Office of Dr. Charles E. Ahner
Integrative / Functional Medicine, Internal Medicine
IV GLUTATHIONE THERAPY
Glutathione is the body’s strongest internal, endogenous (meaning created by the body naturally) antioxidant. It is made up of three amino acids: glycine, glutamine, and cysteine. It is significantly more powerful than lipoic acid or vitamin C. Levels of glutathione have been shown to diminish substantially with age as well as with chronic illness and poor health.
What does glutathione do?
Glutathione protects cells from free radical damage and helps improve cellular function at all levels (including immune function, hormone levels, and mitochondrial function). As people get sick with chronic illness, glutathione levels go down. Maintaining adequate glutathione levels is not only critical for wellness, but also getting well from chronic disease.
Why intravenous administration?
It has always been questioned how well oral glutathione gets absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, most health professionals agree the best way is to give glutathione is intravenously to guarantee absorption. Using oral glutathione therapy is much less effective than intravenous therapy for treating chronic illness.
What conditions can be helped by intravenous glutathione?
Any condition associated with excessive oxidative stress, inflammation, and free radical damage, which includes most major conditions, could theoretically be helped by intravenous glutathione. Mitochondrial (cellular energy production) dysfunction is especially aided by glutathione. The best studied uses are for Parkinson’s disease and side effect reduction associated with conventional cancer treatments.
Other potential uses include conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, and Hypertension.
How is intravenous glutathione administered?
Typically 3,000mgs of glutathione are administered intravenously by moderately fast IV push. The faster the level of glutathione rises in the blood, the greater the penetration into the brain. Frequency of administration is one to three times per week for four to eight weeks.
Treatment thereafter depends on response to therapy. Glutathione is frequently piggybacked with other IV therapies, such as Phosphatidylcholine, Vitamin C, IV Nutrition Therapy, and Chelation Therapy.