What is glutathione? (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”)
Glutathione is a major antioxidant and cellular protector found throughout the body. A high amount can be found in the lining of the respiratory tract and nasal cavities making it a useful nutrient in the treatment and management of conditions affected the respiratory system.
Glutathione acts to prevent damage from reactive oxygen species such as free radicals and peroxides. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD calls it “the mother of all anti- oxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system”.
Below, is an excerpt from his article called, Glutathione: The Mother of all Antioxidants
“The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione.
Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body. It is a combination of three simple building blocks of protein or amino acids – cysteine, glycine and glutamine.
The secret of its power is the sulfur (SH) chemical groups it contains. Sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule. It acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals. Normally glutathione is recycled in the body – except when the toxic load becomes too great. And that explains why we are in such trouble …”
What is a nebulizer?
In medicine, a nebulizer is a drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs.
What is nebulized glutathione used for?
GSH (reduced glutathione) inhalation is an effective treatment for a variety of pulmonary diseases and respiratory related conditions. Even very serious and difficult to treat diseases yield benefits from this effective treatment. Conditions include:
- Acute respiratory infections
- Sinus conditions
- Recurring ear infections
- Chronic cough
- Irritation from toxic exposure (fumes, cigarette smoke, allergens)
GSH inhalation is very safe. Because many pulmonary diseases and respiratory related conditions are affected by deficient antioxidant status, poor oxygenation and/or impaired host defenses, glutathione remains an excellent choice for correcting these imbalances. In addition, glutathione is only beneficial for lung conditions when it is delivered directly to the pulmonary tissue – something that can only be achieved using a nebulizer.
How long does a treatment take?
Each nebulizer treatment takes between 15-25 minutes, during which time you can relax in a comfy chair with the mask on, taking deep breathes to ensure the glutathione gets into the lungs.
How much do treatments cost?
Our in-office treatments are $35. Machines can be taken home for more frequent treatments, which range from $15-$25 depending on the dose of glutathione. The number of treatments depends on the extent of the condition, but many people experience relief with 3-4 treatments per week during acute flare ups and 1-4 treatments per month for maintenance.
For more information on the benefits of glutathione, please call to schedule a consultation.