Glutathione is a compound naturally produced by the body, specifically the liver and it can also be found in fruits and vegetables like okra, spinach, avocados and asparagus.
Poor diet, stress, alcohol consumption, smoking and certain medications can deplete the body’s glutathione levels. Other inevitable factors that also affect glutathione are aging and trauma.
Natural ways to increase glutathione in the body include consuming sulfur-rich food (broccoli, cauliflower, kale), increasing vitamin C intake, incorporating turmeric extract into the diet, exercising regularly, minimizing or eliminating alcohol consumption and making sure to get enough sleep.
Glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant that protects the body by targeting and destroying reactive oxygen molecules and harmful free radicals. Aside from neutralizing harmful free radicals, it flushes away toxins, supports cell health and integrity, and has a big role in DNA and protein synthesis.
As an antioxidant, it consists of three amino acids— glutamine, cysteine and glycine. This trio of building blocks form glutathione-S-transferase (GST), a detoxification group that supports healthy immune function and energy metabolism, controls inflammation and protects the cells by removing unhealthy substances.
To supplement the body’s glutathione levels, it can be taken orally, particularly for the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, hepatitis, liver disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s, and other diseases that weaken the body’s defense system. It is also used to counter the effects of metal and drug poisoning. It can be inhaled when used for treating lung diseases.
It can also be administered intravenously, and it can be used as a lifelong supplement. It has an initial loading dose of 6 sessions and can be administered either twice or three times a week. After the first 6 sessions, it can be continued on a monthly basis.
Intravenous glutathione can help prevent anemia in kidney patients, prevent kidney problems after a heart bypass surgery, improve blood flow and minimize clotting in patients with atherosclerosis and help manage diabetes.
Other benefits include boosting energy, slowing down the aging process, reducing muscle and joint discomfort, detoxifying liver and cells, improving mental focus and quality of sleep, improving skin and supporting athletic performance and recovery.
Glutathione And Cancer
In cancer patients, intravenous glutathione can help prevent or minimize the adverse effects of chemotherapy if cancer patient chooses the route of conventional treatments. At The LifeCo Clinic, we focus on a holistic approach to treating cancer and avoid chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
One non-experimental study found that people who consumed a glutathione-rich diet had a lower risk of developing mouth cancer. By maintaining healthy levels of glutathione, patients can harness the body’s natural defenses against cancer.
Curcumin an active ingredient found in turmeric also helps in treatment of cancer.