My husband is receiving intravenous glutathione for his Parkinson’s disease.
Q. Dear Terry, “My husband and I recently moved to Washington. Prior to our move, my husband was receiving intravenous glutathione for his Parkinson’s disease. Now that we have moved, I can’t find a clinic close enough, and the treatments are incredibly expensive because they are all out-of-pocket. I’m desperate and want him to stay on glutathione because it has helped tremendously. Thank you for your advice.” — Alice K., Spokane, WA
A. Dear Alice, I encourage you to discuss any supplementation with your husband’s primary healthcare practitioner. I applaud your efforts to keep your husband’s glutathione levels up. Virtually every person dealing with a chronic disease is depleted in glutathione.
Ideally, our cells would be full of active glutathione. But that’s not always the case. Just when we need it the most, glutathione levels can drop. This is due to age, health challenges, environmental factors, genetics, or a combination of issues. By age 40, the majority of people are making 30% less glutathione, and by age 65, as much as 50% less – and that is in healthy individuals.
One of the trickiest parts about increasing the amount of this valuable compound in our body, is that glutathione loses its super powers with digestion. Glutathione becomes oxidized during digestion, the unfavorable form of glutathione, and then it adds to your body’s oxidative stress burden. It is not a matter of enteric coating, or stomach acid – it is the digestive process itself that transforms glutathione into its unfavorable form.
Fortunately, research scientists in France have developed a way to keep glutathione stable and deliver it intact. This patented process combines glutathione with protective antioxidants, which allows it to significantly improve the ratio of active glutathione to oxidized glutathione in a way that other approaches can’t.
I recommend your husband take 150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione three times per day in order to support optimal glutathione levels.
For additional support, your husband may also want to consider a high absorption curcumin, vitamin B6 (in its human form as pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or P-5-P), magnesium (as magnesium glycinate), and CoQ10.
Terry . . . Naturally