Intravenous Glutathione Therapy in Vancouver
Glutathione is an essential antioxidant produced naturally by the liver – but can also be found in some meats, fruits and vegetables. As the human body is constantly fighting off a plethora of toxins and chemicals through exposure to environment, poor diets and poor lifestyle choices, glutathione (GHS) is needed to help neutralize and counteract the effects of these harmful toxins. Once GHS levels are depleted, the body may become more susceptible to illness.
How It Works
Glutathione is crucial for many processes in the human body, including immune system maintenance, tissue building and repair, and making proteins and chemicals needed in the body. It is considered a ‘potent antioxidant’ and helps to eliminate dangerous free radicals. Glutathione binds to toxins in the body through a process referred to as “conjugation” to allow these toxins to be safely expelled. IV glutathione delivers the nutrient directly to the bloodstream and into the cells.
Why It’s Needed
IV glutathione delivers glutathione directly to the body and may increase your glutathione levels for a healthier life and better wellbeing.
To learn more about our intravenous glutathione treatment offered at our Vancouver Vitalia Healthcare facility, call us today at 1-604-566-WELL (9355) to speak with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Antioxidants and their role in Healthy Skin Aging
Antioxidants assist with the elimination of free radicals in the body that damage the skin at a cellular level leading to aging (1). Free radicals affect the DNA of your skin leading to premature aging by reducing collagen and elasticity (1). Nutrients that the body use to counteract oxidative stress are called antioxidants. Oxidative stress goes well beyond our skin’s health; it goes right down to alteration of DNA and triggering illness (2).
Nutritional status with respect to both macronutrients and micronutrients is important for skin health and appearance (5). Here are three commonly used antioxidants used in healthy aging skin support.
Glutathione, the “master antioxidant” is the strongest antioxidant naturally made in the human body. It eliminates harmful free radicals as part of a natural balance between our metabolism and antioxidants. Glutathione is called a tri-peptide, composed of three amino acids, glutamate, cysteine, and glycine. Therefore, proteins are important for supporting glutathione levels along with sulfur rich foods such as cruciferous vegetables.
Chronic illness, stress (emotional and physical), aging and pollutants all decrease our glutathione supply. Glutathione can be supplemented orally through a liposomal formulation, or higher blood levels can be obtained through glutathione IV therapy.
So how does this relate to your skin? In one RCT, visio-scan measurements for wrinkles of sun-protected left arm of subjects in the glutathione group were significantly lower than those of the placebo group (3), especially in ages greater than 40. Glutathione supplementation tended to increase skin elasticity, especially the elasticity of sun-exposed skin, although statistically significant differences could not be demonstrated (3).
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential water-soluble micronutrient used as an antioxidant. It is known historically when sailors at sea for long periods of time would develop scurvy due to this essential vitamin deficiency. One of the first known signs of scurvy, is changes to the skin. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Skin contains high concentrations of vitamin C, which supports important functions such as stimulating collagen synthesis and assisting in antioxidant protection against UV-induced photo-damage (4). Vitamin C derivatives have been shown to decrease melanin synthesis and therefore are used to treat skin hyperpigmentation in conditions such as melasma or age spots (6). Food sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a major naturally occurring lipid-soluble antioxidant, that has 8 different formulations known at tocopherols. Alpha-tocopherols is the only form of Vitamin E that is officially recognized as meeting human requirements. The intake of natural vitamin E products helps against collagen cross linking and lipid peroxidation, which are both linked to aging of the skin (8). In one RCT with mice, the mice with Vitamin E had significantly less acute and chronic skin UV damage and photo-aging (7). Vitamin C and vitamin E work synergistically, with Vitamin C allowing the body to recycle the Vitamin E (6,8). Foods with high levels of Vitamin E include, nuts, seeds, spinach, avocado, tomatoes, and olive oil.
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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GLUTATHIONE
As winter is approaching, this the perfect time of the year to discuss Glutathione and its many health benefits. This is one compound I suggest for helping our body during the winter season. I do suggest adding Glutathione, either intravenous or orally, to your winter supplement regime to support detoxification, promote skin brightening and improve the immune system
For many people, fall is a time when we get back on track with our health after summer indulgences. Glutathione is a great way to support our overall health.
WHAT IS GLUTATHIONE?
Glutathione is a tripeptide made up of 3 amino acids: Cysteine, Glycine and Glutamic Acid. It is primarily synthesized in the liver and found in high concentrations in almost every cell of our body.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GLUTATHIONE?
Glutathione is a compound produced in our body that has many different health benefits. It is nicknamed the “Master Antioxidant”. It is one of the body’s primary defense against toxins including pollutants and toxic metals. It also protects our brain from toxins and free radicals and is directly produced by our neurons.
GLUTATHONE FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT
As cold and flu season approaches, many of us are thinking of ways to support our immune system and stay healthy over the winter months. Glutathione may help! Glutathione may increase the body’s ability to fight against the flu virus due to its anti-viral activity.(1) (2)
GLUTATHIONE FOR SKIN BRIGHTENING AND WRINKLE REDUCTION
Fall and winter months can be harsh on our skin with the cold and dry weather. Winter is also a great time to work on skin lightening and brightening as tans start to fade and there is less sun exposure. Although research is limited, patients in our clinic do report improved skin texture and improved skin brightening. A study conducted at the Division of Dermatology in Thailand found women who took Glutathione for 12 weeks had a skin lightening effect (lower melanin index and an improvement in wrinkles) compared to the placebo group. (3)
GLUTATHIONE MAY BE BENEFICIAL IN TREATING HSV-1 VIRAL INFECTIONS (COLD SORES)
Many people do suffer from cold sores during the winter months. Supporting the immune system is important when trying to prevent cold sores as our body’s immune system is our main defense. A 2003 animal study found Glutathione may be beneficial in treating HSV-1 infections (the virus that causes cold sores) (4)
HOW TO INCREASE GLUTATHIONE LEVELS IN THE BODY
Glutathione is produced within the body, primarily by the liver. However, as reported in clinical research taking a supplement orally is an effective way to increase blood levels of Glutathione. In animal studies, Glutathione levels in the blood reached their peak concentrations 90-120 min after receiving an oral supplement of Glutathione. These levels remained high over the next 3 hours. Giving the precursors of Glutathione had little to no effect on blood levels. Therefore, taking Glutathione as a whole supplement may be more effective than taking the precursors alone. (5)
At Vitalia Health Care we offer both intravenous administration of Glutathione and have oral liposomal Glutathione supplements. If you are interested in taking Glutathione as a supplement, book a consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors who can recommend the form and dosage right for you!
Enjoy the Fall and Winter months in our beautiful city! Stay healthy!
Yours in health,
Dr Tasreen Alibhai, ND - Vancouver, BC