8 Natural Ways to Boost Your Glutathione Levels

Glutathione has proved to be one of the most important and abundant antioxidants in the human body. It lives inside each and every cell. Without it, our bodies begin to deteriorate and form disease quickly. Our bodies make this antioxidant, but it gets depleted easily if we aren’t taking care of ourselves properly.

Many experts believe that the vast majority of people are deficient in glutathione. The biggest reasons for decreased glutathione levels include chronic stress, environmental toxins, GMO consumption, chronic disease, antibiotic overuse and even aging.

You can supplement with glutathione daily, or you can try one of these ways to boost your glutathione levels naturally.

8 Natural Ways to Boost Glutathione Levels

1) Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant which helps to preserve many other nutrients in the body, including glutathione. Vitamin C works in two ways to help maintain glutathione levels. First, it acts as a glutathione sparing agent by attacking free radicals first. Then, vitamin C converts oxidized glutathione back to its original active form.

You can get vitamin C in many ways including by eating broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, orange juice, papaya and red and yellow bell peppers, to name a few.

2) Milk Thistle

Glutathione lives inside each and every cell in your body. If you want to maintain glutathione levels, then it’s necessary to protect all the cells in your body. Milk Thistle does exactly that. One study showed that milk thistle consumption protected the cells in the body of rodents from depleting glutathione levels and even helped stimulate an increase.

Plus, milk thistle is known to be a major protector of your liver. If you drink alcohol, your liver takes a beating which causes decreased glutathione levels. Milk thistle protects your liver and your glutathione levels. Or you could not drink alcohol.

3) Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables contain the important nutrient sulfur. Sulfur deficiency is associated with glutathione deficiency in the liver and lungs. To increase your sulfur intake, simply increase the amount of cruciferous vegetables you consume, like cauliflower, kale, broccoli, bok choy, brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips and radishes.

4) Turmeric Extract

You’ve likely heard that turmeric (or the active ingredient of curcumin) offers numerous health benefits. One less advertised benefit of concentrated turmeric extract consumption is increased glutathione levels. It’s important to note that taking turmeric in the extract form will give you the most benefit when it comes to glutathione levels.

5) Sleep

Lack of sleep is a major contributor to health problems across the board. One of the primary problems with lack of sleep is its contribution to oxidative stress. The more oxidative stress you have, the more your body has to use its own store of antioxidants, like glutathione, to maintain homeostasis.

Research shows that individuals with insomnia have decreased glutathione levels. Increasing your sleep helps significantly.

6) Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)

ALA is a necessary molecule found in the body. It serves as a vital part of cellular activity like energy production. Studies show that healthy amounts of ALA helps increase glutathione levels in the bloodstream.

7) Folate-Rich Foods

Folate-rich foods help to boost methylated nutrients in your body. These are vitamins like B6, B9, B12, and biotin. Methylated nutrients are important in glutathione production inside your body. You can get folate in the following foods: asparagus, beets, black-eyed peas, broccoli, liver, pinto beans, spinach and lentils.

8) Selenium-Rich Foods

Our bodies make glutathione, but to do so we require selenium, which acts as a cofactor in glutathione production. One study shows that healthy doses of selenium intake increase glutathione production.

If you eat meat, you can easily increase selenium intake by consuming beef, chicken, fish, or organ meats. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, then have no fear. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, as is brown rice.

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