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Glutathione IV

Glutathione is known as the Master Antioxidant, Its primary purpose is to neutralize free radicals by offering them an oxygen molecule and protecting cells from damage. Glutathione keeps cells healthy and functioning all over the body.

Glutathione is one of 4 amino acids (Including Glutathione, Levocarnitine, Taurine, and Tryptophan) that can be administered Intravenously by Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario.

What are the Glutathione IV indications?

  1. Chemotherapy Toxicity ( chemotherapy induced neuropathies)
  2. Liver Support
  3. Detoxification
  4. Anti-Aging
  5. Prevention of oxidative damage (post-stroke, pre-oncologic radiation)
  6. Neurological support in neurodegenerative illnesses
    1. For example, Parkinson’s Disease
  7. Chelates Pb, Hg, Cd, Ar
  8. Inhibits chemical carcinogenesis
  9. Helps maintain steady glutathione levels
    1. Low glutathione is commonly observed in wasting and negative nitrogen balance, as seen in cancer, HIV/AIDS, sepsis, trauma, burns, and athletic overtraining.
  10. Maintaining and recirculating other exogenous antioxidants such as vitamins C and E
  11. DNA synthesis and repair, protein synthesis, Prostaglandin Synthesis, amino acid transport, and enzyme activation
  12. It has a vital function in iron metabolism, anti-viral properties, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, etc.
  13. Deactivates tyrosinase leading to inhibition of melanin

Why is Glutathione IV often combined with other IV vitamins in the same visit?

Glutathione needs cofactors to facilitate its function and support the Glutathione level . They are: Vitamin B complex,Vitamin C ,Magnesium ,Zinc, N-Acetyl-Cysteine,L glutamine …etc

What is Glutathione Adverse effects

  1. Little reported , can be transient Irritability, lightheadedness, headache, dizziness, nausea

Is Glutathione IV Therapy Covered by Health Benefits Plans /Group Insurance?

The Initial IV assessment and subsequent IV visits can be covered under Naturopath , The cost of Injectables are not covered “Glutathione”


Glutathione for Skin Whitening

30 women aged 30 to 50 years in a randomized, double-blind, matched-pair, placebo-controlled clinical trial applied topical Glutathione to one side of the face and a placebo lotion to the other side twice daily for 10 weeks. The conclusion was Topical Glutathione is safe and effectively whitens the skin and improves skin condition in healthy women.

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Glutathione IV for Anti-Aging and Anti-Melanogenic Effects

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel, three-arm research for 12 weeks concluded that oral glutathione, 250 mg/d, effectively influences skin properties.
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Glutathione IV for Liver Health

ALT liver enzymes levels significantly decreased following treatment with glutathione for 4 months. In addition, triglycerides, non-esterified fatty acids, and ferritin levels also decreased with glutathione treatment. This pilot study demonstrates the potential therapeutic effects of glutathione in practical dose for patients with in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver diseaseNAFLD

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Glutathione IV for Parkinson’s Disease

  1. Hauser, R. A., Lyons, K. E., McClain, T., Carter, S., & Perlmutter, D. (2009). Randomized, double‐blind, pilot evaluation of intravenous glutathione in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 24(7), 979-983.
  2. Sechi, G., Deledda, M. G., Bua, G., Satta, W. M., Deiana, G. A., Pes, G. M., & Rosati, G. (1996). Reduced intravenous glutathione in the treatment of early Parkinson’s disease. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 20(7), 1159-1170.


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