Glutathione (GSH) is our body’s most important antioxidant and has a role in various metabolic functions. Sufficient levels of glutathione in the body provide our DNA with protection against oxidative damage, or free radicals which are implicated in the aging process, inflammation and various health conditions.
Glutathione has been studied for its effectiveness in treatment of several conditions which include: various lung disorders, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, viral infections, liver disease, treatment of chemical exposures, Parkinson’s disease, renal dysfunction and myocardial schema.
Role of glutathione in lungs:
- mucolytic and antioxidant
- decreases mucous burden
- protects tissues from oxygen radicals
Glutathione also has very important functions in the brain as well as liver.
CareMed Naturopathic Doctors use glutathione as part treatment plans for various health conditions. One of the ways we use glutathione is to nebulize it, this provides direct access of glutathione to sinus and lung tissue. The treatment involves sitting for about 20 min with a nebulizer mask on while glutahione is inhaled into lungs. The treatment is comfortable, but there may be a slight cough during treatment. Nebulized glutathione is used for chronic cough, COPD, lung fibrosis, bronchiectasis and other lung conditions. Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor to see if this treatment would be of benefit to you.
Dr. Matusik, ND