What Is Glutathione?

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Often called the “master antioxidant,” glutathione is an essential antioxidant naturally present in every cell in the body. It also happens to be the most abundant antioxidant in our bodies.

It’s made up mainly of three amino acids:

  • glutamine
  • glycine
  • cysteine

It plays a powerful role in many important bodily functions in the body.

Functions of Glutathione

  • Builds DNA
  • Tissue Repair
  • Helps support immune function
  • Reduces free radicals in the body
  • Helps form sperm cells
  • Rebuilds essential vitamins (C and E)

Health Benefits of Glutathione

Healthy levels of glutathione positively affect vital bodily processes such as:

Where Can You Find It?

Glutathione naturally occurs in many foods but can also be taken in supplement form.

  1. Sulfur-Rich Foods (Nuts, Seeds, Grains, Legumes)
  2. foods rich in vitamin C (Citrus, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes)
  3. Allium-Rich Foods (Garlic, Onions, Chives, Scallions)
  4. Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale)
  5. Selenium-Rich Foods (Brazil nuts, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Whole grains)
  6. Supplements

Is Glutathione Safe? 

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A diet rich in glutathione does not pose any risks. However, it’s best to talk to your doctor before adding supplements to your diet. Glutathione may not be for everyone, and a professional can help you determine if it’s right for you.

The Takeaway

As you can see, glutathione is a super powerful antioxidant and has gained a lot of attention in the health community for a good reason. Boosting glutathione either through supplementation or by enriching your diet with glutathione-rich foods may promote many health benefits!

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