I would like to know how much glutathione I should take.
Q. Hi Terry, “I would like to know how much glutathione I should take. I am 71 years old and weigh about 150 lbs. If I get glutathione, does it need to be combined with other amino acids? Thanks!” — Katherine R., Tuscaloosa, AL
A. Dear Katherine, 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 this valuable compound in our body, is that glutathione loses its super powers with digestion. Glutathione becomes oxidized during digestion, the unfavorable form of glutathione, and then it adds to your body’s oxidative stress burden. It is not a matter of enteric coating, 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 150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione twice daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels. When you supplement with the reduced, active form of glutathione, there is no need to take other amino acids.
Terry . . . Naturally