Effects and Dosage of Glutathione
What is glutathione?
- The problem with oral administration of glutathione in the form of tablets, capsules, or liquids is its bioavailability. Normally, 80% - 90% of the administered glutathione is already destroyed by the gastric juices in the stomach. This can be prevented by administration of liposomal glutathione, as the lipid-coated glutathione enters the small intestine intact. From there it is delivered directly to the blood stream which in turn supplies it to the cells. Since the liposomes have the same chemical structure as cell walls, they are immediately absorbed 100% and can fully unfold their protective effect.
- Glutathione or GSH—known as the mother of antioxidants—is a tripeptide present in the cells composed of three essential amino acids: glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine. By raising the glutathione levels, interesting effects in cancer therapy, AIDS and other serious immune disorders have been noted.
- Glutathione is a sulfur-containing albumen immensely important to the immune system. The more glutathione is present in a cell, the more cellular stress can be reduced, and thus, the risk of disease. According to opinions of many doctors, oxidative stress is the major cause of cancer, Alzheimer's and heart disease. Glutathione prevents the breakdown and disintegration of red blood cells (erythrocytes) in the cell membrane and supports their functionality. The task of erythrocytes is to transport oxygen to all tissues. They are therefore of fundamental importance for vitality, energy and health.
- Glutathione deficiency is directly related to autoimmune diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, but also to chronic herpes disease. According to findings, a lowered level of glutathione is present in all patients suffering from the above-mentioned diseases.
- During fasting cures, glutathione concentration in the liver cells decreases within 2 days to 30-40 % of the normal level. Essential substances contributing to a loss of glutathione in the liver are, for example, heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury, aflatoxin (a toxin present in mildew), pesticides, the painkiller paracetamol, and alcohol.
Glutathione and heavy metal toxicity
Glutathione can fight many diseases, among them consequences from heavy metal poisoning. Heavy metal poisoning is usually caused by environmental factors such as polluted water, but also by industrial factors, hobbies and habits that make up everyday living. The term heavy metal refers to the elements found on the latter part of periodic table of elements, but it also refers to their density.
The elements, cobalt, copper, iron, vanadium, molybdenum, zinc, and strontium are considered heavy metals. Furthermore, antimony, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, too are members of this group. The last two, together with the semimetal or metalloid called arsenic, are the ones most frequently involved in cases of heavy metal poisoning.
The daily dose considered to be required for prevention of effects resulting from heavy metal poisoning or stress is 500 to 800 mg GSH while therapists recommend between 2000 to 5000 mg per day as an acute treatment, according to circumstances.