The longevity and prevention of diseases have become frequent concerns. Because the life span has increased and the main motivation of many people is to extend the time even more and to make it quality.
We have several weapons to do this. So have you heard of one of them, glutathione?
If “what’s that?” If you say, don’t worry, I want to take you on a nice journey.
What is glutathione in this article? I will talk about the benefits of glutathione, glutathione therapy, natural glutathione enhancement methods, and answer your questions.
If you are ready we go!
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is a small molecule found naturally in the body consisting of three important amino acids (glutamate, cysteine, glycine).
In addition to being an important antioxidant, I will mention the benefits of glutathione, which helps your body against harmful chemicals, later in the article. So now I would go into more details
I just want you to know that.
Many diseases that you often hear about are caused by the intense experience of oxidative stress. They also now impossible to live clean. You are constantly exposed to chemicals and this causes hormonal disorders, early cancer, and many other problems.
One solution is to increase or supplement the natural glutathione levels in the body. In this regard, glutathione is so important that intracellular glutathione level is a marker of survival. In other words, if your glutathione stores are decreased, your life expectancy is calculated less statistically!
Benefits of Glutathione: what does it do?
Benefits of Glutathione: Although glutathione has been a known molecule for a long time, it is more recent to supplement it and to study its effects in-depth.
So there is a lot to discover, many things that we will see change with reinforcement.
I do not want to make you more curious. Let’s continue!
1. Antioxidant is effective
Metabolic events, the radiation you are exposed to, and many other harmful factors create molecules in your body called free oxygen radicals that damage cells.
If these molecules increase in excess, your body’s natural antioxidant mechanism cannot deactivate them. As a result, your cells are damaged and the risk of many diseases increases.
Glutathione comes into play at this point. Because it is a powerful antioxidant and neutralizes free oxygen radicals ( 3 ). In this way, it protects your body from harmful effects and prevents cells from being damaged.
2. It reduces inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s response to damage. In the short term, if this reaction becomes continuous while protective, it starts to damage your body.
To prevent this, I recommend the right diet and supplements for people with chronic inflammation. We now have another agent. Glutathione!
Because it suppresses molecules such as nuclear factor-kappa that are effective in the inflammation process. Supporting from the outside can reduce inflammation at this point and protect people from diseases.
Glutathione supplementation may work in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington, which are closely linked to inflammation and oxidative stress.
Although the researches are in their infancy, my expectation is quite high.
3. Can help children with autism
I’m aware, my autism is a completely different situation. Here I want to come from result to cause. Studies show that many autistic children have more inflammation than normal individuals and have low glutathione levels.
It was observed that metabolic problems were alleviated in children who were supplemented with a glutathione supplement that is relatively less effective and absorbed through the skin to reduce this inflammation seen afterward.
I know this alone does not cure. But it can help the process by correcting an important metabolic parameter. Unfortunately, I will repeat, the work is still experimental!
4. Helps prevent cancer
We discussed at the beginning of the article that oxidative stress can damage cell DNA and lead to cancer. I want to mention the details here.
Let’s start with the formation of cancer cells. Increasing glutathione levels, a powerful antioxidant, may prevent new cancer cells from forming. In fact, studies show that the incidence of oral and throat cancer is inversely related to the intracellular glutathione levels. I think that if enough research is done, similar data will be obtained for other cancers.
Glutathione also has an effect on cancer treatment. Because we need protective mechanisms in treatments that have destructive effects on the body such as chemotherapy. Studies show that glutathione can reduce the harmful effects of chemotherapy and support treatment.
I don’t want you to blindly go after glutathione here. Because oxidative stress that causes cancer also helps to kill cancer cells.
Therefore, if you cannot balance, you can harm yourself while trying to prevent cancer or support treatment. For this reason, a detailed assessment of the subject is very important.
In the clinic, I evaluate my patients with the protocol I prepared before glutathione and evaluate the intracellular reserves and transformation. My advice is that you have a similar evaluation under the supervision of a physician without taking glutathione.
5. May reduce the harmful effects of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance
We know that chronic stress and inflammation can cause insulin resistance. Likewise, it is another fact that inflammation can be triggered by insulin resistance and excessive insulin release in type 2 diabetes.
As you can see, there is a vicious circle here. What we need to do to break it is finding the key point. I’ll tell you before you ask. The key here is inflammation and oxidative stress.
Because reducing inflammation helps you feel less hungry in the long term and contribute to less nutrition and treatment.
This is where glutathione benefits. In type 2 diabetes, glutathione supplementation facilitates the treatment by helping to overcome insulin resistance, reduce inflammation due to excessive insulin release, and relieve oxidative load; It reduces nerve damage caused by high blood sugar.
6. Facilitates the treatment of fatty liver (non-alcoholic)
Increased obesity frequency, malnutrition, and frequent insulin resistance increase the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver. Sometimes lifestyle changes are not enough to deal with this problem.
As we think the treatment options are over, we remember another agent that can be used, glutathione! Studies show that glutathione supplementation prevents liver damage and regresses non-alcoholic fatty liver.
How and how much should glutathione supplements be used?
You can take glutathione in several ways. The first is to try to increase production by consuming the precursors used in making glutathione with nutrition. Glutathione precursors the most,
- It is found in grapefruit.
One serving of one of the foods above is enough to support glutathione production.
You can also increase glutathione synthesis with supplements.
- Alpha-lipoic acid,
It is one of the supplements that can help you in this regard.
The other supplement method will be to take ready-made glutathione from the outside.
At this point, there are several different types of supplements. Liposomal glutathione absorbed from the intestine and iv glutathione given intravenously.
Unfortunately, the type called liposomal glutathione and absorbed from the intestine does not exist in our country. IV glutathione given intravenously is performed only in a few places in our country, including my clinic. Therefore, it is not possible for you to reach glutathione treatment easily.
How safe is it?
In general, glutathione supplementation is considered safe. The important point here is the dose and duration of the supplement.
Since some points are dark, my advice is not to take long-term, high-dose glutathione supplements. Of course, I would like to remind you that the physician’s advice is essential here, regardless of the dose and duration.
We do not recommend the use of glutathione due to the lack of data during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Glutathione therapy: Where and how?
We know that the most effective supplement is direct intravenous glutathione. There are a few challenges at this point. The first problem is getting the drug from abroad. Another problem is that there is no clear protocol for the administration of glutathione, so it’s wrong.
Although several places in my clinic have their own protocols and practice, unfortunately, iv glutathione application is still in its infancy in our country.
If you want to have glutathione treatment, you can get detailed information by going to the Dr. Can appointment page.
You now know a lot about glutathione. Don’t forget to comment on anything you wonder about!