Glutathione is a non-essential amino acid, so the body can make enough of its own, but if a deficiency occurs, the following are the only people who may experience it:
- People on low protein diets
People who are on low protein diets may become deficient not just in glutathione but all of the amino acids (and especially the essential amino acids) if their protein intake is not sufficient.
- People with chronic disorders (asthma, rheumatoid arthritis)
People with chronic disorders such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis may have lowered levels of glutathione due to the effects of their condition and may require supplementation to delay progression.
- People with cystic fibrosis
People with cystic fibrosis may have lowered glutathione levels and may need supplementation to avoid further oxidative stress on their respiratory and gastrointestinal systems from their condition.
- Strict vegans and vegetarians
Some really strict vegans and vegetarians may become deficient not just in glutathione but all of the amino acids (and especially the essential amino acids) if they are not combining their foods correctly to get the correct balance of protein and amino acids.
Glutathione is a non-essential amino acid, so the body can make enough of its own, but deficiency can occur
Glutathione Deficiency Symptoms
Symptoms of glutathione deficiency include:
- Lack of balance and coordination
- Mental disorders
- Oxidative stress
People with any of these symptoms should seek advice from their doctor to determine if glutathione supplementation is required.