So are there glutathione side effects that you should know about?
Before we get into that, recall that glutathione is your body’s main antioxidant and is created naturally by your body. It’s created using 3 amino acids - cysteine, glycine, glutamic acid.
So if our body is naturally creating glutathione, is it possible to have side effects from it? Unless you’re allergic to cysteine, glycine or glutamic acid, there really are no side effects of glutathione.
The only glutathione “side effects” include... being a powerful antioxidant, helps to increase energy while decreasing the effects of aging, aids in decreasing the effects of brain injury and brain disorders, prevention of cancer and replenishing the active form of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, just to name a few.
Not a bad list of “side effects” to be had with glutathione.
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Now that we know there really aren’t any glutathione side effects, it’s important that you’re getting at least 100mg to 200mg of glutathione per day. Whether it be from diet or from supplementation.
Those who are likely to be deficient especially need to add more glutathione in their diet.
You could be deficient if:
- Have a cold, the flu or an injury. During these ailments, free radicals are at higher levels than normal and your immune needs the glutathione to make more white blood cells to fight off the free radicals.
- Exposure to toxins. Toxins include air pollution, exhaust fumes and chemicals just to name a few. Glutathione’s job is to get rid of these toxins from your body. So the more exposure you have to toxins, the more glutathione is being used to eliminate toxins. What’s the problem in this? This causes problems because then there’s not enough to fight off free radicals.
- You’re an alcoholic. Chronic alcohol abuse greatly lowers the amount of glutathione in your lungs and leaves them vulnerable to damage from illness. Then again alcohol affects your immune system all together and causes a lot of problems for your body.
- Have a chronic disease (ie. asthma, rheumatoid arthritis). Your body needs the extra antioxidants and free radicals to boost your immune system. A shortage of glutathione makes your symptoms worse.
Another thing to consider is glutathione levels naturally drop as you get older. So for the elderly folk, it’s especially important for you. The higher your glutathione levels, the less likely you are to get diabetes, cataracts, heart disease, brain disorders, loss of energy and other problems associated with getting older.
Getting the recommended daily amount of glutathione can be difficult from food alone so this is why I recommend taking a glutathione supplement. They are extremely safe and you can take several grams at a time and still be okay.
Take your glutathione supplements with meals to get the most bang for your buck from them.