Glutathione is such a small molecule, only consisting of 3 amino acids, but yet is one of the most important antioxidants. It is normally produced by the body and is found in every cell in the body. Antioxidants are extremely important to good health because they neutralize free radicals, which can cause damage within the cell. This can be a cause of aging and immune dysfunction as well as many chronic disease processes including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease as well as many others.
Aged cells may contain 20-30% lower levels of glutathione than young cells. This may be due to toxic exposure from the environment including pollutants, medications, alcohol consumption, heavy metals or bacterial or viral infection. It is by far the most important detoxifier of the liver and the brain. Administration can prevent or reverse damage done to neuronal cells as well as preserves brain tissue by preventing damage from free radicals.
Glutathione has also been found to protect the liver from damage produced by alcohol consumption. This can help in prevention of “hangovers” or reduction of symptoms produced from poor detoxification mechanisms. Obviously doing your glutathione infusion prior to a wedding, big party or festival is much more beneficial than doing it after the fact but even post-party, glutathione can be helpful. It also is being utilized in addiction as it can make the brain more sensitive to a neurotransmitter called dopamine, the main neurotransmitter that is stimulated by addictive drugs, substances and behaviors.
Unfortunately, glutathione is not well absorbed orally. The way that we can get around this is by administering it intravenously. Of course, by administering the glutathione along with some of the nutrients involved in the same processes, such as Vitamin C, B vitamins and minerals, we can amplify the effects seen with glutathione alone. Doing treatments in this manner can also reduce the chances that you may experience a detox reaction which may include feelings of fatigue, malaise, headaches or nausea.
Intravenous services including glutathione can be done at any of my IV clinics, please contact the most convenient location to book your appointment in Calgary:
Bronze Baxx IV Drip Lounge 403-244-2299 ex 1 (IV only services)
Westbrook Momentum Health 403-454-1600
Creekside Momentum Health 403-239-6773
Frances Wang, ND
A naturopathic doctor and a mother who loves life, the outdoors and exercise.