I’m no scientist, so I’m not going to delve too deply into glutathione, but I wanted to learn a little bit more about it after hearing about it on The Joe Rogan Experience. One of Joe’s guests–Dr. Mark Gordon–was talking on the podcast about glutathione and its effects on the body when consuming alcohol. This is what appealed to me about taking glutathione.
Glutathione is an antioxidant. It is produced naturally in the body and is not considered to be an essential nutrient, which means our bodies don’t need to obtain it through eating food. That being said, a wide range of factors can impact how much glutathione our bodies produce. A poor diet, stress, age, and medications can all affect how much glutathione our bodies create.
Glutathione is helpful because it will “grab” free radicals (created when the body is exposed to toxins, such as alcohol) and it will dispose of them naturally via our bodily functions. When our bodies are overwhelmed with too many toxins, our glutathione levels become depleted.
Dr. Mark Gordon said that taking glutathione will help reduce hangovers. Taking some after a night of drinking before you go to bed could reduce the effects of a hangover significantly. Someone who Dr. Gordon knows said they took glutathione after a night of drinking and actually found it difficult to get drunk again the next day.
Obviously there are a few things to be cautious of with glutathione. It shouldn’t be taken to sober you up quickly so you can drive. Don’t think about taking it a few hours before attempting to drive home. That’s not what it’s for and shouldn’t be used in that way, nor would I suggest driving at all after consuming any amount of alcohol.
Glutathione is a molecule that can benefit us in a number of ways, and reducing hangovers is just one of the positive effects it has on the body. If anyone has had any experience with glutathione, I’d be interested to hear your feedback, especially in regards to how well it worked to reduce your hangover after a night of drinking.
There are a number of glutathione supplements available on Amazon. I’ve heard that the powder form of it isn’t absorbed into the body that well, so if you’re looking to try this for yourself, I’d start with the capsule versions first.