Glutathione (GSH) is a tripeptide antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radicals & peroxides. It is found almost exclusively in the reduced form, since the enzyme that reverts it from the oxidized form (glutathione reductase) is active & becomes induced upon oxidative stress. Cellular toxicity is often measured by the ratio of reduced glutathione (GSH) to oxidized glutathione (GSSG). This means that the more reduced glutathione that is present in the body, the higher the oxidative stress.
Glutathione is not an essential nutrient & it is synthesized in the body from the amino acids L-Cysteine, L-Glutamic Acid & Glycine. Since Cysteine is not found in high levels in food, the synthesis of glutathione by the cells is limited. (Essential nutrients are those that must be obtained from food & are not produced in the body.) The most important synthesis of glutathione takes place in the liver.
Glutathione has many functions, of which a few are:
Oral supplementation with glutathione is ineffective because it is not well absorbed across the GI tract.
SAMe will raise plasma & liver glutathione concentrations, but supplement costs might deter this route. N-acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) has been shown to raise glutathione levels within the cells & is the primary supplement used for glutathione boosting. Alpha Lipoic Acid also has been shown to restore intercellular glutathione, along with milk thistle.
So, based on what we know about Glutathione, what supplements are available & used to boost Glutathione in the body? The primary supplements are:
In reviewing the product catalogs from companies that formulate supplements exclusively for physicians &
medical centers, the main supplement for boosting glutathione is NAC. Studies on using NAC have focused on doses of 400-600 mg twice a day & most companies produce supplements in the range of 500-900 mg per tab/cap. You will see from the products below that NAC sells for between $.28-.45 per 1,000 mg
TOTAL HEALTH stocks the following products for Glutathione Boosting:
It could be beneficial to add Alpha Lipoic Acid, or Milk Thistle (liver support) to your NAC regimen & various strengths are available as individual supplements. Combo formulas like LIVERX (60 vcaps @ 29.95) contain 60 servings of NAC (400mg) with 100 mg of Alpha Lipoic & BioSorb Silymarin at a cost of $1.25 per 1,000mg NAC. In comparison, MaxGXL (sold thru MLM) has 56 servings @ 375mg NAC at a cost of $3.29 per 1,000mg NAC.
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