April 11, 2011
NEW YORK CITYGlutathione is the most important antioxidant" and is absorbed orally as a supplement, according to naturopathic physician Lise Alschuler, N.D., in a podcast interview with peer-reviewed Natural Medicine Journal.
Alschuler noted glutathione is the bodys master antioxidant because it is found in every cell and is crucial for detoxification, immune support and fighting free radicals. She provided an overview of glutathione and how it works in the body, discusses its ability to be absorbed orally and outlines the differences between supplementing with oral glutathione compared to precursor supplements.
Glutathione is a tripeptide and when its ingested, can be absorbed and utilized by the liver, intact, to help with the detoxification process," said Alschuler. It can also be absorbed elsewhere in the body, ending up in target tissues like the heart and muscle or broken up into three amino acids that are all absorbed separately and then come back together in the tissue." She added oral absorption of glutathione has been shown and documented in humans.
And, because glutathione production decreased with age, Alschuler said, supplementing with this antioxidant is important in older adults.
Natural Medicine Journals publisher Karolyn Gazella said, Natural Medicine Journal launched this podcast feature to help our readers get the latest scientific information in a format that works best for them. We know our readers include naturopathic physicians, researchers and students; providing information in a variety of multimedia formats ensures they can get the latest news and information relevant to the natural medicine community."
The approximately 12-minute podcast is available until April 30.
Alschuler, FABNO, is a naturopathic physician with board certification in naturopathic oncology. She practices naturopathic oncology at Naturopathic Specialists LLC, New Hampshire, specializing in prevention and naturopathic care for people who have been affected by cancer. Alschuler has authored many articles in professional and popular press publications and co-authored The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Healing," 3rd Edition (Celestial Arts, 2010). She is also the co-creator of the Cancer Thrivers Initiative. Alschuler is the immediate past-president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is also the vice president of quality and education at Emerson Ecologics, which provides health care professionals with the high-quality nutritional supplements. She is an expert on glutathione oral absorption.
Kyowa Hakko sponsored the podcast. It is an international health ingredients manufacturer and developer, manufacturer and marketer of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and food products. Kyowa is the maker of branded ingredients including Cognizin® Citicoline, Hydrafend Hyaluronic Acid, Lumistor® L-Hydroxyproline, Setria® Glutathione, Kyowa CoQ10 as well as Sustamine L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine.
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