GLUTATHIONE IV:

Enhance your energy levels and protect your skin and body with the body’s master antioxidant.

About This IV

3_GlutathioneIf you could enhance your energy, eliminate ugly skin blemishes, and protect your body from “rusting” with one simple treatment, wouldn’t you?

Of course. It’s a no brainer.

The good news is that you can do precisely this by enhancing your levels of glutathione (GSH)—the body’s “master antioxidant”. This super molecule neutralizes free-radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS), compounds that lead to a condition called oxidation or oxidative stress—basically your body’s form of rust. You can easily see this “rusting” damage if you have skin blemishes, but it can also be present invisibly in the rest of your body internally.

In ideal conditions the glutathione your body makes will help eliminate noxious molecules like free radicals and ROS without any problem. However, few of us are living in ideal conditions. Nutrient poor diets, excessive stress, too little exercise (or too much), toxic exposures, chronic illness and more drain our glutathione reserves. Replete your levels, optimize your health, protect your skin, and boost your energy with this IV.

Ingredients

Science

If you remember high school chemistry, you’ll recall that oxidation is the process that rusts iron and turns apples brown. The same thing happens in your body. As your mitochondria—the little powerhouses in your cells—use oxygen to create energy they produce a form of exhaust: free radicals and ROS that can damage your health.

If left unattended, these compounds can be extremely problematic as they may damage DNA and proteins, alter the function of your cell membranes, lead to cellular mutations, and they are especially taxing for your mitochondria which means when your system is overrun with free radicals and ROS your energy will plummet and health complications will ensue.

Evidence also suggests oxidative stress may contribute to chronic illness like cancer or heart disease.

Optimal levels of glutathione readily addresses these issues, so it’s easy to see why having enough is crucial.

But the importance of this master antioxidant doesn’t end there. It is also essential for detoxification. GSH attaches to substances like heavy metals and xenobiotics—molecules that need to be excreted—forming “conjugates” that make them easier to be eliminated. The conjugates are then excreted from the cell and eliminated by the liver into bile and the kidneys into urine.

Glutathione also takes part in the citric acid cycle, is important in the generation of cellular energy, and so much more. Suffice it to say, it’s one of your body’s most essential compounds and many of us don’t have enough.

This IV will replete your glutathione levels and may be especially beneficial in high stress states such as chronic illness, and when you suffer from autoimmune or neuro-inflammatory conditions like Parkisnon’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

As usual we recommend laboratory testing to get an accurate picture of your cellular antioxidant levels—glutathione in particular—so we can tailor treatment to your exact metabolic needs.

Glutathione (GSH): Glutathione along with the enzyme superoxide dismutase are the body’s “master” antioxidants. Glutathione is made up of three amino acids: glutamine, cysteine and glycine and has a sulfuric smell. In some individuals who are very sensitive to sulfuric compounds, glutathione administration should be administered very slowly and in smaller amounts with an initial test dose. However, most people can handle glutathione injections quite easily. Here are some of the indispensable functions of this crucial compound:(1-2)

  1. It neutralizes reactive oxygen species (ROS) which cause damage to cell membranes, DNA and proteins in the cell.
  2. It inactivates reactive nitrogen species (RNS) which cause damage to mitochondria and inhibit DNA synthesis.
  3. It deactivates dietary oxidants (from fried foods, for example).
  4. It conjugates and transforms cancer-causing xenobiotics into less toxic molecules which can be eliminated.
  5. It regulates cell death (apoptosis) which is much more likely to happen when glutathione levels are low.
  6. It regulates gene expression and may prevent the mutations leading to cancer cells.
  7. It is used up and is deficient in a wide variety of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases (such as Crohn’s) and neuro-degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis.

Inside each cell, glutathione fluctuates rapidly between the reduced (active) and the oxidated (inactive-GSSG) forms. In a 1997 study (3) of critically ill ICU patients it was shown that the ICU patients had about 60% lower levels of total and reduced (active) glutathione levels than a control group of patients.

In fact, the actual stress on the cells in our bodies can be measured by the comparing the ratio of reduced (active) to oxidized (inactive) glutathione (4).

How well we can use glutathione as individuals also depends on our cell’s ability to generate active glutathione and kick the used oxidized (inactive) glutathione out of cells and back into circulation.

Simply put, glutathione is one of the most important molecules in our bodies, and levels decrease as we age and battle illness.

References

  1. Jefferies H, Coster J, Khalil A, Bot J, McCauley RD, Hall JC. Glutathione. ANZ J Surg. 2003 Jul;73(7):517-22.
  2. Franco R, Schoneveld OJ, Pappa A, Panayiotidis MI. The central role of glutathione in the pathophysiology of human diseases. Arch Physiol Biochem. 2007 Oct-Dec;113(4-5):234-58.
  3. Hammarqvist, F, Luo, J.L, Cotgreave, I.A, Andersson, K.,, Wernerman, J. Skeletal muscle glutathione is depleted in critically ill patients. Critical care medicine, 25(1), 78-84.
  4. Wernerman, J, Luo, J.L, Hammarqvist, F. Glutathione status in critically-ill patients: possibility of modulation by antioxidants. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 58(03), 677-680.

Suggested Use

  • High Cellular and Metabolic Stress
  • Immune System Boost
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
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Testimonials

  • What a pleasant experience at IV for Life! My husband and I see Dr. Popa every 2 weeks for our Glutathione drip. We are both health conscious and decided, since we are not getting any younger, that we would do some preventative antioxidant treatments. Dr Popa is very kind and very professional. For our first visit he spent a lot of time explaining to us the whole procedure and what to expect after. The actual IV is painless especially after he uses the “freeze” spray on the skin before he inserts the needle. The drips only take 10 to 15 minutes tops and we feel great after!! We highly recommend Dr Popa and his IV for Life clinic in Orange County.

    Anna and Ephrahin F.
    Anna and Ephrahin F.