Glutathione Depletion: Who Is At Risk?

posted by on August 13th, 2013

Picture of America: A physician’s perspective
Patients today do not eat the foods we intend nor in the amounts we hope. As they age they continue to add to their toxic load and also sleep less and less. This increases their risk for being deficient in glutathione.

70% or more of our patients consume fewer than 5 fruits and veggies per day, which falls way below the USDA’s recommedation of 8 to 12 servings.
There is a growing population above the age of 55 with a desire to improve quality of their years and reverse aging. The number who smoke is declining, unfortunately the number of diabetics and obese patients is increasing.  Although, we HAVE seen a decline in childhood obesity.  We have to ask ourselves what may benefit these patients.

You can spend your time educating your patient, a worthwhile, but time consuming process. What do you want to do while steering your patient down the path towards longevity?
Glutathione support via Berry Polyphenols(OPCs, resveratrol), NAC and curcumin are some simple and effective steps to improve glutathione status and overall well being in the standard American patient.
Glutathione has many roles in the body. One is the support of adequate protein synthesis in the patient who is not consuming healthy foods or who is failing to eat a sufficient amounts of protein. Think of your carbo-tarian, vegetarian, dieter or elderly patient.
When a patient is protein replete, glutathione protects the body and its metabolism-supporting healthy detoxification pathways from all those pesky new-to-science molecules our patients ingest and breath in.
Glutathione can manage unstable and reactive compounds to maintain a “re-dox” balance within the body.