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Sun May 24 20:18:09 EDT 2009

Would there be a benefit to boost level of Glutathione ? What method would you suggest ? N-Acetyl-Cysteine supplements or the new product "MaxGXL".
Asked By: stephen892  

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2009-11-12 00:14:38.0

Hello,

Thanks for bringing your question to dLife.

Glutathione is peptide produced by the body. It act as an antioxidant to protect the cells from harmful oxidation.

Supplementing has been difficult, as research suggests that glutathione taken orally is not well absorbed across the GI tract. However, plasma and liver glutathione concentrations can be raised by oral administration of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe). Unfortunately, the Natural Standards reference on integrative medicine indicates:

Possibly Unsafe: When used in patients with diabetes due to the potential to reduce blood glucose. It is advisable to more closely monitor blood glucose levels

However, with dietary supplements it is often not clear what the optimal doses are to balance efficacy and safety. Preparation of products may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and from batch to batch within one manufacturer.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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