Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant our body produces. It is found predominantly in the brain and liver.
The Critical Roles of Glutathione
- Direct chemical neutralization of singlet oxygen, hydroxyl radicals, and superoxide radicals
- Cofactor for several antioxidant enzymes
- Regeneration of vitamins C and E
- Neutralization of free radicals produced by Phase I liver metabolism of chemical toxins
- One of approximately 7 liver Phase II reactions, which conjugate the activated intermediates produced by Phase I to make them water soluble for excretion by the kidneys
- Transportation of mercury out of cells and the brain
- Regulation of cellular proliferation and apoptosis
- Vital to mitochondrial function and maintenance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
Glutathione depletion has been implicated in many chronic degenerative diseases like
- Neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Friedreich’s ataxia)
- Pulmonary disease (COPD, asthma, and acute respiratory distress syndrome)
- Immune diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, myocardial infarction, cholesterol oxidation)
- Chronic age-related diseases (cataracts, macular degeneration, hearing impairment, and glaucoma)
- Liver disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Aging process itself
Glutathione is also used commonly to decrease pigmentation, or as a stand-alone skin lightening therapy. In this context it is done once a week for a few months. Treatment time for this intervention is 10-15 minutes.
Benefits of Vitamin C IV
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that we obtain from various food or supplementary sources. However, the main problem with oral vitamin C sources is that only a small percentage is absorbed by the body. Oral high doses of vitamin C can result in gastrointestinal discomfort. With vitamin IV therapy, vitamin C is administered directly into the bloodstream, which bypasses the gastrointestinal route. As a result, the concentration of the vitamin that gets absorbed is much higher through intravenous administration as compared to oral administration. This results in amplified benefits, and reduced side effects. Vitamin C also plays a key role in making collagen.
VITAMIN C HAS ANTIOXIDANT BENEFITS
High dose vitamin C therapy helps in protecting the cell structures including protein, collagen, and DNA from reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxyradicals. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin help decrease the symptoms of high-stress chronic illnesses. Research has shown that intake of the vitamin can greatly lessen the risk associated with H1N1 influenza virus and is considered as an effective therapy in treating the flu. Researchers have found that Vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group (J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 Oct;22(8):530-3.).
Three controlled trials found that vitamin C prevented pneumonia. Two controlled trials found a treatment benefit of vitamin C for pneumonia patients. Nutrients. 2017 Apr; 9(4):339. Published online 2017 Mar 29. doi: 10.3390/nu9040339
VITAMIN C ACCELERATES THE HEALING PROCESS
Administration of vitamin C through IV vitamin therapy also helps in the synthesis of lysine and proline. These are beneficial enzymes that are required for normal functioning of the connective tissues. They also play an important part in the healing of the wounds since connective tissues are used in the wound tissue healing process.
VITAMIN C ACCELERATES PRODUCTION OF COLLAGEN
Another benefit of high dose vitamin C is that it accelerates collagen production in the body. Collagen is a structural protein that is present in bones. It provides structural support to the arteries and veins.
Lack of collagen in the body results in various complications such as weak blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, and bones. This can result in stroke, ruptured tendons, and ligaments. Administering high dose vitamin C through IV vitamin therapy can prevent these adverse health conditions.
VITAMIN C BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
Another benefit of high dose vitamin C infusion is that it boosts the immune system. It increases the ability of the body to fight bacterial and viral infections.
VITAMIN C IMPROVES ENERGY
Vitamin C helps in the breakdown of fat for energy. Also, the essential nutrient takes part in the synthesis of carnitine — a molecule that serves as a shuttle bringing fats in the mitochondria that aids in the production of energy. In this way, intake of vitamin C boosts energy levels and reduces fatigue.
VITAMIN C REDUCES THE EFFECTS OF CHEMOTHERAPY
High doses of vitamins C administered through IV vitamin therapy also helps in reducing the effects of chemotherapy. It can be used safely along with regular chemotherapy except when using methotrexate. Two studies of high-dose vitamin C in cancer patients reported improved quality of life and decreases in cancer-related toxicities.
VITAMIN C REDUCE STRESS
Vitamin C plays a major role in combating stress. It plays a part in the conversion of tyrosine to epinephrine, which is a ‘feel-good’ enzyme. Presence of epinephrine in the body lessens stress by reducing the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
Amino acids are the building blocks of the human body, making up proteins that form tissues, organs, muscles, skin and hair. Amino acids are also the precursors of enzymes and neurotransmitters that regulate almost all metabolic processes, making them essential for human health. The presence of nitrogen in amino acids distinguishes protein from fats and carbohydrates that your body uses for fuel. Without amino acids, life would not exist. Amino acids help your body recover faster and get you
back to doing the things you enjoy.
(Magnesium , Calcium, Zinc. Manganese, Copper, Selenium),
IV vitamin therapy is an effective and efficient treatment at replenishing minerals because it bypasses the digestive system, allowing for 100 percent absorption
Side Effects of IV Vitamins
Few risks are associated with IV nutrient therapy. If a person is allergic to a specific nutrient when taken orally, the injection is likely to create a more intense reaction. So this specific vitamin should be avoided. Some patients who have high blood pressure or kidney disease may not be candidates for IV therapy. Most people — if they experience any side effects — have only pain or mild swelling at the site of the injection. Infection is possible, but rarely occurs. If you experience a fever, burning,or red streaks near the injection site, contact your doctor immediately.