What Foods Increase Glutathione Levels?

Glutathione, is a protein produced by your body’s cells, which helps cleanse and heal the cells in your body. Adequate levels of glutathione can help you stay healthy, diminish the effects of aging and may play a role in preventing cancer. Your body’s production of this important protein begins to decline as soon as you are past your teenage years. Glutathione supplements are ineffective because, like all proteins, they are broken down in the stomach during digestion. To stay healthy, it is better to eat foods which contain the chemicals your body needs to make its own glutathione. These chemicals are called precursors, and there are a number of foods in which they are found.

Fruits

Fruits that can increase your glutathione levels include avocado, grapefruit (pink and white), watermelon, cantaloupe, pear, banana, papaya, mango, apple, grapes, tomato, tomato juice, orange, orange juice, peach and strawberries. When possible, eat fruits in their raw, unprocessed state.

Vegetables

Vegetables that can increase your glutathione levels include acorn squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, beets, spinach, zucchini, onions, peas, carrots, turnip greens, cabbage, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, sweet red peppers, green bell peppers, black-eyed peas, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, corn and pinto beans. When possible, eat vegetables in their raw, unprocessed state.

Protein

Most sources of protein can increase your glutathione levels. These include chicken, beef, pork, tuna, cod, pollock and shrimp.

Grains

Grains and grain products that can increase your glutathione levels include enriched white rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, bran flakes, corn flakes and popcorn.

Dairy Products

Whey protein is an excellent food for increasing your glutathione levels. Choose whey products with no additives or preservatives for best results. Ricotta cheese and cottage cheese are also good food sources for glutathione precursors.

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Stephanie Crumley Hill is an award winning writer, former magazine editor and childbirth educator who writes about family and health. She homeschools her daughter, loves to knit and crochet, and shares paranormal novels with her husband, a fellow writer and martial arts expert.