Glutathione Therapy

What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is a molecule known as an antioxidant found in every cell in the body. Antioxidants are substances that reduce oxidative stress by fighting free radicals in the body. While most antioxidants are found in the foods you eat, glutathione is produced by your body.

What is Intravenous Glutathione?
It consists of three different amino acids, namely glutamine, cysteine, and glycine. Glutathione has a very high metabolic activity. There are several reasons why our body's glutathione levels go down, including poor diet, chronic illness, infection, and constant stress. Glutathione is a type of antioxidant that, like collagen protein, decreases the body's production as we age. Maintaining adequate levels of this antioxidant is incredibly important. Glutathione levels can be increased with foods containing Glutathione or orally with Glutathione supplements.

Glutathione has many important functions. Most important ones; to provide cell regeneration, to strengthen the immune system, to prevent liver and gall bladder fat, to break down and destroy free radicals.

It protects the body against influenza viruses and infections.

What are the benefits of glutathione?
Glutathione benefits may include:
 ​1. Antioxidant activity
Free radicals can contribute to aging and some diseases. Antioxidants help counteract free radicals and protect the body from their harmful effects.

Glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant, partly because high concentrations can be found in every cell in the body.

2. Preventing cancer progression
Some research shows that glutathione has a role in preventing cancer progression.

However, the same research shows that glutathione may make tumors less sensitive to chemotherapy, a common cancer treatment.

Determining the effects of glutathione on cancer will require more research.

3. Reduction of cell damage in liver disease
Hepatitis, alcohol abuse, and fatty liver disease all damage liver cells.

A small 2017 clinical trial concludes that glutathione may potentially help treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease due to its antioxidant properties and detoxification.

The researchers note that larger studies are needed to confirm this effect.

4. Increasing insulin sensitivity
Insulin resistance can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. Insulin production causes the body to move glucose (sugar) from the blood and into cells that use it for energy.

One small 2018 study indicates that people with insulin resistance tend to have particularly low glutathione levels, such as experiencing complications such as neuropathy or retinopathy. A 2013 study reaches similar conclusions.

5. Reducing the symptoms of Parkinson's disease
According to some research, there is evidence that maintaining glutathione levels can help with the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

The findings seem to support injected glutathione as a potential treatment, but there is little evidence for oral supplementation. More research is needed to support its use.

6. Reducing ulcerative colitis damage
Like other inflammatory diseases, ulcerative colitis has been associated with oxidative damage and stress.

Determining the effects of glutathione on ulcerative colitis will require more research in humans.

7. Treatment of autism spectrum disorders
There is some evidence that children with autism have lower glutathione levels than neurotypical children or children without autism.

In 2011, researchers found that oral glutathione supplements or injections may reduce some of the effects of autism. However, the team did not specifically look at the children's symptoms to see if there was any improvement, so more research is needed to determine this effect.