If biochemistry were an action movie, antioxidants would be the crime fighting heroes, scavenging free radicals and making the world a healthier place. And glutathione (pronounced glue-ta-thigh-own), would no doubt be the superhero star. Glutathione is a substance naturally produced by our cells from amino acids that are found mainly in fruits and vegetables. This hardworking molecule acts as a major antioxidant, free radical scavenger, and an essential component of liver detoxification. In addition to protecting cells against the destructive effects of free radicals and detoxifying harmful substances such as drugs and environmental pollutants, it has also been studied for the treatment of a number of serious medical conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, heart disease, kidney disease, HIV and cancer.
Unfortunately increasing your glutathione levels is not as easy as popping a supplement pill. Scientific studies have shown that it does not absorb well from the gut. To get around this problem, Naturopathic Doctors frequently give therapeutic doses of glutathione intravenously. Intravenous (IV) administration is currently the most powerful way to offer protection to the body with a tool that is quick, safe, and effective.
Glutathione and Skin Lightening:
Your skin’s pigmentation (skin colour) occurs because the body produces melanin. Melanin is produced by the melanocytes in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Greater melanin production in the body contributes to darker skin. Glutathione works with your body to promote lighter skin by inhibiting the production of melanin and reducing the concentration of pigmentation in the skin, creating a lighter more even skin tone. For best results, vitamins, including vitamin C, are added to the IV drip along with minerals and amino acids. For best results, this therapy can be implemented in conjunction with our Beauty of Health Program.
Glutathione and Parkinson's Disease:
In Parkinson's disease, dopamine-producing neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra die off as a result of free radical-based damage. Researchers had also observed that a high proportion of Parkinson's patients are deficient in glutathione. Several clinical studies now clearly demonstrate that intravenous (IV) administration of glutathione significantly improves Parkinson's symptoms, and may very well retard progression of the disease.
Glutathione and Detoxification:
Our bodies are constantly detoxifying whether we realize it or not. Whenever a toxin is encountered, your cells work hard to break apart and neutralize it, before it can do damage. This leads the average antioxidant to have a short life span, since it sacrifices itself whenever it wipes out a free radical. Glutathione, however, is considered “the mother of all antioxidants” because all other antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E, rely on it to give them a second life. Glutathione carries enough extra energy to not only bring spent antioxidants back to life but also to recharge itself. However, when faced with chronic stress and toxicity, your body uses up more and more of your glutathione stores until it’s gone, leaving you with toxic overload. IV administration of glutathione can help replace lost stores quickly, safely and effectively. Works best when implemented as part of our comprehensive DetoxificationProgram.
Glutathione and Cancer:
Glutathione is a great tool that can be used in adjunctive treatments of cancer since this therapy can reduce the toxicity of some chemotherapy agents. In one study, the toxicity of cisplatin, a drug used in the treatment of tumors, was greatly reduced. It was also found not to interact with the effectiveness of the medication. The advantage of the combination of glutathione with high doses of cisplatin was demonstrated by the impressive response rate in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Depending on each individual's unique situation, this therapy may be implemented as part of our Natural Cancer Care Program.