Could the fountain of youth be found in is this master antioxidant?
High glutathione levels are associated with longevity – in fact, healthy people over 100 years of age all have significantly higher levels of glutathione than the general population. Here are some of the age preserving functions of glutathione that may explain why it could be the anti-aging compound we all should be getting more of.
- Glutathione is known to preserve telomeres (tail end of genes that dictate how many times the cell can regenerate) a process intimately connected to longevity.
- Glutathione helps reduce oxidative stress and the damaging effects on your cells
- Glutathione is a powerful player in your immune system where it has been shown to stimulate natural killer cell activity.
- Glutathione plays an integral part in removing dangerous toxins from your body.
- Glutathione helps prevent brain and nerve damage
So what is glutathione and how can we get more of it?
Glutathione is make predominantly in your liver. This compound is a master antioxidant and detox accelerator that controls critical aspects of aging and disease prevention. Glutathione has been described as the “mother of all antioxidants” and it is true!! Not only is it a powerful antioxidant but it also helps to recycle other antioxidants in your body like vitamin C and E. Antioxidants are important because they help reduce oxidative stress in your body – and it is this oxidative stress that contributes significantly to the aging process and the progression of life-threatening diseases like cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.
Glutathione also helps your liver to detoxify toxins that you are exposed to on a daily basis like pesticides, heavy metals, alcohol, xenostrogens like BPA and other toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, we live in a toxic soup and cannot always avoid exposure to toxins so it is critical to get the toxins out of your body as quickly as possible, helping to reduce your toxic burden.
The more glutathione you have = enhanced removal of toxins from your body.
Unfortunately as we age your body’s ability to make this critical compound decreases significantly. By age 40 we are making 30% less and by 65, as much as 50% less … and this is in healthy individuals. Those with genetic inefficiencies like MTHFR gene mutations, their glutathione production can be reduced by 50% or more. It is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 people have this genetic variant!!
Medications may also deplete your body of glutathione. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), anti- seizure drugs, birth control pills and antidepressant medications are a few that rob you of vital glutathione. If you are on any of these medications it is especially important to supplement with effective glutathione.
Since glutathione is so beneficial and powerful and a deficiency can lead to premature aging and a host of diseases, how can you make sure you are getting enough?
Glutathione is made in the body from three amino acids; glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine. So it is important to ensure healthy levels of these amino acids are present in your diet. When taken in an oral supplement form, glutathione loses its super powers. The digestive process transforms glutathione into an unfavorable oxidized form that adds to your body’s oxidative stress burden. That’s why the most effective way to give this life-saving compound is intravenously (directly into the blood stream).
Trying to boost glutathione levels with N-acetylcysteine (NAC) can be somewhat useful for healthier people , because it relies on that person’s ability to take the raw materials and make glutathione. Liposomal glutathione has been shown to boost glutathione levels and impact health. At Glow we recommend using the liposomal form of Glutathione between IV infusions.
There are over 90,000 studies published on different aspects of glutathione that document the link between diseases and low glutathione levels. From accelerated aging to erectile dysfunction they all show depleted levels of glutathione in the body.
While glutathione is useful for virtually any disease or health challenge, it is particularly useful for debilitating neurological diseases like Parkinson’s. There are studies using IV glutathione that show its ability to improve Parkinson’s symptoms. In 2009 Dr. Perlmutter oversaw a human pilot study using IV glutathione for Parkinson’s Disease and reported significant improvement during one month of glutathione treatment. In addition to being effective, Dr. Perlmutter stated that “glutathione was safe and well tolerated”.
It has been observed that the glutathione levels in Lyme patients are depleted in an effort to reduce the damage and spread of the disease. IV glutathione treatment has become standard practice in integrative treatment plans to help reduce oxidative damage in these Lyme patient.
Considering that glutathione levels continue to decline as we age, and that cognitive impairment and other degenerative diseases increase with age, it would be wise to consider boosting your glutathione levels. At GLOW IV we administer glutathione intravenously using only the highest quality compounded glutathione (preservative free). We also have liposomal glutathione products that we recommend for use between infusions.
Keeping your glutathione levels up will:
- Promote longevity and slow down aging by protecting your telomeres
- Prevent brain and nerve damage and reduce your risk for Parkinson’s and Alzheimers
- Accelerate the removal of health-threatening toxins
- Protect you form DNA-damaging oxidative stress
- Power up your immune system
Ensure you maintain healthy glutathione levels and take charge of your aging process.
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