All About Amino Acids

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Why glutathione is good for you

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifies harmful compounds in the liver, which is then excreted through bile.

Like carnitine, glutathione is not actually an amino acid, but because of its close relationships to amino acids, it is described here.

Glutathione is not an amino acid, but is actually a tri-peptide made up the amino acids glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine and is also known as gamma-glutamylcysteinylglycine or GSH.


Important glutathione facts


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Groups at risk of glutathione deficiency

Since glutathione can be maufactured in the body by a number of other amino acids, deficiency is very rare, but it can occur in the following individuals:

People in these groups at risk of glutathione deficiency should talk to a medical professional about aspartic acid supplementation BEFORE trying them.



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Symptoms of glutathione deficiency

None known.


Glutathione and health

Talk to a medical professional about glutathione supplements BEFORE taking them.


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Glutathione in food



Foods rich in cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine should be selected when wishing to increase your dietary intake of this nutrient.


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Glutathione recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA No information available
TOXIC LEVELS No information available


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Glutathione works best with


Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for glutathione

No information available.

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Last reviewed: 11 January 2007 || Last updated: 20 May 2008


NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of amino acid supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.

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