Ways to Improve GSH Levels
The body naturally produces and recycles glutathione, making it the most powerful endogenous antioxidant in the body. However a number of things inhibit our glutathione synthesis and recycling capabilities.
These include by are not limited to: age, environmental toxins, chemical exposure, heavy metal toxicity, certain pharmaceutical medications, illness, disease, infection, diet, genetics and lifestyle.
With an increasingly toxic world and nutrient depleted diet, we are more vulnerable than ever to infection and disease. This is partially responsible for the widespread glutathione deficiency; nearly everyone on the planet has lower than optimal GSH levels.
Due to this constant toxic bombardment and the fact that we naturally lose glutathione as we age, it makes it vital to optimize GSH levels to maintain good health throughout the aging process.
Certain foods can help promote glutathione synthesis by providing the body with the building blocks to produce its own glutathione, however it is extremely difficult to noticeable raise levels through diet alone. This is where dietary supplements containing L-glutathione as well as the precursors come into play. L-glutathione complexes can be extremely effective in raising and maintaining GSH levels, assuming they are using high quality forms of the desired nutrients.
That being said, here are a few ways to optimize your life and naturally raise glutathione levels through diet, exercise, lifestyle and supplementation.
An important piece of a healthy lifestyle. Exercising for at least 20 minutes each day can have profound health benefits including, a boosted immune function, improved detoxification and enhancing certain antioxidants. Glutathione is among the list of antioxidants that receive a boost after intense bouts of exercise. 
Limit Exposure to Toxins
When the body is exposed to toxins it is depleted of antioxidants, they are used up fighting the toxic invaders. Limiting your exposure to these harmful toxins can help to protect and fortify antioxidant levels.
Some toxins are impossible to avoid completely, such as air pollution or chemicals found in certain foods and beverages. However we are exposed to toxins constantly through beauty products, workplace environments, radiation, and certain pharmaceutical medications. All of which we can limit our exposure to.
Opt for naturally produced beauty products, soaps, shampoos and deodorants. Try to avoid or limit the time spent in toxic environments and avoid x-rays whenever possible.
Once again, it is impossible to avoid toxins altogether, but that’s what we have antioxidants for. By limiting your exposure to these toxins you can help give your body a fighting chance against the inevitable bombardment of toxins.
Far and away the best way to ensure optimal glutathione levels.
Many people still feel that orally supplementing glutathione is ineffective, but a recent study proves that this is simply not true. Supplementing with L-glutathione on a daily basis has been proven to effectively raise GSH serum levels.
Directly supplementing GSH levels with L-glutathione is effective on its own, but it is only one piece in the glutathione supplement puzzle. The other piece involves glutathione precursors that enhance the body’s ability to produce glutathione naturally and recycle oxidized glutathione efficiently. 
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is another glutathione boosting ingredient. Commonly used to help reduce inflammation, improve muscle regeneration, fight diabetes, prevent neurodegenerative conditions and even help improve weight loss results.
Chelation of heavy metals is another benefit of supporting ALA levels. Its ability to enhance GSH synthesis also helps the chelation process.
Able to cross the blood brain barrier (BBB), alpha lipoic acid can help detoxify the brain, chelating harmful heavy metals found in the brain tissue.
While ALA is mostly used for its weight loss and physical performance benefits, the cognitive health benefits are even more astounding. 
This trace element nutrient acts as a cofactor for the reduction of antioxidant enzymes, including glutathione.
Selenium helps the body convert oxidized glutathione back into the active reduced form. Playing a vital role in the methylation process as well as numerous other biological processes.
Supplementing with the correct form of selenium is important. Selenomethionine is twice as bioavailable as selenite, making it the best choice when supplementing selenium levels orally.
Achieving optimal selenium levels will help the body process oxidized glutathione, improving the concentration of reduced glutathione to oxidized glutathione. [15,16]
Certain B Vitamins are absolutely critical to the methylation process. Helping convert the oxidized glutathione back into reduced glutathione, reducing homocysteine levels and improving antioxidant activity in the body.
Vitamins B9 and B12 are exceptionally important to supplement correctly. Incorrect forms of these vitamins can either be ineffective or harmful depending on your genetics.
Folic acid (B9) is especially harmful for individuals who suffer from a MTHFR genetic dysfunction. In order to ensure proper absorption and use of B9, supplement in the form of L-methyltetrahydrofolate to avoid any potential absorption problems.
Vitamin B12 is best supplemented in the form of methylcobalamin. It is considered one of the safest ways to supplement B12.
Supplementing with high quality forms of Vitamin B can help improve the methylation cycle and improve the body’s ability to recycle GSH as well as other antioxidants. 
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