The Master Antioxidant: Glutathione


Take all the antioxidants you desire, but without ample glutathione, none of your dollars spent on those anti-aging nutrients will realize their full potential. The highest amounts of glutathione are found stored in the liver, kidneys and lining of the lungs. Glutathione is responsible for removing toxic components such as heavy metals, cancerous solvents and pesticides. These toxic body burdens originate in medications, non-organic products, foods and cigarettes.

Glutathione also protects against airbourne pollutants that can target the lungs. Plus, it bars the absorption of industrial chemicals in the lining of the intestines. Glutathione is at the foundation of white blood cell production as well as activation of T-cell lymphocytes – the cells that recognize, target and kill cancer cells.

Studies have shown that acute deficiencies of glutathione (50 percent of the world’s population is severely deficient) activate expression of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, auditory and visual problems as well as musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neuronal infections and diseases.

Bottom line? If deficient, you will have suppressed immunity, and disease rears its ugly head!

Ample glutathione also prompts ATP production (adenosine triphosphate). ATP creates energy for your cells. Without glutathione, energy is typically substandard. Glutathione also increases strength, endurance and muscle development. Three amino acids – cysteine, L-glutamic acid and L-glycine, known as a tri-peptides – bolsters glutathione’s action, helping your liver to recycle other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E.

My favorite glutathione product is made by Researched Nutritionals. Their Tri-Fortify is a liquid liposomal product, meaning the uptake is highly efficient as it passes the majority of the small intestine.

Glutathione is one of the most extensively studied chemicals of the human body. Studies focus on the decline in humans in relationship to aging and increased disease expression. Although we can find glutathione in many varied foods, processed foods, plus chemicals, herbicides, GMOs, fungicides, additives and coloring agents greatly reduce uptake and bio-availability. Taking zinc and whey isolates help to activate synthesis of glutathione. The minimum amount needed per day is 300 to 500 milligrams. If one is going through cancer treatment, it would be ideal to consider 800 or more milligrams per day in two divided doses.


About Deborah Arneson

Deborah Arneson holds a B.S. in Food Science, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed clinical nutritionist. A veteran in her field, she specializes in solving hormonal imbalances: increasing energy, focus, moods, eliminating anxiety, constipation and sleep problems though one on one nutrition counseling and Ayurvedic practices.