Vitamin C and Glutathione

Vitamin C and Glutathione

Red Blood CellsAs we all know, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) supplements are not good for us, however, many people do not know why and I get a lot of questions about it. But, not many of us know that vitamin C also elevates red blood cell glutathione.

First a little background. For as long as I can remember ascorbic acid has been on the contraindicated list. It has two strikes against it. It enhances iron absorption. This is a problem for those with G6PD deficiency because we usually have too much of it and iron can be fatal if the level gets too high16. And ascorbic acid can become an oxidant and cause hemolysis if taken in too large of a dose35. When we get our vitamin C from our food, that won’t happen.

Our body also needs vitamin C. The same year the article about vitamin C causing hemolysis, another article was written stating that vitamin C raised glutathione33. They determined that vitamin C in doses up to 500 mg would raise the level of glutathione, but higher doses had little or no effect on glutathione levels.

The following foods are very high in vitamin C (listed from highest to lowest):

  • Red and Green hot chili peppers
  • Guavas
  • Bell peppers
  • Fresh Herbs (Thyme and Parsley)
  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts
  • Kiwi Fruits
  • Papayas
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries

Eating these and other vitamin C rich foods every day will give you more than the 500 mg maximum dose. By getting our vitamin C from our food, we get enough without going overboard and having it cause either iron buildup or hemolysis. As an added bonus, eating these foods will help build up our immune system so we can fight off the infections that also cause hemolysis.


Vitamin C and Glutathione was last modified: June 16th, 2013 by Dale Baker

About Dale Baker

Dale Baker is a computer programmer by profession. After retirement he started developing websites in his spare time. Because of health issues due to G6PD Deficiency and the lack of credible medical information, he developed to help bring others with this condition together to share their experiences. In 2013 over 250,000 people visited his website. He is a published writer and dedicated to helping people with this enzymopathy live a better life. His favorite hobby is cooking.

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