Unless you have spent time in the realm of integrative medicine or specifically researched supplementation for chronic disease, there is a very high probability that you have never heard of glutathione. It’s a shame really thought that glutathione isn’t more widely taught because when you begin to research it, it doesn’t take long to realize that there are many scholars who boast about the wonderful effects of it – some even call it “miraculous”!
Glutathione is a substance that is naturally made by the liver. It is primarily made of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine, and it is found in every cell in the body. It is extremely important for cellular health, and because of its many beneficial properties, it is usually either the backbone or an adjunct to most IV nutritional therapies.
When researching glutathione, it would seem like the lists of benefits are endless. Here are some bullet points for you…
- Glutathione is powerful – perhaps the most powerful – antioxidant, and it protects cells from damage from free radicals. (For more information on this see the last blog post titled “Free Radicals, Antioxidants, and Oxidative Stress”).
- It is a powerful regulator of other antioxidants. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E are less powerful without adequate amounts of glutathione to support them.
- It an excellent detoxification agent. Through direct conjugation, it helps remove toxic compounds, such as excess hormones, chemicals, environmental pollutants, and heavy metals, from the cell.
- Glutathione enhances the immune system by providing for the unobstructed multiplication of white blood cells and antibodies.
- It serves a fundamental role in metabolic and repair processes – most likely due to its antioxidant properties
- Glutathione is a natural anti-inflammatory.
There are also many, many studies regarding glutathione and its benefits for particular illnesses. These include, but are not limited to: insulin resistance and diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, fatty liver disease, psoriasis, autoimmune diseases, autism, respiratory illness, and peripheral artery disease. I would highly encourage anyone reading this who is wanting to address a specific concern to take the time to research further or call and make an appointment with one of our providers because it’s quite possible that glutathione could help you.
How to Receive Glutathione
Every system in our bodies is affected by glutathione thus maintaining adequate levels of it is incredibly important. Though our bodies make it naturally, our levels of glutathione decrease with age, poor nutrition, poor sleep, chronic illness, infection, environmental toxins, some medications, and stress. For this reason, we often have to make a conscious effort to keep our body’s glutathione at its optimum level. This can be done through nutrition (there are many foods that help increase your body’s natural ability to produce glutathione), high-quality sleep, exercise, and glutathione supplementation. Supplementation is most commonly done using oral or IV supplements, and because of its short half-life (meaning it is eliminated from your system pretty quickly) the best benefit is seen when it is given IV – frequently and consistently.
At Heart and Soul, we offer IV Glutathione supplementation as a stand-alone treatment or as an add-on to other many of our other IV nutritional therapies. If you are interested in glutathione treatments or finding out if glutathione supplementation could benefit you, please call our office! As always, we are here and eager to help! We hope you all have a blessed week!