Glutathione Fights Free Radicals
Many people know that Vitamin C and Vitamin E are important antioxidants and keep our cells healthy. However, few people know about the importance of glutathione which make these vitamins do their job keeping detoxifying our bodies.
Vitamin C and Vitamin A are antioxidants – chemicals that rid the body of toxins. However, because of exposure to radiation, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastics, nitrates and cigarette smoke, the body can form free.
Free Radicals Could Contribute to Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases
Free Radicals occur when chemical reactions break apart molecules to form new compounds. Sometimes this creates molecules with odd number electrons. A normal atom has even pairs of electrons. These atoms become ‘electron thieves’ and steal electrons from other molecules. These unstable atoms combine with other free radicals and can cause damage to our cells, especially to its DNA, mitochondria and membrane.Medical studies have shown that free radicals may be a major contributor to cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
Our body uses antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C to fight these free radicals by stabilizing them. However, little is know about glutathione’s role making them work and how it rids the liver and brain of free radicals.Glutathione itself is an important water-soluble antioxidant and free-radical scavenger. Glutathione works with vitamin C and vitamin E to reduce free radicals in the brain and liver. The removal of these toxins by Glutathione IV Therapy contributes to a healthier mind and body.
Our Glutathione Therapy
A treatment of Glutathione is administered intravenous in our clinic. This is administered by our qualified staff of RN’s and specialists and will not take up much of your time.
- Improved liver functions.
- Improved brain deoxidation
- Reduced free radicals in you body.
More information on Glutathione
Glutathione is a natural, sulfur-containing peptide (very small protein). The roles of glutathione in the body are numerous and varied.
Historically, most of the research interest has been in the role of glutathione in amino acid transport across cell membranes.Recently, biochemists have been excited by glutathione’s role as an antioxidant, detoxifier, and the possible reversal of malignant cells to healthy cells.Glutathione is formed by linking three amino acids together; glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine. Glutathione is highly soluble in water and largely absorbed intact with approximately 80 percent of an oral dose reaching the bloodstream within three hours.Glutathione, cysteine, and certain sulfur-containing proteins form an important “pool” of compounds that are responsible for maintaining the proper oxidation state in the body. They return certain oxidized compounds back to their normal forms.Glutathione itself is an important water-soluble antioxidant and free-radical scavenger.Glutathione is a key antioxidant factor, but there still is much more to the glutathione-antioxidant story.Glutathione teams with a selenium-containing enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, which directly deactivates free radicals, especially of the lipid peroxide type. This important enzyme does not function in the absence of glutathione.
Glutathione and Aging Research
Glutathione”s synergism with the antioxidant nutrients vitamin E and selenium attracted experimental interest in aging research. It is interesting to note that glutathione levels of aged cells are 20-30 percent lower than young cells. Research efforts are underway to attempt to discover if there is a cause and effect relationship.Glutathione has many roles and in none does it act alone. It is coenzyme in various enzymatic reactions. Glutathione (especially in the liver) binds with toxic chemicals in order to detoxify them.We are likely to be exposed to many of the pollutants glutathione detoxifies: radiation, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastics, nitrates, cigarette smoke, and birth control pills. Glutathione also detoxifies from heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury.In addition to glutathione”s direct chemical detoxifying reactions and its indirect detoxifying reactions teaming with glutathione peroxidase, it also improves the immune system”s ability to destroy bacteria and remove “debris”. It is also important in red and white blood cell formation and throughout the immune system. Special white blood cells called phagocytes have improved function and are less subject to chemical inhibition when well-nourished with glutathione.
Glutathione and Cancer
The detoxifying properties of glutathione, especially its ability to destroy highly carcinogenic epoxides and peroxides, has drawn early attention by those experimenting with cancer protection. But recent research is examining the possibility that glutathione may destroy liver cancer. An article was published in Science in 1981 that indicated glutathione destroyed aflatoxin-induced liver cancer in laboratory rats. Other scientists are now duplicating this research for confirmation. As Dr. A. Novi, a German scientist reported in Science, “the effect of glutathione, a harmless natural product, on (induced liver cancer) in rats strongly suggests that this antioxidant merits further investigation as a potential antitumor agent in humans.”
Glutathione, Nitric Oxide and Circulation
â€œGlutathione peroxidase increases the inhibitor effect of nitric oxide on platelet aggregation by reducing hydroperoxides. Moreover, other authors have shown that glutathione favorably influences the coronary circulation. In fact, the intracoronary infusion of reduced glutathione improves endothelial vasomotor response in subjects with coronary risk factors and potentiates the vasodilator effect of nitroglycerin.â€
Glutathione Effects and Liver and Brain Detoxification
Glutathione is one of the most important components of the liver’s detoxification system.Of special interest is the liver protection provided by glutathione against alcohol.While the ability to detoxify various chemicals to which we are exposed is different for each individual, those, whose detoxification pathways are blocked are at far greater risk to the brain damaging effects of a wide variety of toxins.Giving glutathione is one of the most effective techniques for enhancing liver and brain detoxification.The concept of enhancing cellular receptor sensitivity has become quite familiar in medicine today. Glutathione has the unique ability to make certain areas of the brain more sensitive to the neurotransmitter, called dopamine. Increasing of glutathione level decreases free radical and mitochondrial damage, which can lead to neuronal degeneration. Glutathione is a critically important brain chemical. It is clearly on of the most important brain antioxidants. That is, glutathione helps to preserve brain tissue by preventing damage from free radicals â€“ destructive chemicals formed by the normal processes of metabolism, toxic elements in the environment, and as a normal response of the body to challenges by infectious agents or other stresses.In addition to quenching dangerous free radicals, glutathione also acts to recycle vitamin C and vitamin E, which because of their antioxidant activity, also reduce free radicals in the brain.