What is Anti-Oxidant Therapy?
Anti-Oxidant Therapy is a direct IV Therapy that involves administration of Glutathione, N- Acetyl cysteine, and Vitamin C in different moderate doses varying from patient to patient.
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is an antioxidant produced in cells. It’s comprised largely of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine.
Glutathione levels in the body may be reduced by a number of factors, including poor nutrition, environmental toxins, and stress. Its levels also decline with age.
In addition to being produced naturally by the body, glutathione can be given intravenously.
It’s also available as an oral supplement in capsule form. However, oral ingestion of glutathione may not be as effective and so it is generally prescribed as a maintenance dose post IV Therapy.
Some conditions Anti- Oxidant Therapy is given in:
- Skin Brightening (to even out the skin tone throughout the body), removal of pigmentation and dark patchy skin.
Antioxidants are naturally found in human cells that neutralize free radicals, boost the immune system and detoxify the body. It causes skin lightening by converting melanin to a lighter colour and deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase, which helps produce the pigment.
Moderate doses even out the skin tone while high doses cause skin whitening (A person becomes 4-5 shades lighter)
- Boosts Immunity and Energy levels
Research shows that active glutathione (GSH) primes white cells such as natural killer (NK) and T cells, your body’s front-line infection fighters. GSH-enhanced T cells are able to produce more infection-fighting substances, controlling both bacterial and viral infections.
- Reduces oxidative stress
Oxidative stress occurs when there’s an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to fight them off. Too-high levels of oxidative stress may be a precursor to multiple diseases. These include diabetes, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. Anti-oxidant therapy helps stave off the impact of oxidative stress, which may, in turn, reduce disease.
An article cited in Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy indicated that Antioxidant deficiency leads to increased levels of oxidative stress, which might lead to cancer. It also stated that elevated glutathione levels raised antioxidant levels and resistance to oxidative stress in cancer cells.
- May reduce respiratory disease symptoms
N-acetylcysteine is a medication used to treat conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. When administered, it helps to thin out mucus and make it less paste like. Acetylcysteine
5. Reduce the impact of uncontrolled diabetes
Long-term high blood sugar is associated with reduced amounts of glutathione. This can lead to oxidative stress and tissue damage. Studies show that Anti – oxidant therapy boosted glutathione levels. It also lowered oxidative stress and damage in people with uncontrolled diabetes, despite high sugar levels. Study participants were placed on 0.81 millimoles per kilogram (mmol/kg) of cysteine and 1.33 mmol/kg glycine daily for two weeks.
6. Reduces cell damage in alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Cell death in the liver may be exacerbated by a deficiency in antioxidants, including glutathione. This can lead to fatty liver disease in both those who misuse alcohol and those who don’t. Glutathione has been shown to improve protein, enzyme, and bilirubin levels in the blood of individuals with alcoholic and non-alcoholic chronic fatty liver disease.
Studies report that glutathione was most effective when given to people with fatty liver disease intravenously, in high doses. Participants in the study also showed reductions in malondialdehyde, a marker of cell damage in the liver.
Does Anti-Oxidant therapy lighten skin permanently
Takeaway. Glutathione is a very strong antioxidant that the body makes and uses every day. Researchers have associated low levels with several medical conditions. While supplements may be appropriate for some time.
Its brightening effects are permanent only if you will maintain it (by avoiding exposure to sunlight). You won’t go back to your original skin colour even if you stop taking these supplements, however, there is a tendency for you to be tan or darken your skin if you expose yourself to sunlight and other harsh elements, without the use of sunscreen.
Any side Effects of Anti-oxidant therapy?
Immediate side effects may be prevalent in terms of a heavy head or heavy hand, which stays for a very short period. A heavy head is only faced in the first session and you will be completely normal the next day.
Apart from this no long-term side effects have known to be prevalent in any patient.