By now you have heard a whole lot about the benefits of antioxidants, right? A lot of buzz lately is about glutathione. Glutathione is the most important antioxidant naturally produced by the body. It prevents cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides. Increasing cellular glutathione can raise energy levels, strengthen the immune system, fight inflammation, detoxify the body, aid in cellular repair and slow down the aging process. Poor diet, consistent extreme exercise and stress deplete glutathione in the body.
Eating a diet rich and balanced in the full spectrum of nutrients provides vitamins and minerals that are important in boosting glutathione levels. Good to know: Glutathione helps the body to neutralize alcohol from the body so there is less cellular inflammation.
Bitter vegetables like artichoke, kale, arugula, broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, endive and radicchio contain glucosinolates which increases glutathione. Remember, it isn’t wise to take supplemental glutathione without the testing in advance. Typically, if testing indicates that you are low in glutathione levels, other vitamin and mineral deficiencies are also happening and should be addressed at the same time.