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The Master Antioxidant: What is Glutathione?

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11.10.20

BY: DR. KYON HOOD, MD

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells from “free radicals.” Free radicals can play a significant role in health issues such as heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions. They are tiny molecules produced by our bodies when exposed to harmful inhalations like tobacco smoke or radiation. Individuals with these chronic conditions sometimes use antioxidant IV treatments, such as glutathione IV’s, to help treat their symptoms.

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells from “free radicals.” Free radicals can play a significant role in health issues such as heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions. They are tiny molecules produced by our bodies when exposed to harmful inhalations like tobacco smoke or radiation. Individuals with these chronic conditions sometimes use antioxidant IV treatments, such as glutathione IV’s, to help treat their symptoms. 

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is an important antioxidant that our cells produce, primarily made up of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine. It is vital for preventing and optimizing cellular function. Certain outside factors such as poor nutrition, environmental toxins, and stress can reduce levels of the nutrient in the body. Levels of this antioxidant also dip with age.

Glutathione is an antioxidant comprised of three vital amino acids: glycine, glutamine, and cysteine. Often referred to as “the master antioxidant,” glutathione can help reduce oxidative stress, which occurs when harmful molecules called free radicals are overabundant in the body.

Benefits of Glutathione

As mentioned above, glutathione is vital for optimizing cellular function and overall health. It can help prevent the buildup of free radicals, which play a role in certain chronic conditions and reduce oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. When we experience oxidative stress, we are at higher risk for diabetes, congenital diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Put simply, higher levels of glutathione in the body help reduce the risk of effects that oxidative stress may have.

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that is key to a myriad of bodily processes. It is used for many things, such as helping to:

  • Support immune function and fight disease
  • Reduce inflammation in the body
  • Promote optimal aging properties, such as skin support
  • Detoxify and combat oxidative stress
  • Boost energy levels while providing mental clarity
  • Aid the body to break down

It’s Fighting for YOU!

Glutathione can help your body combat viral and microbial infections. By doing so, it can help support your immune system. Increased glutathione levels can have dramatic effects on lymphocyte functions, the cells responsible for regulating immune function.

Fountain of Youth

When free radicals accumulate in your body, they can cause your body to deteriorate in different ways. One way is through cell damage, which can lead to wrinkles and dull, sagging skin.

Glutathione can help fight the signs of aging and improve your physical appearance from the inside out. It does this by encouraging mitochondrial growth, creating younger, healthier cells to replace the aging ones, leaving you with a rejuvenated complexion.

Forgot Something?

Well, don’t forget this! We all know that the older you get, the more your memory starts to fade. Glutathione can help improve your mental capabilities, such as memory, focus, and concentration. It can also help reduce stress and increase feelings of energy. So not only can it help support appearance, it can make you feel good as well.

Boost Your Athletic Ability

When you exercise, your body requires more oxygen than usual to maintain your performance. This results in an increased output of free radicals, which in turn can lead to the accumulation of oxidative stress damage.

Glutathione is great for both athletes and weekend warriors looking to improve. The powerful antioxidant helps bind to and remove harmful free radicals from the body.

The end result is decreased muscular damage and a faster recovery time, and reduced cellular damage from free radicals so that you can improve your performance quickly.

A powerhouse for everything from boosting immunity to anti-aging effects, glutathione is a one-stop-shop for increasing your wellness.

Increasing Glutathione Levels

Low antioxidant levels can wreak havoc on your health since antioxidants are responsible for keeping free radicals in check. When free radicals aren’t regularly neutralized by antioxidants, they can cause premature aging like reduced skin elasticity and wrinkles, along with reduced immune function.

You can increase your levels in three key ways. The first is to incorporate the master antioxidant into your diet. Sulfur plays a crucial role in synthesizing the nutrient— triggering a chemical reaction in the body to help produce more glutathione. So, incorporating sulfur-rich foods into your diet like beef, fish, poultry, and a plethora of vegetables can help boost your glutathione supply.

Another way is by taking daily dietary supplements; specifically, Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help our bodies attack free radicals, sparing amounts of glutathione that we could lose in this transaction. Remember, our bodies naturally produce glutathione, so if we can cut down reactions where it’s lost, there will be more of it to serve other wellness functions.


The final way is through intravenous treatment, also known as IV therapy. IV treatment bypasses the stomach by injecting the master antioxidant directly into the bloodstream. From there, our bodies can effectively absorb the nutrient, ensuring close to 100% bioavailability.

Glutathione IV Therapy

Glutathione IV therapy delivers the nutrient directly to your bloodstream.

Once glutathione is in the bloodstream, it is carried throughout the entire body, including the brain, heart, lungs, and muscle tissue, so your cells can benefit from the essential nutrient’s detoxifying and protective properties.


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