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Glutathione

Master Antioxidant - Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

What is glutathione?

Glutathione is the most abundant anti-oxidant in the body. It is a tripeptide, made up of cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. It is the cystine part that donates the sulphur containing sulphydral group that is important in chelation. Glutathione is special in that it is fat soluble and water soluble, therefore it has anti-oxidant activity throughout the entire body.

What does glutathione do?

Being an anti-oxidant, glutathione quenches free radicals, thereby protecting healthy cells from damage.
Glutathione also acts as a chelator to bind and escort out of the body heavy metals that cause the free radical damage. Glutathione is an important part of the liver’s detoxification system so it helps to remove metabolic waste. It also has an important role in transporting amino acids into cells.

Why would I want glutathione?

Low levels of glutathione mean less protection from free radical damage and poor detoxification at the liver. Diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease flourish in a body without sufficient anti-oxidant protection. Whether it is for recovery or prevention, glutathione may be right for you.

What is the glutathione treatment protocol?

Our comprehensive intake includes an extensive medical history, a consultation with the doctor, and a physical exam. A health assessment is discussed and certain lab tests may be required prior to any glutathione therapy.

Once it has been established that glutathione would be a beneficial therapy for your health situation, a series of treatments are scheduled for one or more times per week.

Glutathione is poorly absorbed orally; it is best administered intravenously. The infusion takes just a few minutes. You will be seated comfortably in a reclining chair for the duration of the treatment.

Is there a value of glutathione in Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is thought to result from the loss of cells in the substantia nigra, a part of the brain. Glutathione can help and the effect is threefold. First, glutathione is a fat soluble antioxidant that has the ability to enter the brain and help protect thesubstantia nigra from further damage by free radicals.Second, glutathione is thought to increase the efficacy of dopamine at the dopamine receptor so symptoms may diminish. Third, glutathione helps lower levels of heavy metals that could further damage brain cells.

What about glutathione and multiple sclerosis?

Glutathione is also of help to people with multiple sclerosis, a disease involving the degeneration of the myelin sheaths surrounding nerve cells. The sheath both protects the cell and is essential for effective nerve conduction. It requires the anti-oxidant protection of glutathione. Damage may be caused by heavy metals or other contaminants that the body’s detoxification mechanisms must target. Glutathione chelates heavy metals and assists the livers ability to remove systemic contaminants.

How do I optimize the program?

Many people who undergo glutathione therapy also have a supplement regimen, exercise regularly and modify their diets. It makes sense to modify lifestyle to optimize health on as many levels as possible.

Some individuals will use oral supplementation with their intravenous glutathione to maximize the benefits. The doctor may recommend N-Acetyl Cystine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, phosphtidylserine, vitamin E, vitamin C, and milk thistle depending on an individuals specific situation.

Glutathione may benefit in conditions like:

ALS / PLS
Alzheimer’s disease
cancer
cerebral vascular disease
chronic fatigue syndrome
fibromyalgia
heavy metal toxicity
macular degeneration
memory / mental concentration
Parkinson’s disease
peripheral vascular disease
post-surgical vision loss
post polio syndrome
stroke
vascular dementia

Glutathione molecule