Hi I’m Dr. Shel, medical director at the VitaDrip Lounge. Glutathione is something that not everyone is familiar with but they really should be, because glutathione is one of the most important molecules needed to stay healthy and to prevent disease. It is often called the “master antioxidant”. Glutathione has high concentrations of different compounds that act like a sticky molecule and essentially acts like a fly paper with the toxins in our body sticking to them. It then carries them into the bile and the stool so they can be excreted out of your body. When our glutathione becomes depleated we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals, infection, or even cancer, and we can’t get rid of toxins. This can lead to chronic illnesses. In fact, Glutathione deficiency is found in nearly all very ill patients. Glutathione deficiency has been linked to alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, coronary and autoimmune diseases, arthritis, asthma, other inflammatory conditions, cancers, mitochondrial dysfunction, muscle weakness, and fatigue to name just a few. Our bodies actually make its own Glutathione, however, as we age our ability to produce Glutathione declines pretty dramatically. Other factors including exposure to toxins in our environment, medications, stress, trauma, infections, radiation, and poor diet accelerates this process of low Glutathione. About one-third of the population is missing a gene called gstm1 which is the critical gene and creating and recycling glutathione in our bodies. Unfortunately taking oral glutathione does not work very well. For an oral supplement succeed, a nutrient must be able to first make its way through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream, otherwise it will be destroyed in the gut. The Glutathione molecule is too large to get through the intestinal wall intact. Instead it is broken apart during digestion. Administering glutathione through an IV allows you to bypass the digestive tract and deliver the glutathione directly into the bloodstream. This is the most effective way to raise glutathione levels in our body. So if you’re interested in glutathione IVs, please request an appointment or contact us for more information.