What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is a substance made from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. It acts as a powerful antioxidant in your body to help fight free radicals. To learn more about fighting free radicals read about them in this brief blog. Glutathione is produced by the liver and plays an important role in many body functions.
What is the importance of Glutathione to your body?
Glutathione plays important roles in antioxidant defense, nutrient metabolism, and regulation of cellular events. As we get older our natural glutathione levels in our body decrease which lowers our body’s natural protection to fight against free radicals and environmental toxins. This damage to our cells is what causes our body to deteriorate with aging. Antioxidant protection can slow the aging process and progression of damage caused by free radicals.
Glutathione deficiency contributes to oxidative stress, which plays a key role in aging and the pathogenesis of many diseases (including kwashiorkor, seizure, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, HIV, AIDS, cancer, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes).
How can you consume Glutathione?
Glutathione supplementation comes in many different forms including hard-pressed tablets, powder-filled capsules, Intramuscular injections and by means of IV infusion or IV push. The gold standard of any vitamin or mineral is through means of IV infusion or IV push as this allows for 100% bioavailability (usage) to your body. When we ingest capsules or tablet or even powder forms of supplements, this form needs to be ingested and processed through the gut before being available to our cells and which each layer of absorption we lose useable aspects of that supplement.
Although IV replacement is the best form of usage to our body, daily supplementation in between IV doses is equally important to maintain adequate levels of Glutathione. IV therapy should only be administered by a healthcare professional with proper IV training and extensive knowledge about Glutathione.
Supplementing with glutathione helps provide ample health benefits including liver health and detoxification, optimizes healthy cellular function, and strengthening and boosting antioxidant defense, increases immune response, decreases inflammation, and aids in wound healing.
In our Origin Wellness Co. practice we have found IV vitamin infusions comprised of Glutathione 600 mg, Zinc 7.5 mg, and Vitamin C 600 mg to the best power combination drip to fight against illness, prevent illness, and allow your body to heal and fight sickness naturally. We have had countless clients report near or complete resolution of viral symptoms within 24 hours of IV therapy including the before mentioned combination.
What are the side effects of Glutathione?
Like any other supplement, there are some side effects to take note of with Glutathione although side effects are rare and generally very mild.
Supplementing with any antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals is generally safe. The most common side effects are Gastrointestinal (GI) related and could include abdominal cramping, diarrhea and flatulence.
Taking Glutathione orally in tablet form may cause a foul taste in your mouth.
Glutathione injections could cause injection site redness and swelling.
If you think you are experiencing side effects or adverse effects of Glutathione supplementation of any kind, it is important to discuss this with your provider.
Summary and Key Take Aways
- Glutathione acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body to fight free radicals and enhance your body’s natural ability to fight infection.
- It is produced by the liver and plays an important role in many body functions and plays a key role in aging and the pathogenesis of many diseases such as Alzheimer’s, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, Diabetes, heart attacks, cancer, and strokes.
- There are many forms of Glutathione including oral supplements, IM injections, and IV Therapy options.
- There are some side effects to note but generally speaking, the risk of side effects is very low and overall deemed as safe to take.