Are You Getting Enough Glutathione? Your Health Depends on It
If you search online or Google ‘glutathione’ you are going to get millions of results. From expert clinical articles to skin lightening creams, and nutritional supplements. It can be a little overwhelming when you just want to answer two questions:
- What is glutathione?
- Should I be taking a daily supplement that boosts my glutathione?
First, we’d like to start by stating that everyone does not need a glutathione supplement. People who are under the age of 40 enjoy the benefits of natural glutathione production at optimal levels in their own body. The only exception to this rule, are individuals who may have immune deficiencies, or chronic diseases like diabetes, hepatitis, cancer, H.I.V. and Parkinson’s Disease.
What happens after the age of 40? Your body be impaired by a number of factors related to age that reduce the amount of glutathione it can produce and recycle. Free radicals such as pollutants, heavy metals, and even dietary choices and impacts of artificial preservatives, hormones and antibiotics in meat can contribute to an increased burden on your cells.
These free radicals impact cellular performance in every area of the body, including the liver where most of your natural antioxidants (including glutathione) are produced. After the age of 40 (for most individuals) some extra maintenance is required daily, to help your body keep producing the antioxidants that impact every aspect of your health.
In this article we’re going to talk about the signs of glutathione deficiency, which you can discuss with your physician or primary care provider. We’ll also provide some information about Robert H. Keller, MD, MS, FACP, AAHIVS the researcher and formulator behind our patented supplement, the Original Glutathione Formula®.
The Warning Signs of a Glutathione Deficiency
When your body is running low on minerals, nutrients and antioxidants like glutathione it can start to send you some very subtle hints. Wouldn’t it be great if our bodies could just tell us directly what we are not getting enough of, and what we need to prioritize when it comes to dietary nutrition and supplements?
Your body may be already telling (or showing) you that certain deficiencies are running into a red-light zone, where they could start impacting your health in a negative way. The big problem is that we often miss these messages from our body; because they are disguised as other possible health or lifestyle issues that we have.
There are five primary signs that clinical health experts have identified, which may indicate you have a glutathione deficiency. Do you experience any of the following wellness issues?
- You Are Tired (All the Time)
You feel like you are always tired (even after you have been getting ample sleep). Between 7-8 hours of sleep is a healthy average for adults, and if you are enjoying enough rest but you still wake up feeling tired? It doesn’t make sense to you because you know you have healthy sleep habits. Yet still, every morning there you are, dragging yourself out of bed and wondering why you don’t have all that energy you used to enjoy at the start of every day.
- Joint and Muscle Pain
Aches and pains, or new inflammation in your joints that is not related to a recent strain or injury, could be a warning flag about low glutathione levels. This may that free radicals may be impeding the tissue repair functions you need to replace cartilage between your joints or retain muscle tissue and density.
Muscle wasting is associated with aging; it starts happening when your body’s ability to produce glutathione starts to wane as we get older.
- Foggy Brain and Problems with Alertness
Short-term memory problems, or a feeling of ‘foggy brain’. You may not feel as alert, awake and mentally agile as you once did. Before you chalk it up to just ‘getting older’ it is important to evaluate whether this symptom is related to nutrient and antioxidant deficiency instead.
- You Catch Every Cold That Is Going Around
Low Immunity. If you are a parent or grandparent, do you feel like every time the kids get sick that you are 100% guaranteed to get whatever virus or bacterial infection, they brought home from school? Especially around the holiday season, right? A healthy immune system starts at the cellular level, and free radicals (pollutants, heavy metals etc.) attach themselves to cells and impair their function. Think of free radicals as hitching a ride on healthy cells, and the burden of that makes it harder for every cell in your body to do its job. Including your digestive tract, where 70% of your immune system performance starts.
- Your Sleep Quality Has Declined
Poor sleep can be another sign of a glutathione and antioxidant deficiency. Did you know that there are five vitamin deficiencies that can prevent you from getting full regenerative rest? Those vitamins are:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
We would like to share an excellent resource article from Psychology Today, that reviews how each one of those vitamins can contribute to conditions like sleep apnea, your natural circadian rhythms and whether or not you achieve REM stage (deep) restorative sleep.
Can You Be Tested for Low Glutathione Levels?
We’re going to get a little technical in this part (so bear with us). The answer is yes; you can and should get tested for low glutathione levels as part of your annual physical and tests.
Did you know that some people actually have a hereditary condition that prevents their body from producing normal levels of glutathione and antioxidants?
A Glutathione synthetase deficiency is a genetic disorder related to the way energy is metabolised within the body. People who have this condition do not have enough of a molecule called glutathione synthetase, and they can also suffer from other conditions such as anemia and metabolic acidosis (a low pH or high acidity in the body).
Glutathione synthetase can be detected in infancy but for other people, it may not present as a condition until adulthood.
If I Take a Lot of Glutathione Every Day Will That Fix the Problem?
Unlike taking quality vitamins like vitamin D or B12, you cannot significantly increase your glutathione level by taking a glutathione supplement. Dr. Keller calculated once, that it would take several hundred capsules per day to marginally increase glutathione levels for up 1-2 days by straight supplementation. Dr. Keller stated that because of the digestive tract, as much as 80% of the benefit of taking glutathione as a supplement was lost. And he knew that wasn’t the solution, so he researched a different approach to optimizing antioxidants by providing strategic nutritional support to help the body make more glutathione.
Why was the Original Glutathione Formula® able to be patented? Because it was so much more than a nutritional supplement. The extracts were researched from Traditional Chinese Medicine; they are essential nutrient supports that we really don’t get enough of in our contemporary diets.
What Are the Benefits of Optimizing and Sustaining Your Glutathione Levels?
Whenever you start taking a new regimen of nutritional supplements, remember to talk to your doctor first, and consider taking a blood test to determine if any deficiencies exist. If your doctor feels you can benefit from daily nutritional supplementation, we’d like you to share the information with your practitioner, about our Original Glutathione Formula®.
To learn more about the research and clinical evidence behind the formulation of Dr. Keller’s Original Glutathione Formula®, we share a free downloadable e-book that he wrote, that documents all the benefits and explains how and why it works.
As you are working to raise your glutathione levels, remember that it takes time. Free radicals in your body also work against the absorption of beneficial extracts, vitamins and minerals and your cells need time to ‘clean up’ those free radicals. Taking OGF® every day can help get that process started.
Our customers have written reviews sharing their personal experience using the Original Glutathione Formula® every day. From help with inflammatory muscle aches and pains, to improved mood, energy and immunity. All aspects covered in the clinical research findings of Dr. Robert Keller.
Nutritional supplements and glutathione are not a cure or treatment for any health condition. But when you focus on restoring the level of antioxidants your body needs, you are strengthening your health at the cellular level.
Today more than ever before, with increased free radical sources including air pollution, heavy metals in food and water, lifestyle considerations such as smoking or the impacts of prescription medications and artificial preservatives, you can give your body a boost to increase your glutathione and antioxidant performance.