Glutathione is an incredibly multi-applicational antioxidant produced in the cells of our body that, when used through dietary planning and consumption, has a lot of purpose in modern medicine and can help prevent and diminish many conditions and create a better quality of life.
Discovered in the 1920’s by Frederick G. Hopkins, this antioxidant largely consists of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine. In it’s younger years, the human body will produce higher levels of Glutathione, which is the body’s natural way of keeping normal balance and healthy, but as age ensues, the body’s natural levels decrease, and individuals then have to consider dietary and treatment changes in order to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
What happens when Glutathione has low levels in the human body?
Glutathione deficiency can be described in three levels: mild, moderate and severe. Mild glutathione deficiency will typically cause the body to destroy red blood cells, in addition individuals may release large amounts of a compound called 5-oxoproline in their urine - this is the body’s way of removing the unused compound. Moderate to severe cases of this deficiency can cause blood acidity issues, anemia, and even neurological conditions like seizures.
The main use of Glutathione in the body is to protect cells. It mainly protects from the natural damage caused by unstable oxygen-containing molecules which are the byproducts of energy production, which is why it has been labelled an antioxidant in the way that it protects the body from these harsh molecules.
What are the main benefits of using Glutathione?
With the way that Glutathione protects cells in the body, it’s benefits span from general health, all the way to the prevention and improvement of specific illnesses including Psoriasis. It has been known remove oxidative stress, remove cell damage in alcoholic/nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, it has been proven to improve insulin resistance in older people, it reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s, may help in the fight against autoimmune disease, can reduce the impact of uncontrolled diabetes, along with many other health benefits.
The average healthy patient can use this to promote overall health, but the benefits can really be seen in patients that are experiencing diseases caused by cellular malfunction and destruction.
Glutathione, when added amounts are needed in the body for treatment or to achieve certain levels, can be brought into the body through inhalation, digestion, and intravenously. Unfortunately, digestive methods typically cause up to 50%-90% of the antioxidant to be passed out of the body due to the regulatory processes that the body uses to assure that only healthy levels of nutrients are brought into the body. If a patient’s body has limitations or irregularities in their digestive tract, this can also cause the body to reject the added amounts of Glutathione consumed.
Intravenously, this antioxidant is most effectively consumed as it passes through the limitations that are present in the digestion process, and allows the patient to more immediately begin the process of increasing and stabilizing healthy levels.
Getting started with using Glutathione in your office does not need to be difficult. We offer a training course that will help you and your staff properly implement the use of this method, and teach you about other uses that can be used within the world of IV Nutritional Therapy. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to know more.