The Beauty Bar: Glutathione

By Jolene Hart

By Jolene Hart Although its name may not ring a bell, glutathione could be among the most important antioxidants your body produces—and a key antiaging weapon. “Glutathione enhances the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and preserve vitamins C and E,” says David Perlmutter, MD, of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida.

But keeping glutathione levels high takes work, because the antioxidant depletes rapidly as it defends against inflammation, and your glutathione blood levels decrease about 17 percent between ages 40 and 60. An effective pure glutathione supplement remains “the brass ring” for scientists, says Perlmutter, but a few other natural supplements, such as turmeric, green tea extract, and sulforaphane (an extract of broccoli), turn on the genes that make glutathione.

Try: Source Naturals Broccoli Sprouts Extract. Two tablets deliver the sulforaphane benefits of 1 pound of fresh broccoli. A daily dose (up to 60 mg of sulforaphane) boosts glutathione production for up to 24 hours. $19, 60 tablets; sourcenaturals.com
Apply: Arcona Desert Mist. Spray onto clean skin each morning for a glutathione shield that guards against free radicals and daily environmental damage. $32, 1.17 oz; arcona.com