Everyone has heard of the term “antioxidant” and we most likely are thinking “berries and fruit carry antioxidants – right”? Yes, berries are rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress placed upon the body at the cellular level. Glutathione acts as the navy seal of our immune system – attacking and ridding the specific target (oxidative radicals) that cause damage to our cells. Have you ever felt that your body needs a “detox”? This is your answer!

In our modern day society – individuals are seeking optimal health to further improve the way they feel and how they perform in our competitive society. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant that is produced by the human body. It helps protect the body from oxidative stress – that is caused by the simple action that we all take for granted – BREATHING. I believe the simple act of breathing and being exposed to oxygen propels the aging cascade.

The process of aging has many hypotheses – but the leading hypothesis is caused by oxidative stress at the biological & cellular level. The best way to explain oxidative stress is like a banana, peeled open and exposed to the open air. The banana browns, softens, and actually becomes sweeter in taste. The browning is caused by oxygen, damaging the cellular structure of the banana – causing the banana to “Age”. This process also occurs within our bodies, browning our skin and increases the development of those unwanted “wrinkles”. Want to know more about glutathione to help mitigate the side effects of just living and breathing? I know I do.

What is Glutathione? 

Glutathione is the strongest antioxidant that is natural produced by your body. It binds up oxidative free radicals to produce anti-aging effects and improve detoxification. I won’t bore you with the biochemical pathways and science behind glutathione. Its a complex pathway that involves other enzymes and nutrients to create an abundance of this antioxidant to fight oxidative stress. Other key nutrients that are involved in this pathway are selenium, pyridoxine (B6), and methylcobalamin (B12).


What is the best route of administration? 

The best route of administration is Intravenous because the body readily absorbs glutathione and utilizes this antioxidant quite rapidly (30 minutes). Orally, the nutrient gets broken down by what’s called “first pass metabolism” basically meaning (stomach and liver). Before the nutrient ever hits your blood – the bioavailability of the nutrient is GONE. If you want rapid results with glutathione – receive an glutathione IV push!


What are the benefits of Glutathione? 

Detoxification – improves metabolic function

Skin – (improves tone, collagen production)

Anti-aging – decreases oxidative stress

Brain – improves neurochemistry (powerful treatment for parkinsons disease)

Autoimmune – promotes healthy immune function

Hormonal – provides optimal environment for hormone production


Glutathione and Optimal Health 

Optimal health is feeling fantastic day in and day out while your body functions at its highest level metabolically. Stress, inflammation, oxidative damage, toxins, chemicals, pesticides, GMO, plastics all damage our bodies at some capacity so achieving optimal health is quite difficult. With new advances in medicine and a better understanding of the biochemistry of our bodies, we now can give our bodies the necessary fuel to provide longevity in our lives. Glutathione is a one of those nutrients – prevents aging by reducing free radicals in our bodies (the aging process).


What are the side effects? 

Some common side effects of glutathione are the feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea or my favorite “I feel drunk”. This is due to the rapid detoxification that is occurring within the brain. Most individuals do not experience any side effects – but other common ones are – coldness and burning pain up the arm. To prevent this – the IV push of glutathione should be pushed slow or diluted with normal saline.


Where can I get Glutathione? 

The best place to get glutathione is from a medical clinic that specializes in IV therapy like Spark Health. OurNaturopathic Doctors at Spark are specially trained in nutrient IV therapies. Spark Health focuses mainly on optimizing health through the introduction of high quality IV nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Pop in and check us out in Solana Beach, California or visit us on line at www.MySparkHealth.com.


~The Spark Team

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