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Glutithione – The Big Daddy Of Antioxidants!

What if I told you that one antioxidant in particular could not only boost our immune systems, help us to burn fat and build muscle, repair liver damage and protect us from disease? You’d want to know more. So what is this amazing antioxidant?

It’s called glutithione (glue-ta-thigh-own).

What Is Glutithione?

Glutithione is a simple water soluble molecule made up of three amino acids, cysteine, glycine and glutamine and is naturally produced within the body. It’s the body’s most important antioxidant, found in every one of our cells, protecting them from free radical damage. Cell damage caused by free radicals eventually leads to illness and aging, so the fact that the body can produce this antioxidant by itself is a pretty big deal.

But That’s Just The Beginning Of What It Does…

Glutithione is involved in every function of the body but it’s importance in the following are of particular interest:

  • Boosts The Immune System

As I mentioned, glutithione is found in every cell in the body. This includes the cells of the immune system. So boosting overall glutithione levels with also boost the immune system. We need strong immune systems to stay healthy and fight off illnesses and infections.

  • Detoxifies The Liver

Another major function of glutithione is it’s importance in detoxification of the liver. Toxins and chemicals stick to the glutithione molecule and are removed from the body. As one glutithione molecule is used the body produces another.

  • Recycles Antioxidants and Boosts Energy

Glutithione recycles antioxidants within the body including Vitamins C and E and itself! It also helps repair the mitochondia (the powerhouses of our cells) which are responsible for providing our cells with energy.

  • Shifts Metabolism From Fat Production To Muscle Development!

This really caught my attention. High levels of glutithione within the body reduce muscle damage and muscle recovery time, increasing both strength and endurance due to it’s anti inflammatory effect within the body.

Individuals in their physical and mental peaks have the highest levels of glutithione.

Levels Of Glutithione VS Age And Health

All of these great health benefits only occur when our levels of glutithione are high. Unfortunately many of us have much lower levels than we should. There are many factors that can effect glutithione production. Stress, too many toxins from diets high in heavily processed foods, pollution, medications and illness can all slow done glutithione production.

The highest levels of glutithione are found in healthy individuals. Young healthy people have the highest levels, but older people in good health still have relatively high levels too. Young people who are unhealthy or sick have lower levels of glutithione while sick elderly people who are hospitalized have the lowest levels.

Keeping yourself healthy and preventing disease and premature aging depends on keeping glutithione levels high.

How Can Glutithione Levels Be Increased?

Taking a glutithione capsule or tablet won’t help to boost glutithione levels within the body because they are digested too quickly. Injecting glutithione directly into the blood stream seems to be more effective, but who really wants to do that? For best results glutithione needs to be produced naturally within the body. Luckily there are several ways to help.


Eating a healthy and varied diet high in fresh unprocessed foods will help increase glutithione and decrease the toxic load placed on the body. As glutithione is a sulfur molecule including plenty of sulfur rich foods such as onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and watercress all  help boost glutithione.

Natural sweetener xylitol also increases glutithione levels. More on xylitol here


We all know exercising is good for us and here’s another reason. A combination of low intensity exercise like walking and higher intensity exercise like strength training also help increase glutithione levels. But avoid over training as it will have the opposite effect, depleting glutithione. Daily walks and strength training 3-4 times per week would be excellent.


Good quality whey powder is the closest thing to supplementing glutithione as it supplies the building blocks required by the body to produce it’s own glutithione. Amino acids l-cysteine, l-glycine and l-glutamine.

So there you have it, yet another reason why consistently eating healthy and exercising are so good for us.

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