Glutathione for Autoimmune/Chronic Illness Including Autism

My then-65 year old father was so tired and worn out, he couldn't even fathom the thought of yard work.  He noticed he wasn't dreaming anymore, which he'd always done, vividly, and his finances and lack of a solid job were wearing on him.  He was stressed.  And so, so tired.

A friend introduced him to a little-known antioxidant, glutathione, and 6 months later, he felt better than he had in 10 years.

My family and I happened to be living with him at the time, and he told us about the glutathione, urging us to take a look at it, too.  I was so happy he was feeling better, but I didn't give the supplement much thought because:

1) I really try to get our vitamins and nutrients through wholesome foods, and not through man-made supplements, and 

2) Our bodies make glutathione naturally - it does deplete as we age but I'm young!  I don't need it!  I'm invincible!  Riiiiight.


Fast forward 4 years and I happen upon The Healthy Home Economists's post  Tylenol Just Once A Month Raises A Child's Asthma Risk 540%.  In her post, Sarah writes "The researchers speculated that Tylenol, called paracetamol in the UK, may reduce a potent antioxidant called glutathione in the lungs and blood, which results in damage to the lung tissue. Glutathione is produced by the body (it is a combination of three amino acids:  cysteine, glycine and glutamine) and is referred to as the “mother” of all antioxidants by Dr. Mark Hyman MD."  

Hmm...how had I not heard about the "mother" of all antioxidants before?  

I went on to follow her link to Mark Hyman, M.D.'s post Glutathione:  The Mother of All Antioxidants:

"It's the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease -- yet you've probably never heard of it. It's the secret to prevent aging, cancerheart diseasedementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer's disease. There are more than 89,000 medical articles about it -- but your doctor doesn't know how address the epidemic deficiency of this critical life-giving molecule .."

Wow and wower.  

I went on to learn that yes, our bodies produce glutathione naturally.  But age, stress, illness, poor diet, medications, etc. all contribute to depleting it.  

Dr. Hyman said that "in treating chronically ill patients with Functional Medicine for more than 10 years, I have discovered that glutathione deficiency is found in nearly all very ill patients. These include people with chronic fatigue syndrome, heart diseasecancer, chronic infections,autoimmune diseasediabetesautismAlzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, arthritis,asthma, kidney problems, liver disease and more.

Glutathione is also critical in helping your immune system do its job of fighting infections and preventing cancer. That's why studies show that it can help in the treatment of AIDS.(i)"

Apparently glutathione is not only the "mother" antioxidant, it's also the "mother" detoxifier, chelating heavy metals such as mercury.  

This is huge news for those with chronic dis-eases such as Autism and Alzheimer's, which many say heavy metal chelation therapy has helped. 


Who else might benefit?  Those with:



The list goes on...

The above links are to just one of many, many sources of information out there regarding glutathione and each particularly dis-ease.  I strongly encourage you to research and read the plethora of information out there for yourself, to see what kinds of glutathione, and at what dosages, is proper for each ailment.  

How does one help their body make more glutathione?  

Some get glutathione injections, which are pretty expensive and inconvenient as far as I know. 

We can eat garlic and onion (sulfur-rich foods); broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc. (cruciferous veggies); undenatured/raw dairy/whey, and raw egg yolks.  However, from what I can gather in the vast information on the web, many chronic illnesses require high dosages of supplemental glutathione.  It would probably be difficult to obtain these higher dosages through foods alone. 

We can exercise.

We can take a supplements that support the production of glutathione. 

Dr. Hyman says that a magic glutathione pill would be nice, "but the body digests protein -- so you wouldn't get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients and you CAN take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione":  N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Methylation Nutrients, Selenium, a family of antioxidants including vitamins C and E, and Milk Thistle.  

Have you tried glutathione in any form?

  






(I am not a doctor or healthcare professional - always consult your doctor before giving yourself or your child any supplements.)


2 comments:

  1. Nice blog about Gluthathione.
    Actually,Glutathione is a dominant anti-oxidant enzyme that is water soluble. It is absorbed mostly in the liver. It helps to fight free radical damage and it helps to cure several diseases.L-Glutathione common uses

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  2. Yeah I agree that chronic illness is very bad for our health. One must get it treated as soon as possible. You know chiropractic care is very effective on chronic illness and aches. My cousin got acupuncture sessions from a Mississauga chiropractic practitioner for her chronic back pain and now she is very healthy.

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