You probably have already heard about the powerful benefits of antioxidants. Antioxidants are part of the body’s natural healing system to rid the body of free radicals, unstable and harmful molecules that damage cells.
But did you know … one of the most powerful antioxidants naturally occurring in the body – and available by intravenous supplementation – is glutathione.
What Is Glutathione?
An incredible and naturally-occurring molecule that fights free radicals, glutathione, also known as GSH, replaces deficiencies brought on by chronic illnesses, other health conditions and aging.
Glutathione is thought to be one of the most powerful antioxidants available. It is produced by the liver and made up of three amino acids.
Gleaned from fruits, vegetables and meats, GSH is able to function on an intracellular level.
Glutathione is a tripeptide, composed of a chain of three amino acids. Amino acids represent building blocks that make up proteins in the body. The amino acids in glutathione are:
- Glutamic acid
Healthy proteins and amino acids are vital to keeping the body’s healing abilities optimal.
When a person cannot – or can no longer – produce enough glutathione naturally, a deficiency occurs. When the body doesn’t make enough GSH on its own, problems develop on a cellular level and foreign invaders overrun healthy cells.
As we age, we lose concentrations of glutathione. Without these higher amounts of GSH, the body is more susceptible to cellular damage, organ damage and the typical signs of aging.
A glutathione deficiency can manifest with these symptoms:
- Frequent infections
- Fatigue and lightheadedness
Part of our holistic care modality includes supplementing necessary components to aid in the body’s ability to heal itself. Especially important in the care of cancer and chronic disease, supplements like glutathione can be powerful.
What Causes Glutathione Deficiency?
Since glutathione benefits have become renowned, people wonder why there is not enough of this important molecule in the body. What causes a deficiency and what can be done?
Time-tested research has identified several causes of glutathione deficiency:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Environmental toxins
- Chronic stress
- Over-indulgence of alcohol
Sometimes, simply by aging, people lose glutathione density. Anxiety, stress and poor diet are also very common factors for people.
Glutathione Synthetase Deficiency
In some cases, glutathione deficiency is brought on by something more than what we are exposed to in everyday life. One condition is called glutathione synthetase deficiency.
Glutathione synthetase deficiency is a genetic metabolic disorder where people lack the molecule glutathione synthetase. In addition to the symptoms of typical glutathione deficiency, those with glutathione synthetase deficiency often suffer from:
- Loss of coordination
- Intellectual disability
- Metabolic acidosis (acid build up in the body)
Doctors can order tests to determine whether a patient’s symptoms point to a typical glutathione deficiency or a more serious glutathione synthetase deficiency.
Glutathione fights almost any disease or illness because it combats damaging particles.
With the increased popularity of antioxidants and glutathione, many people are asking what the best treatment is.
Replacing natural glutathione is not absorbed well by the body when taken in oral form. Direct intravenous injection is the preferred method for maximum absorption.
Over 100,000 peer-reviewed articles suggest glutathione injections are the optimum administration of the supplement.
The effects of intravenous glutathione can be amazing.
The scientific community has publicized the efficacy of GSH injections, recommending intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) injections. According to this scientific research, glutathione injections:
- Can be used as a treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
- Can improve blood flow and help prevent clotting for atherosclerosis patients
- Can treat infertility in men
- Can help prevent the poisonous side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients
Manifestations of glutathione deficiency can be nasty. There are certain foods you can eat to boost your body’s natural ability to produce glutathione.
To take a proactive approach to stave off and manage the chronic illnesses associated with this deficiency, we recommend the following guidelines:
- Sulfur-rich vegetables
- Selenium-filled foods
- A diet replete with vitamin C
- Meals including vitamin E
Some examples of sulfur-rich vegetables are: arugula, kale, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes, turnips and watercress.
Examples of selenium-rich foods include: Brazil nuts, halibut, yellowfin tuna, sardines, grass-fed beef, turkey, eggs, spinach and chicken.
Foods rich in vitamin C are: oranges, red pepper, kale, strawberries, kiwi, guava, green peppers, brussel sprouts, broccoli and grapefruit.
You can get vitamin E by consuming: sweet potatoes, avocadoes, butternut squash, olive oil, trout, almonds, sunflower seeds, palm oil and spinach.
More detailed nutritional information for those dealing with cancer and chronic illnesses can be found on our FAQs page.
Attaining Optimal Health with Glutathione Injections
Even healthy people will notice an improved mood, increased energy and better sleep with GSH injections. People who work out will experience a faster recovery period for muscles.
Glutathione is a special antioxidant because it is able to work within the cell. Getting IV or IM injections of this antioxidant has benefits that effect practically every system in the body and many different health conditions.
Mental Health Benefits
There are amazing mental health benefits to adding antioxidants to your body. Additionally, sub-optimal cognition and mental illnesses are greatly improved with the antioxidant glutathione.
There is overwhelming evidence that GSH can treat a number of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Some of the brain disorders and mental health conditions positively impacted by glutathione are:
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Certain forms of epilepsy
- Mild to moderate traumatic brain injury
The brain affects so much of who we are and how healthy we are. Supplements that cross the blood-brain barrier, like GHS, impact our health. Reducing inflammation in the brain has also been shown to improve depression and other brain disorders. Balancing these brain chemicals and activities with glutathione restores your body’s chance to heal itself again.
Holistic Care and Supplements
At Synergy Lifestyle Medicine, we strongly believe in activating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. That’s why we offer compassionate care in line with those beliefs.
Glutathione supplements do not cause any side effects for the average person and are just one of many alternative treatments for cancer and chronic disease care.
More information on the alternative and holistic therapies we offer can be viewed on our specialty treatments page.