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What is Glutathione? Your Body’s First Most Important Antioxidant

  • April 27, 2015

Though very few people are even aware of its existence, glutathione is actually an incredibly powerful antioxidant and your body’s first defense against innumerable toxins. Today, we’d like to talk about this lesser-known hero of the antioxidant world, a molecule that is capable of reducing the risk of cancer, dementia, heart disease, and so much more.

The Importance of Glutathione

Often called “the master antioxidant,” glutathione essentially vacuums toxins and free radicals from your body and protects your cells against future damage from a variety of sources. It bonds with toxins in your body and aids in the process of flushing them out before they can cause lasting damage to tissues and cells. Additional benefits include:

  • Anti-aging effects, including improved stamina and energy
  • Improves mitochondrial function
  • Neutralizes toxins throughout the body
  • Aids in alleviating inflammation
  • Boosts the immune system

As we age, our bodies gradually lose the ability to produce as much glutathione as they once did. From exercise to diet, there are ways you can mitigate this effect.

How to Boost Your Glutathione Levels

The good news is that your body is capable of producing its own supply of glutathione naturally. The not-so-good news is that it can be depleted, and many of us don’t have as much of it as others. Fortunately, there are natural, affordable ways of boosting the levels of glutathione in your body without resorting to unfounded “miracle drugs” or injections.

One of the easiest and most delicious ways to get more glutathione is eating a wide variety of organic, fresh produce on a daily basis. Vegetables that are rich in sulfur –including onions, garlic, and parsley – are especially beneficial. Indulge in fresh tomatoes, squash, and avocadoes to improve your glutathione levels significantly. Do remember that cooking your produce will considerably alter the food’s nutritional benefits; choose fresh produce whenever possible. You can also try incorporating non-denatured whey protein into your diet.

Glutathione stores are also depleted by chronic low-level stress, a problem that millions of Americans face daily. Working toward lowering your stress levels can be as simple as spending some extra time outside, reading, yoga, and even laughing with friends and family. We all know that diminishing stress in your life leads to a healthier mind and body, and the fact that it helps with glutathione levels is just one more reason to take that first healing step toward relaxation.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of glutathione and other vital antioxidants, simply contact our office in either Williamsport, PA or Collegeville, PA. Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his team look forward to helping you improve your overall health and wellness with all-natural, proven-effective methods in a way that suits your lifestyle.