Glutathione IV Therapy
Glutathione is a unique nutrient synthesized from three amino acids (cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine). It is produced naturally and plays a vital role in three main functions : as an antioxidant, immune enhancer and detoxifier.
The GSH (Glutathione) antioxidant system is the body’s powerhouse for diffusing and disposing of free radicals that threaten cell, tissue and organ damage, thus slowing the approach of aging. Age-specific decreases are seen in all tissues, including the liver, kidney, heart, spleen and brain, which increases the risk of disease and impairment.
Blood glutathione concentrations in youth are 20 to 40% higher. Higher glutathione levels correspond to reduced effects of aging and better general health. Those with higher glutathione levels experience about one-third the rate of arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, circulatory difficulties and other maladies.
As we age, glutathione levels fall and we become increasingly susceptible to the toxic threats of many drugs and pollutants. A reduction in glutathione levels diminishes the body’s ability to detoxify poisons, including toxic doses of acetaminophen.
There is little doubt that cellular oxidative damage contributes to aging and the many diseases that accompany it. We also know that oxy-radicals, or free radicals, are highly destructive.
Glutathione is well recognized for:
How does glutathione help prevent cancers and other diseases?
Free radicals are pro-oxidants, a normal by-product of energy production and other cellular activities. As the cell’s major antioxidant, glutathione neutralizes the damaging potential of free radicals. Glutathione enhances the effect of other antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E and selenium, each of which plays its own particular role in the non-stop fight against free radicals.
Glutathione prevents DNA mutation, as well as repairing damaged DNA. It also contributes to the synthesis of new DNA.
As a potent detoxifier it neutralizes and facilitates elimination of many environmental carcinogens and mutagens, including heavy metals (such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic).
Glutathione is a crucial player in the immune system and is directly involved in the replication and growth of T-cell lymphocytes. The lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that targets specific disease agents and helps coordinate the body’s response to infection.
Orally, glutathione is generally found in its precursor form. Foods that contain the highest level of pre-formed glutathione include : avocado, cauliflower, parsley, potatoes, squash, okra, walnuts, oranges, beets, carrots, broccoli, asparagus and raw tomatoes.
Intravenous infusion of glutathione is the most bio-available to the system and enables the therapeutic effect more rapidly.