Glutathione has been dubbed as the body’s “master antioxidant” for good reason, as it’s primary role is to protect our cells from the damaging effects of free radicals that are generated on the daily from exposure to… life.
As such, it is considered to be one of the most important compounds that your body needs to stay healthy. From supporting the liver’s detoxification pathways to enhancing immune function and preventing against premature aging, this nutrient has you covered. But did you know that it is also beneficial for fertility?
While glutathione is a compound that the body can naturally produce and recycle, it is depleted rather easily through things like poor diet, stress, disease, pollution, toxic substances, and aging. And since each and every cell in our body requires it to function, it is always in high demand. When we are deficient in this vital nutrient many aspects of our health will begin to suffer, including our fertility.
But why? Well, if you think back to biology101 you will recall that our DNA serves as a blueprint for our future children. Without adequate levels of glutathione the cells that contain our DNA become more prone to harm, including both eggs and sperm. When such damage occurs the quality of these babymaking cells becomes lessened and as a result, the likelihood of acquiring a cellular defect is much greater. This may translate into troubles with conception and maintaining a pregnancy because of the way that it can impair any stage of the process, from egg/sperm maturation to fertilization, implantation, and early growth.
The good news is that it is not set in stone. The quality of our eggs/sperm can be enhanced in the 3-4 months leading up to their maturation with the use of antioxidants, including glutathione. So how can you ultimately give your levels a boost?
You have 3 main options to improve glutathione production, however, it is important to note that they vary in terms of their effectiveness.
N-acetyl-cysteine is the best fertility friendly glutathione precursor that can be given to help ultimately raise the level within your cells. While you can supplement with glutathione itself orally, it is not recommended because it is easily oxidized, degraded in the gut, and poorly absorbed. Liposomal products are available to bypass this problem, however their effectiveness remains controversial. Thus, the single best way to improve your glutathione status directly is through intravenous (IV) injection because it bypasses the digestive tract is absorbed at the highest rate.
Scientists and medical doctors have known for decades that Glutathione, which is produced by the body itself, is the primary protector and detoxifier of the cell. However, under oxidative stress conditions, the Glutathione levels become depleted. Also, from near the age of forty, the body’s ability to produce Glutathione decreases gradually, then more rapidly over time.
For years, medical scientists have looked for ways to effectively raise the levels of Glutathione. At one time, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) was the only supplement available to enhance the body’s supply of cysteine to enable the production of Glutathione. However, Dr. Herbert T. Nagasawa was able to develop a revolutionary molecule known as RiboCeine that effectively delivers cysteine to the cell to support the natural production of Glutathione–for which Max International was awarded a U.S. Patent.
RiboCeine is a unique molecule that combines ribose and cysteine, nutrients that occur naturally in our bodies. RiboCeine once ingested will be absorbed, enters the bloodstream and delivers cysteine and ribose to the cells, supporting glutathione production as well as providing ribose, an integral part of ATP, our cells’ natural fuel and source of energy. RiboCeine significantly outperformed other means of glutathione enhancement against which it has been tested. It has been the subject of twenty- two scientific studies funded by the National Institutes of Health or other scientific funding agencies and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Glutathione can be raised either directly by supplementing with glutathione itself or indirectly by providing the body with certain precursor nutrients in the diet or via supplementation. Since glutathione is made in the body from the amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamate, it only makes sense to ensure that these nutrients are in supply.
Consuming a diet rich in sulfur containing foods such as onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens will help to make this happen. In addition to making glutathione the body can also recycle it to use it over and over again. This process requires certain vitamin/minerals as cofactors, including selenium, zinc, magnesium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.
Eating a diet rich in colourful fruits, green leafy vegetables, eggs, meat, avocados, nuts/seeds, and legumes will assist you with obtaining such nutrients. If any of these are deficient it is essential to replete them through supplementation to ensure that your body can do its job efficiently.