Inflammation plays a major role in brain health. According to Dr. David Perlmutter, a world-renowned neurologist, “it is the secret killer related to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.” One effective way to battle inflammation is with glutathione therapy. Glutathione is a major antioxidant produced by almost every cell in our body. It has many functions, some of which include detoxification, protecting cells from toxins, and maintaining metabolic and biochemical reactions.
The use of IV glutathione has been especially successful in Parkinson’s disease patients. It may help in reducing disease progression, since motor signs of Parkinson’s manifest when approximately 60%-80% of dopaminergic neurons have been destroyed. In advanced Parkinson’s, glutathione levels may drop to as low as 2%. Maintaining a higher level is important, since it is superior than other antioxidants in preventing dopaminergic toxicity. Dr. Perlmutter uses IV glutathione for his Parkinson’s patients and has noted profound improvements. Some of which include reduction in rigidity, increased mobility, improved speech, better mood, and decreased tremor.
Intravenous glutathione is more effective than taking a glutathione pill or liquid. Unfortunately, oral glutathione is not very stable. Stomach acid and enzymes break it down, rendering it useless.
The body requires a steady supply of glutathione to function normally. This means that it should be used on a consistent basis—weekly, monthly, or every few months—to optimize antioxidant systems in the brain and delay dopaminergic toxicity.
Glutathione is useful not only in Parkinson’s disease patients, but with other inflammatory conditions as well. Other conditions for which IV glutathione may be useful in include colitis, alcohol toxicity, heavy metal toxicity, and others.
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