I read that glutathione is important for the aging process.
Q. Dear Terry, “I read that glutathione is important for the aging process. I am a 70-year-old woman who is in good health, but am wondering if glutathione is something I should be taking?” — Susan T., Tuscaloosa, AL
A. Dear Susan, Glutathione is one of the most important compounds in your body. It is so crucial that your body makes its own, creating it from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. It is required for cellular defense, detoxification, and fighting the DNA-damaging effects of oxidative stress.
Ideally, our cells would be full of active glutathione. But that’s not always the case. Just when we need it the most, glutathione levels can drop. This is due to age, health challenges, environmental factors, genetics, or a combination of issues. By age 40, the majority of people are making 30% less glutathione, and by age 65, as much as 50% less – and that is in healthy individuals.
One of the trickiest parts about increasing the amount of glutathione with supplements is that during the digestive process the glutathione loses its super powers. When active glutathione becomes oxidized during digestion, it transforms into the unfavorable form of glutathione, and then it adds to your body’s oxidative stress burden. It is not a matter of enteric coating the supplement, or stomach acid – it is the digestive process itself that transforms glutathione into its unfavorable form.
Fortunately, research scientists in France have developed a way to keep glutathione stable and deliver it intact. This patented process combines glutathione with protective antioxidants, which allows it to significantly improve the ratio of active glutathione to oxidized glutathione in a way that other approaches can’t.
I recommend taking the reduced, active form of glutathione once or twice daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels.
Terry . . . Naturally