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Healthy Aging: Glutathione

Glutathione is the body's most important and powerful antioxidant. Glutathione is produced by your body, and maintaining adequate levels of this antioxidant is incredibly important.

There are a number of reasons why your body's glutathione level may become depleted. Poor diet, chronic disease, stress, anxiety, and aging. This lack of glutathione in older adults appears to be a driving force in oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction that leads to age-related degeneration.

There are several ways you can help your body maintain adequate glutathione levels. Proper diet, aerobic and weight training exercise, sufficient sleep, near infrared sauna use, and limiting alcohol, all support your glutathione levels.

A glutathione-supportive diet consists of cruciferous vegetables, spinach, avocados, asparagus, garlic, onions, green tea, brown rice, curcumin, and whey protein.

Taking a quality vitamin C supplement may increase your glutathione levels. It appears vitamin C attacks free radicals first, thereby sparing glutathione. Plus, vitamin C helps reprocess glutathione by converting oxidized glutathione back to its active form.

Incorporating N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) into your diet will increase your glutathione levels, as NAC is necessary to make and replenish glutathione.

TRU Health carries both a quality vitamin C and NAC from the nutraceutical, supplement company Designs for Health.

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