the bodies natural killer t-cells. As we age the levels of glutathione seem to go down. This may be due to the aging process itself, but it there is also suspicion that it has more to do with the toxins that we are constantly exposed to. We are getting low levels of radiation every day, and the air we breath and the water we drink has toxins present. Glutathione helps the body clean up the cells assisting the mitochondria of each cell and therefore extending the life of that cell.   

Most experts agree that the best way to get glutathione is via IV. Some say that taking glutathione as a supplement is not effective, but there are companies that make glutathione that has more bioavailability. It is important that the supplement has N0Acetyl L-Cysteine as a primary ingredient as this is the compound that activates glutathione in the body. In addition to supplements there is evidence that people with healthier diets tend to have higher levels of glutathione. Foods like broccoli, asparagus, garlic and meat help to boost the body’s natural production of glutathione.   

Supplementing with glutathione is a crucial step to anyone’s health and wellness regimen. While all supplement companies are not created equal, so do your homework when looking for a good brand, and feel free to contact me if you need help finding a quality glutathione. If pregnant, check with your doctor before starting taking any supplements. 


(Christian Cristiano is an acupuncturist in LA, TV host of Wellness for Realists and writes on wellness regularly for CityWatch. Christian can be reached at 310.909.6956 twitter: @CristianoWFR)