Comparing Glutathione Supplements
There are quite a few different glutathione supplements available, some with as few as 1 ingredient, others with dozens. This makes it very difficult to decide which glutathione supplement is best for you, and which ones really work.
We decided to use Max GXL as a standard for glutathione enhancing supplements because it is one of the most popular ones on the market.
Max GXL vs GSH Gold
|Ingredients||Max GXL||GSH Gold|
|Ingredients||Max GXL||GSH Gold|
|N Acetyl Cysteine||375 mg||500 mg|
|Acetyl L-Carnitine||X||100 mg|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid||75 mg||50 mg|
|CoQ10 (Ubiquinol)||X||15 mg|
|Milk Thistle Extract||?||50 mg|
|Vitamin C||250 mg||200 mg|
|Vitamin D||X||1000 IU|
|Vitamin E||X||50 IU|
|Vitamin K (mk-7)||100 mcg|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||X||1 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate)||X||20 mg|
|Vitamin B9 (Folate, 5-MTHF)||X||400 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)||X||400 mcg|
|Proprietary Blend||488 mg (Cordyceps, N-Acetyl-D-Glucosamine, Quercetin, Milk Thistle Extract)||X|
One important piece of the GSH Gold formula that really sets it apart from the rest, is the fact that they disclose each and every ingredient. They avoid using proprietary blends, which is refreshing and critically important in our opinion.
When discussing the efficacy of any glutathione supplement, there are a few key ingredients to keep your eye out for. These ingredients are paramount to directly enhancing glutathione levels, enhancing the body’s ability to produce its own glutathione, as well as ingredients that help recycle used up glutathione and restore it to its reduced form.
Glutathione is produced naturally by the body, it consists of three amino acids; L-Cysteine, L-Glutamic Acid and Glycine. The rate limiting factor for endogenous glutathione synthesis is L-Cysteine, meaning we need to increase our intake of L-Cysteine in order to effectively promote glutathione production. Both of the above formulas contain N Acetyl-L-Cysteine.
Directly boosting glutathione levels with L-Glutathione has long been a topic of much debate. Recently however this debate has been put to rest.
A recent study done on L-Glutathione has proven its ability to enhance the body’s glutathione levels when supplemented orally over a period of time.
Alpha Lipoic Acid and Milk Thistle Extract are both beneficial ingredients when it comes to promoting glutathione in the body. These are also found in both formulas.
The methylation cycle is the next step in promoting glutathione levels in the body, after directly with L-Glutathione and through the precursors. By promoting the methylation process, you are helping the body convert used up glutathione or oxidized glutathione back into its active or reduced state L-Glutathione.
Methylation boosting ingredients include the B vitamins, namely Folate, Methylcobalamin, Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate and Riboflavin, as well as Selenium and Magnesium.
Three Pathways of Glutathione Enhancement
By promoting your glutathione levels using these three distinct pathways, directly (L-Glutathione), with precursors (N Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid), and with methyl-boosting nutrients (B vitamins, Selenium), you can help ensure your glutathione levels are in balance.
Promoting glutathione levels in the body provides a myriad of health benefits. Primarily used as an immune boosting supplement, glutathione is thought to have a profound benefit for virtually every health condition we know of.
Choosing to supplement glutathione is a great step towards achieving optimal health, choosing the right glutathione supplement is the next most important step. So we hope this article makes your decision that much easier.