How to Make Glutathione in the Body

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Dr. Thomas E. Levy explains how your body can make glutathione on its own and how supplements like n-acetyl cysteine can help optimize these levels.

Contributor(s): Levy, Thomas M.D., J.D.
Tags: supplements, glutathione
How to Make Glutathione in the Body
Interview with Dr. Thomas E. Levy
Interviewed by Tom Audette
December 11, 2009

Tom Audette: Going back to another one of the books that you’ve written, GSH: The Master Defender, which talks in great length about glutathione itself-

Dr. Thomas Levy: Right.

TA: -and as we mentioned earlier the fact that your body can make glutathione. There are certain precursors and things that you might want to consider having knowing about first of all and including some of those things in your diet so that up to a certain point your body will make glutathione, because as you say it is the master-

TL: Right.

TA: -antioxidant that we have in our system. Could you talk a little bit about that?

TL: You know, that’s correct. I mean, taking n-acetyl-cysteine, a good whey protein product, all of these things put the precursors into your body so that you’re better able to synthesize glutathione. And they have a whole host a very elegant studies showing that a greater intake of n-acetyl-cysteine, a great intake of whey protein not only positively affect glutathione levels in both your blood and inside your cells, but an also decreasing incidence of most of the chronic degenerative diseases, a decrease in symptomatology, asthma, cancer, you name it. There’s probably not a significant chronic degenerative disease known to man in which if you have that disease your body is still producing normal amounts of glutathione. Almost by definition, if you have the disease, your glutathione levels are lower. Same with vitamin C. If you have the disease, your levels of reduced or active vitamin C are lower. So it’s a real chicken egg thing; sometimes you can’t tell which came first, but you know if you get the antioxidant levels up by whatever mechanism, you’re going to at the very least decrease symptomatology. And I think ultimately that’s the goal of any conscientious doctor, is to make his patient, number one, feel better. Number two, once they have them feeling better, to have them live a little longer. And if you make your patient feel better and live longer, I think you’ve done your job as a physician.

TA: That is something that comes increasingly more important as our population ages.

TL: Absolutely.

TA: You don’t only want to live longer, but you want to be able to enjoy a quality of life. It’s not just to live longer for the sake of living longer and be sick for the last twenty years.

TL: Absolutely. That’s- nobody wants that. Whether they think they do or not, nobody wants longer life in the face of chronic pain and other disabling and debilitating symptoms, no.
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