Glutathione (or liposomal glutathione) is an antioxidant produced naturally in the liver. It is composed of glutamine, cysteine, and glycine mainly. Under normal conditions in a young person, glutathione levels in the blood are adequate to sustain the reactions occurring in the body. However, there are factors that tend to deplete the blood level of glutathione. Such factors as environmental toxins, increased stress, and malnutrition can seriously affect the glutathione levels in the blood. Also, advancing age can lead to the gradual depletion of glutathione blood levels. Aside from the natural form, glutathione exists in supplement form to help boost blood levels when they drop due to any of the factors discussed earlier.
Lysosomal glutathione, produced as supplements for blood glutathione levels, can be administered topically, injected intravenously, or even via inhalation. There are pill/capsule forms and a liquid type, too, although oral administration is probably not as effective as the intravenous injection. Glutathione is administered orally to serve the function of medication for preventing and reducing the effects of many medical conditions. These include cataracts, glaucoma, cancer, asthma, hepatitis, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, parkinsonism, some liver diseases, AIDS, atherosclerosis, and a host of others.
Administering glutathione as an inhalant has the effect necessary to treat certain lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis, and some lung problems experienced as symptoms of HIV. Glutathione is also administered intravenously. In this case, it could be injected to boost male fertility or prevent the lethal effects of chemotherapy. Anemia in patients with kidney problems who are undergoing hemodialysis can be prevented by injecting shots of glutathione into the bloodstream. Glutathione is also helpful in preventing blood clotting and maintaining steady blood flow in patients with atherosclerosis. Intravenous injection of glutathione has been found helpful in treating diabetes and Parkinson’s disease too. So how does this incredible substance work?