Why You Should Be Eating More Glutathione & How To Get It

Why You Should Be Eating More Glutathione & How To Get It

If you’re following a ketogenic diet, you may have heard of glutathione, a key antioxidant that works in our bodies to help detoxify and fight free radicals. What you may not know is how this powerful antioxidant can boost your overall health and why it is important to eat more of it.

How Glutathione Works

Glutathione reduces the oxidative stress in the body by eliminating free radicals and toxins. It also helps maintain vitamin C and E levels, which are both antioxidants themselves. As an antioxidant, glutathione helps reduce inflammation in the body, which can help prevent chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, and cancer.

Although our bodies naturally produce glutathione, there are ways to increase its production. Eating foods high in cysteine (an amino acid) can increase your body’s production of glutathione.

How To Get More Glutathione

  • Eggs contain a high amount of cysteine, an amino acid that helps the liver produce more glutathione. Uncooked eggs contain an enzyme inhibitor called avidin, which inhibits the body’s absorption of biotin, another nutrient needed for higher levels of glutathione production. So it is important to cook eggs if you are eating them for their cysteine content — cooked eggs have a much lower avidin content than raw eggs.
  • The avocado is a very well known superfood that contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. It also contains glutathione. So eating avocado helps to boost your body’s immunity and detoxify itself naturally.
  • Watermelon. This delicious fruit tastes great when eaten fresh during the summer months. Watermelon is high in vitamin C and beta-carotene which act as antioxidants to boost your health.
  • Other sources include garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, as well as meat (especially grass-fed beef), eggs, milk, legumes such as lentils and beans, fish (tuna), turmeric (curcumin), milk thistle (silymarin) and resveratrol.


Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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