There’s a lot of confusion about glutathione online. Every time I google it, I get spammy pages repeating the same claims that may or may not be true. This is so frustrating, I’m taking it into my own hands, and sitting down now to clear it up for you here, now. So in this article, I want to do two things. First, I want to show the key reasons why glutathione is so powerful; and then secondly I want to clear up the question of what characteristics to look for to get you the best possible results.
Glutathione (also known as “GSH”), is the ultimate antioxidant found in every cell of your body. And it almost has too many benefits to list in just one sentence so here it goes:
- Natural detoxifier that supports liver health*
- Supports and strengthens the immune system*
- Provides powerful antioxidant protection from free radical damage*
- Protects cells from toxins and heavy metals*
- Critical for energy, brain focus and concentration*
- Fights oxidative stress for overall health and wellness*
- Promotes the health of tissues and organs*
- Replenishes the body’s primary defense system*
- Helps the body maintain optimal blood glutathione levels*
Source: The healthline.
Glutathione is actually produced naturally within your body, however levels can begin to dip with exposure to environmental pollutants, oxidative stress, the ingestion of chemicals from processed foods, smoke, or exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Moreover, if you’re suffering from illness of any kind, or even have a flu or cold, chances are your glutathione levels are lower than they should be. At the end of the day, whether you have a perfect health record or have experienced the misfortune of chronic or serious illness, supplementing with glutathione will help to keep this essential nutrient at adequate levels in your blood, which is absolutely essential to good health.
Here are the 3 main characteristics to look for when buying Glutathione that will help make certain you get a supplement that delivers the health & anti-aging benefits you’re seeking.
For starters, the unique characteristic that has the biggest impact on ANY vitamin or supplement is quite simply, its effectiveness. You can have the best ingredients in the world but if your body isn’t able to absorb them, you’re not getting much for your money (or your health). For this reason, liposomal glutathione is a superior choice when it comes to bioavailability. Why? Because liposomal technology functions to encapsulate this tripeptide composed of cysteine, glutamine, and glycine and deliver the glutathione directly into cells in the bloodstream. The glutathione molecule is quite fragile and if taken in traditional forms, can be destroyed in the digestive tract by stomach acids before it can be utilized by the body. By contrast, liposomal encapsulation protects the glutathione in little fat bubbles and allows the nutrients to pass directly through the intestine into the bloodstream, where it can be fully utilized. This yields a more bioavailable and effective formula. In fact, studies suggest that its effectiveness can be as high as the results achieved through Vitamin IV treatments. (1)
You should also make certain your glutathione is “reduced”, however most varieties sold in both pharmacies and online are. Scientifically, reduction is a process where oxygen is lost and hydrogen and electrons are gained, so reduced glutathione is missing an oxygen molecule but has an extra donor electron. In more simple terms, the GSH molecule needs to be in a reduced state so that it is available to neutralize free radicals by bonding it’s extra electron to the reactive oxygen species molecules ‘dangling’ free radical electron. (2)
Read the supplement facts panel of your glutathione. And read them carefully. It’s key to making sure you’re getting a high quality formula that is untainted by additives, preservatives, or sweeteners that can all but cancel out its powerful antioxidant and detoxifying benefits. First off, you want to make sure of is that your glutathione is from a non-GMO source and the label should clearly state that it doesn’t contain any ingredients you might be allergic to like gluten or soy, to name a couple. Many brands of liposomal glutathione are made from soy lecithin, and nearly all soy contains GMO’s. By contrast look for a brand made from non-GMO sunflower lecithin to ensure you’re getting the cleanest ingredients.
Secondly, you should be aware that Glutathione contains a high concentration of sulphur, which can give it a sulfuric smell and taste. For this reason many brands that manufacture Glutathione add sugar and artificial sweeteners to mask the taste. Don’t be fooled. Read the ingredients and avoid sweeteners like aspartame, or sucralose (often known as “Splenda”) which is 600 times sweeter than actual sugar and can act to reduce absorption and negatively affect gut-health.(3)
Pro-tip: You can mix your liposomal glutathione with your favorite juice to help mask the sulfuric taste and smell.
For the best of both worlds, we recommend Amandean’s Reduced Liposomal Glutathione that uses natural flavor extracts and Stevia to improve the palatability of Glutathione without the compromise of quality. Stevia is a plant-based all-natural sweetener that has none of the evil of sugars, including calories. Furthermore, Amandean’s glutathione uses a proprietary liposomal encapsulation process that helps to limit the natural sulfuric smell and taste of glutathione. The taste is drastically improved to the point that people even think it tastes good on its own.
So you found a Reduced Liposomal Glutathione with all-natural ingredients, but how has the product been made and where? Don’t choose a brand of glutathione based on the marketing hype that surrounds it. Rather, look for a brand that transparently tells you about how and where they make their product and what their customers have to say about it. The reviews or feedback from real customers that benefited will tell you a lot about the quality of the product, namely if it actually works!
Furthermore, if you have unanswered questions surrounding the manufacturing of Glutathione, simply ask customer service for clarification. For more serious health conditions or questions, always consult your physician beforehand.
As far as glutathione is concerned, you’ll also want to make sure that the product is manufactured at an FDA registered cGMP facility to ensure the safety and quality.
In summary, when it comes to Glutathione, formula, source and quality of ingredients all matter. Use this short checklist to help you find the the safest and most effective product, and of course, consider the Amandean brand a short-cut to ticking all these items off your list!
*FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
1. Glutathione!; Joseph Pizzorno, ND; 2014; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684116/
2. Types of Gluathione; Glutathione Pathway; 2018; http://glutathionepathway.com/types-of-glutathione/
3. Terry Talks Nutrition; Improving The Health Of America; https://www.terrytalksnutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Sucralose.pdf