Glutathione Supplements

Glutathione Supplements

Glutathione is our body's most important antioxidant as it has so many different jobs to do. Glutathione helps your body eliminate heavy metals (such as arsenic and mercury), chemicals (like formaldehyde and chlorine), environmental toxins (like mycotoxins) and internally made compounds (like hydrogen peroxide). 

Many believe that by taking only the supplement, NAC, they can make glutathione. This isn’t true. There are various other genes and compounds involved. A major problem thinking that NAC alone is sufficient to make glutathione is that mycotoxins from mold greatly reduce your body’s ability to make glutathione. Even with plenty of NAC on board, your body will not convert that to glutathione in the presence of mold. Why? Because of dirty genes.

In order for your body to produce glutathione, it must have sufficient cysteine, glycine, glutamine, magnesium and energy from ATP. Cysteine, the most important component of glutathione, is a sulfur compound which is found in cruciferous vegetables and eggs. If you don't eat these foods, supplement with NAC. Glycine is used up heavily by methylation so it's best to consume sufficient amounts in your diet from meat, fish, dairy and legumes. Glutamine is easily found in the diet and usually is in excessive amounts.

‘Poor Man’s Glutathione’ can be had from sprouting broccoli sprouts and radish sprouts together. Warning: these are going to smell up your house and taste very strong but definitely are nutritious! You can get these sprouts and sprouters from

In terms of our most effective glutathione supplements, it’s easily Optimal Liposomal Glutathione Plus. The backbone is glutathione protected inside a liposome designed to penetrate cell membranes and deliver the important package of glutathione right inside the cell.* This formulation also has added riboflavin to support turning the damaged glutathione back into good glutathione, added selenium to support glutathione turning hydrogen peroxide into harmless water, added molybdenum to support reduction of sulfites naturally occurring from sulfur-based supplements and PQQ to help reduce oxidative stress and protect glutathione.*

Prefer capsules? Then use Optimal Glutathione Plus as it contains all the other additional nutrients to support utilization and recycling of glutathione in an easy to swallow tiny capsule. This is especially useful for those who do not like the taste or smell of glutathione.

If you are already taking a quality multivitamin and multimineral, then you likely only need Optimal Liposomal Glutathione - without the other additional nutrients. 

Be sure to start with just a few drops of any of our liposomal glutathiones. Hold the drops in your mouth for about 20 seconds, then swallow. Chew gum or brush your teeth afterwards. It’s best to use glutathione when you’re experiencing a foggy head or after exposure to chemicals like exhaust, chlorine or formaldehyde. You should notice a clearer head pretty fast. If not, you may need more. If you feel good after taking it, great. Don’t take more until you get that foggy feeling again. Do not take glutathione if you feel great as it can make you feel not so great. Do take it before and after sauna, flying or driving in traffic. If you work with chemicals, then you should take it daily along with Liver Nutrients.

If glutathione makes you feel worse, stop using it. Start using Optimal Electrolyte, Optimal Molybdenum Drops and Magnesium Plus and PQQ Lozenge. These will help your body prepare itself for glutathione. Then retry using glutathione again but only use the Glutathione Plus forms and only do once a week or so. These instructions are just suggestions. Make sure to check with your health professional before adding any new supplement to your routine.

For more information about Glutathione, read the GST/GPX chapter in the book, Dirty Genes.