My experience has been that glutathione is probably as essential as water and air, if not more. All the latest research is showing that almost every disease is associated with low glutathione levels. It also seems to be the strongest reason why we die: as we age, our glutathione levels keep going down over time, and the lack of glutathione is what makes us weaker and more susceptible to all kinds of diseases and health problems. Therefore, your whole diet and lifestyle should revolve around increasing your glutathione levels as much as possible, and eliminating things that can potentially deplete glutathione.
I have a theory that you can tell someone’s lot in life by looking at their glutathione levels. I personally strongly believe that, there most likely is a correlation between low glutathione and being in debt, in prison, in a mental institution, or something equally unfortunate. And if someone’s glutathione levels are higher than average, they’re much more likely to be “smart”, successful, and have less problems.
The body is supposed to produce glutathione on its own, however, with all the toxicity and shitty diets that are so prevalent these days, most people are not producing enough, if any, glutathione. Some people are even born with rock bottom glutathione and a diminished glutathione system. Several toxins, from heavy metals to fungus to pesticides, are passed through birth from the mother to the child, all of which affect and diminish our glutathione system before we’re even born. Low glutathione is one main reason why many people are born with so many disadvantages and mild or serious mental problems and keep struggling life, and I found it to be a HUGE determinant of one’s success in life.
I found that it is not really possible to significantly improve glutathione levels with diet alone. Taking glutathione is the most direct and powerful way to increase glutathione levels quicky and sustainably. I tried having the most intense, expensive and powerful diet that I can have, and I still didn’t experience a fraction of the benefits I experienced from taking glutathione as a supplement. Most glutathione supplements do not get absorbed by the body, however, only recently, a new form of supplemental glutathione that absorbs very well, has been made available. It’s called “liposomal glutathione.” I personally feel that liposomal glutathione is the most significant health breakthrough in the past 100 years, if not ever. My life literally changed after I started taking glutathione, and you’ll hear me talking over and over again about it. It really is the “nutrient of life”.
I have taken over 100 different supplements, herbs and superfoods, and liposomal glutathione has been one of the three most powerful supplements I have ever taken so far. I noticed a radical shift in my motivation and productivity from taking it, and I was able to remain motivated and work on projects for several hours without losing focus or getting bored, something that I always struggled with. When I take glutathione, I can keep going for hours. I also don’t get hungry or feel the need to eat as often when I take it.
Glutathione can be increased in other ways, mainly through detoxification, eliminating the things that deplete glutahione, and doing or taking things that increase glutathione. The biggest glutathione thief of all is toxicity: mostly heavy metals like mercury, and synthetic estrogens from chemicals and toxins in the environment. If you have a high level of toxins in your body, they are depleting you of glutathione. The best thing you can do to really get your glutathione levels up is: remove any heavy metals from your body, from dental fillings and otherwise, and then get the heavy metals out of your body through detoxification. Liposomal glutathione is an important and irreplaceable part of every detoxification program.
Another thing that depletes glutathione is a shitty diet: sugar, wheat products, conventional dairy products, and any foods that you may be allergic to for whatever reason, all will lower glutathione levels. High sugar in the diet can seriously deplete glutathione. According to this study, this study, and this study, glucose and fructose, two forms of sugar, significantly decrease glutathione:
“High-glucose (25 mmol/l) conditions reduced glutathione (GSH) concentrations in the human intestinal epithelial cell line, DLD-1. Addition of the antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid, resulted in the restoration of GSH concentrations to normal.”
“In the cells exposed to high glucose, the intracellular glutathione content decreased, although the NADPH content was unchanged. The rate of uptake of cystine, which is a rate-limiting precursor of the glutathione synthesis, decreased in the high glucose group compared with the control group. These decreases were shown to be dependent on glucose concentration. It was suggested that high glucose causes impairment of the function of the glutathione redox cycle in human vascular smooth muscle cells, resulting in reduced H2O2 scavenge activity.”
“Increased levels of plasma glucose, insulin, malondialdehyde, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and insulin resistance and decreased levels of glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase were found in rats on a high fructose diet.”
Sugar, be it “natural” sugar from fruits, honey, agave, or otherwise, can seriously affect glutathione levels. That’s why fruits are not really a health food, unlike what is commonly thought, and can actually potentially be damaging to one’s health and mental abilities, and that’s one reason why I recommend minimizing or completely eliminating sugar in the Superman Diet. Fruits and sugar wouldn’t have had as many negative effects a long time ago when we didn’t have mercury dental fillings, deficient diets, and so many toxins in the environment depleting our glutathione levels, but now, in this day & age, in order to stay ahead of the curve, fruits and sugar need to be out.
After that: chemicals and plastics: if you are using conventional toothpaste, conventional make-up products, shampoo, creams, etc., all of these directly affect and murder glutathione levels. They are not worth it. Watch the powerful documentary movie Bag It to really understand the effects of these products. There are now natural, 100% toxicity-free alternatives to everything. You no longer need, or have an excuse, to be using any more chemical/toxic shit.
Something that I found to be very interesting is that glutathione depletion reduces testosterone production, according to this study:
“Changes in the oxidant/antioxidant environment of aging Leydig cells have been shown to be correlated with the reduced ability of these cells to produce testosterone. With this in mind, we hypothesized that the experimental depletion of glutathione (GSH), an abundant Leydig cell intracellular antioxidant, might result in reduced testosterone production.”
“…The results of these studies, taken together, are consistent with the hypothesis that alteration in the oxidant/antioxidant environment may play a significant, causative role in the age-related reduced ability of Leydig cells to produce testosterone.”
And with lower testosterone, many health problems arise. Low levels of sex hormones, mainly testosterone in men, and progesterone in women, are a main reason behind the epidemics of gender neutrality (men becoming more feminine and women becoming more masculine), erectile dysfunction, lack of sex drive, and many other health problems common today. I can tell from my own experience that boosting my levels of glutathione has had a dramatic impact on my sexual health. Before I started taking glutathione, I would always go through a mild “crash” after orgasm/ejaculation, however after I started taking glutathione regularly, I started to notice that I no longer feel a crash anymore and my energy levels would remain unaffected. It is also interesting to me how glutathione, magnesium, alpha-lipoic acid, all influence each other and are closely linked to testosterone levels, because these four nutrients, taken as part of a heavy metal detoxification program, are what had the biggest impact on my sexual and mental health and my outlook on life.
There are foods and supplements that may help (but not necessarily) the body with producing more glutathione on its own. As far as diet goes, I had the most noticeable effects from eating very large amounts of high-sulfur foods like garlic, onions and ginger eaten raw, and I would say they are one of the best ways to increase the body’s glutathione production. Other foods that can help as well are broccoli sprouts, spirulina, chlorella, maca and raw egg yolks from organic, free-range or pasture-raised eggs.
Certain nutrients, taken supplementally or from the diet, can also aid in increasing the body’s glutathione production, especially magnesium, alpha-lipoic acid, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12. Magnesium oil so far has been the most powerful for me and I literally attribute most of my improvements in quality of life recently to it. R-alpha lipoic, as found by one of the studies above, is another one of the most effective supplements for increasing glutathione. It is one supplement that I like to always have around, and best of all, it is available in liposomal form. The supplement NAC has also been shown to help with increasing glutathione, and I personally noticed benefits from taking it, but it’s not nearly as powerful as liposomal glutathione. In fact I recently stumbled upon a study that shows that liposomal glutathione increases glutathione 1000 (one thousand) times more than NAC.
You’ll find many gurus and experts saying that whey protein increases glutathione. My feeling about whey protein is that it is an absolute waste of money. Whey protein is a heavily processed food, and the whole protein powder industry is very questionable and built on shaky grounds. It may, theoritically, increase glutathione, but I seriously doubt it will make any significant, long-term difference. If you want to take whey protein, go for colostrum instead. Colostrum is a complete food and has a far superior nutritional profile. There are very few whey protein products that are high quality and can be helpful, but I found that there are better replacements worth the money.
So, given what I just mentioned above, you can increase your glutathione levels by taking liposomal glutathione, eliminating anything that lowers glutathione, and adding foods and supplements that increase glutathione to your diet. According to the studies above, it can be concluded that a diet that’s low in sugar, high in foods that increase glutathione, and contains certain supplements like liposomal glutathione and magnesium, can dramatically boost glutathione levels.
The liposomal glutathione supplement that I personally use and recommend is the Lypricel liposomal GSH by LivOn Labs. I added a picture of it below. There are other quality products on the market but I found this to be the most convenient and cost-effective. It works very well and doesn’t have any garbage fillers in it which is great. It has 450mg per packet, which is the least amount anyone should take to notice an effect (I take up to 6 grams in a day and recommend working up to such high dosages slowly over time). Other supplements are similarly priced yet not as concentrated and only have 100-200 mg per serving which is not enough to produce a noticeable effect.
You can order it from Amazon, iHerb.com, or directly from LivOn Labs. I personally order from iHerb (you can find it on iHerb here) because they are fast and offer a decent discount for repeat customers. I strongly recommend them if you are outside the US, as they have an unheard-of-ly low international shipping cost (go with UPS, not DHL or USPS/airmail) and the package usually arrives to your doorstep in about 5 days which is amazing.
Below is a picture of the liposomal products I’m currently taking along with some of my favorite books (they didn’t want to take the picture alone). Liposomal R-ALA did not make it because it’s been out of stock at iHerb lately, sadly.
I also recommend watching the following video on glutathione by Dr. Oz & Mark Hyman. I’m not really recommending it because of Dr. Oz, but he explains it nicely in a way that’s easy to understand.
For the advanced fellas, I recommend watching the video below by Dr. Tim Guilford. It’s a long video and can get boring at times, but it’s loaded with valuable information. He recommends a different glutathione product which I haven’t tried yet.
Finally, if you enjoyed this article, I strongly recommend reading my other article on magnesium oil, which is equally cool and informative, especially because magnesium is critical for improving glutathione levels. I also recommend checking out the Detox page and the Diet page to learn more about detoxification and diet.