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Why do people take glutathione?

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Some people take glutathione:

People also take glutathione to try to treat weakened immune systems or infertility, as well as many other conditions. In a small study (40 subjects), glutathione administered intravenously was found to improve pain-free walking distance. In fact, taking glutathione by mouth does not appear to be an effective way to get it into your body. In one study, giving healthy people 500 milligrams twice a day for a month didn't raise the level of glutathione in their blood. Some other studies looking at its health effects have used it in injection form or as a treatment inhaled into the lungs.

  • For its antioxidant power
  • As a detoxification agent
  • To attempt to protect themselves from the harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy for cancer; there is no evidence that glutathione works in this regard.

From: Glutathione WebMD Medical Reference

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AltMedDex Evaluations: "Glutathione."

Allen, J. , September 2011. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition. Integrative Medicine

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Glutathione."

AltCareDex: "Glutathione."

Borges-Santos, M. , 2012. Nutrition

Mayo Clin Proc. : "Effect of glutathione infusion on leg arterial circulation, cutaneous microcirculation, and pain-free walking distance in patients with peripheral obstructive arterial disease: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 15, 2017

SOURCES:

AltMedDex Evaluations: "Glutathione."

Allen, J. , September 2011. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition. Integrative Medicine

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Glutathione."

AltCareDex: "Glutathione."

Borges-Santos, M. , 2012. Nutrition

Mayo Clin Proc. : "Effect of glutathione infusion on leg arterial circulation, cutaneous microcirculation, and pain-free walking distance in patients with peripheral obstructive arterial disease: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 15, 2017

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