Is there a way to get your glutathione levels tested?
Q. Dear Terry, “Is there a way to get your glutathione levels tested? I’ve never heard my doctor talk about glutathione, but I know it’s really important.” — Don B., Portland, OR
A. Dear Don, 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.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult and expensive to test glutathione levels. I think the best way to ensure proper glutathione levels is to take it on a regular basis.
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, which other approaches are unable to do.
I recommend taking the reduced, active form of glutathione once or twice daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels.
Terry . . . Naturally