Glutathione: The Natural Antioxidant
Glutathione (GSH) is a potent endogenous antioxidant that protects major organs from oxidant injury. It is clearly demonstrated in the medical literature that in many disease states there are very low glutathione levels. These occur as we age, as we accumulate toxins or take prescription drugs, etc.
Adequate glutathione levels are essential for immunity and a long life. Low glutathione levels predict a low energy state with other chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. It is considered to be the most potent detoxification system agent made by the body and can be synthesized in the body from the amino acids L-cysteine, L-glutamic acid, and glycine. Glutathione is a free radical scavenger and is extremely important in our bodies. I measure it routinely in my patients.
Oral glutathione unfortunately has a maximum and limited absorption, so it is no wonder that the potential of IV glutathione is remarkable since very high tissue levels can be achieved. Intravenous glutathione can reduce or eliminate tissue damage in patients with liver disease and toxicity. It has been shown to be beneficial when reducing the toxicity of different chemotherapeutic agents to normal cells.
In addition, intravenous glutathione has shown to improve pain-free walking distance in patients with peripheral obstructive arterial disease, reduce damage in early septic shock and reverse some adverse effects of diabetes.
Most notably, it improves anemia in patients with chronic renal failure and aids in the removal of mercury in patients with high mercury levels.
In summary, glutathione is a wonderful, wonderful antioxidant and is used for several disease states. It also ensures a long and healthy life.