Glutathione

Glutathione is a powerful intra-cellular (meaning “inside cells”) anti-oxidant which helps to protect our cells from free radical damage caused by pollution and toxins. 

 

Intravenous Glutathione Therapy is a very helpful integrative therapy which can benefit someone who has an illness, especially a degenerative disease.  This therapy can also be good for someone who is about to undergo Dental amalgam removal or detoxification therapies of all types.

 

Glutathione is essential for humans to survive. It also helps to prevent more damage from occurring during stressful periods of detoxification or illness.   

 

In reproductive disorders, Glutathione plays an important role, helping to increase fertility not just in women but also in men.  Certain male reproductive problems can be caused by damage done to reproductive organs that can be greatly helped by Glutathione intake. 

 

Damaged tissues are chronically symptomatic no matter where they are.  Pain and inflammation are signs of tissue damage, which needs to be protected and rebuilt.  Glutathione protects the DNA contained within the cells which is our genetic blueprint.

When cells come under attack, the DNA can become damaged.  When the cell divides with damaged DNA the daughter cell may be diseased.  By protecting the DNA contained in each cell we can prevent genetic breakdown from chemicals, viruses and disease.

Studies have been done on Glutathione deficiency and it’s role in various Cancers, Autism, Heavy Metal toxicity and organ tissues.

 

Lung, Ovarian, Gastrointestinal cancers and glutathione have been studied very closely.

By using glutathione during cancer treatment

brain tissues can be protected from traditional cancer medication.  Lung cancer patients have been found to be deficient in glutathione, so by increasing intracellular antioxidants the tissue will be less susceptible to free radical damage.  Ovarian cancer patients have done very well when they begin to receive regular glutathione infusions, not only because they feel better but they also respond better to traditional cancer therapy. 

 

In the case of Heavy Metal toxicity, Glutathione plays a vital role in protecting tissues, especially the brain. Mercury toxicity leads to neurobehavioral deteriorations, increased oxidative stress and decreased intracellular levels of glutathione.

Autistic children have significantly decreased levels of reduced glutathione. Promising treatments of autism involve detoxification of mercury, and supplementation of glutathione.

 

Aug. 9, 2002 — Twice-daily infusion of glutathione for five days significantly improved macrocirculatory and microcirculatory parameters in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to the results of a randomized, double-blind trial reported in the August issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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