Supplement – Glutathione

Long-time readers will know I take a lot of supplements. I know some paleos (e.g., Dr Berry) aren’t fans and believe you can get all your nutrients from food. Nevertheless, health gurus like Bill Sardi and Dr Mercola convinced me long ago that supplements can have really good health benefits. Indeed, there are some things we simply don’t get enough of through diet. Vitamin D comes from the sun mainly. If you live at a high latitude, you simply won’t get enough sun in the winter. You need a good supplement or a tanning bed. I opt for the supplement. In addition, diabetics are much more vulnerable to oxidative damage brought on by inflammation. Where does the inflammation come from? Hyperglycaemia, which is to say high blood sugar. Anything that reduces my inflammation/oxidative stress is worth taking in my opinion, which dovetails nicely to glutathione (GSH).

Glutathione is an antioxidant produced by the body. It’s used in every cell and strengthens the immune system. A lack of glutathione can lead to a weakened immune system and higher cancer levels. The big-C is a sword of Damocles waiting to fall on diabetics who have poor blood control and inflammation. My mother died of cancer and it wasn’t pretty. Anything that gives me a better chance of dying of a massive heart attack at 80 is worth taking, as far as I’m concerned.

I also take it because I’m in my fifth decade. The older we get the less glutathione we produce. Moreover, diabetics can sometimes have difficulty producing glutathione at the same level as “normals.” Finally, one study suggests that GSH reduces the damage caused by high glucose levels in diabetics.

There is some evidence that oral supplements do not work well since GSH gets broken down in the digestive system. I go for liposomal glutathione to avoid this. A recent study demonstrated the “effectiveness of daily liposomal GSH administration at elevating stores of GSH and impacting the immune function and levels of oxidative stress.”

Fortunately, a paleo/keto diet will also help the body synthesise GSH. According to Dr Mercola “Allium vegetables, like garlic, onions, leeks and chives, as well as cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, have high amounts of sulfur-containing amino acids that are essential for glutathione production.” Grass fed meat and pastured eggs also contain sulfer-containing amino acids.

Conclusion

This one is a no-brainer for me. The benefits far outweigh the cost of this supplement. The side effects (e.g., flatulence and loose stools) are minimal, and I’ve never experienced them anyways. For more information, go here:

https://articles.mercola.com/vitamins-supplements/glutathione.aspx

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