Your cells want to make a super antioxidant.
They want to make one that combats inflammation, infections, stress, and toxins from your diet and environment.
They want to increase glutathione.
When blood levels of this “mother of antioxidants” are adequate, it benefits almost all body systems. It is extremely potent because it is within the cell itself.
Glutathione supports the gut, cardiovascular system, vision, and fat burning ability.
Your blood levels are likely not adequate.
In fact, our modern diets and lifestyles have caused a glutathione crisis.
Here’s what it is and how to increase glutathione.
Glutathione is a molecule made by every cell in the body. It is sulfur-containing and requires the amino acids L-glutamine, L-cysteine and L-glycine for its production.
It works as an antioxidant.
Specifically, glutathione protects fats from oxidation (this reduces plaque formation in the arteries), supports energy-producing mitochondria, boosts immunity, promotes optimal brain function, and other antioxidant activity.
As an immune component, glutathione protects against inflammation, toxins, free radicals, and pathogens.
Unfortunately, many factors impede glutathione production, including:
Our cells need sulfur-containing foods to increase glutathione (1). Sulfur is found in methionine and cysteine. These amino acids are abundant in fish, beef, and poultry.
Lesser amounts are found in greens, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, watercress, and mustard greens.
In fact, studies have shown that a diet with sulfur-rich vegetables may reduce oxidative stress and increase glutathione levels (2).
What’s more, allium sulfur-containing vegetables like garlic and onions can increase glutathione. (3).
Keep eating Keto Zone dinners with healthy proteins, greens, and fats.
Selenium is an important essential mineral. It is a glutathione cofactor, needed to increase glutathione.
Selenium is found in beef, chicken, fish, organ meats, cottage cheese, and Brazil nuts.
It can also be found in supplements.
One study showed a significant increase in glutathione with 200 mcg of selenium daily for three months (4).
Other studies have shown increases in hemodialysis patients(5).
One reason many experts believe modern glutathione levels are lower is due to the pasteurization of milk.
While it has proven to decrease harmful bacteria in mass produced milk, pasteurization also decreases the whey and glutathione-cofactors in milk.
A good Keto Zone alternative is to use Undenatured Whey. This whey is not processed at high heat, leaving more glutathione cofactors. In fact, there have been prescription undenatured whey products that had great results in increasing glutathione in cancer patients (6).
Vitamin C is a glutathione protector. Even antioxidants benefit from antioxidants.
Studies have shown that vitamin C can increase glutathione levels by dismantling free radicals before glutathione has to deal with them.
What’s more, vitamin C helps reactivate oxidized glutathione back to its active form.
Studies have shown that taking vitamin C supplements for 13 weeks can increase glutathione levels by up to 18% in white blood cells in healthy adults (8). It’s increased red blood cell glutathione by 47% (9).
You can find vitamin C in Keto Zone fruits like strawberries and vegetables like broccoli and tomatoes and Vitamin C supplements.
It’s difficult to find a food that’s more health-benefitting than turmeric. Here’s another reason:
Animal and lab studies have shown that consumption of turmeric and turmeric extract may increase glutathione levels (10).
It’s thought that the curcumin from turmeric increases the activity of enzymes that help increase glutathione.
To get enough, you’ll likely need to supplement turmeric. As an incredibly healthy spice, it doesn’t hurt to also add it to your diet.
Believe it or not, you need adequate sleep for optimal glutathione levels. It makes sense, your entire body, starting at the cellular level, depends on sleep to function its best.
One study has shown that those with insomnia had significantly lower glutathione levels (30).
What’s more, animal studies have supported this conclusion showing that sleep deprivation results in less glutathione (11).
Aim for 7-8 hours of good sleep each night. Improve sleep by reducing stress and worry before bed (pray instead), decrease “screen” light, and lighten your schedule.
An active lifestyle with regular exercise stimulates glutathione production.
In fact, research has shown that exercise can increase glutathione and other antioxidant levels.
In fact, it seems that a combination of cardio and small weights or body weight exercises is best for this result (12).
It doesn’t have to be a strict exercise routine, but one that gets your heart rate up and provides function weight-bearing activity.
Our modern, nutrient-depleted food supply and over-scheduled sleep-deprived busy lives are negatively impacting glutathione levels.
But, hope is not lost.
You can increase glutathione with a good Keto Zone diet and lifestyle changes. Increase glutathione-boosting foods and nutrients each day, get enough sleep, and stay active. Increase your glutathione!