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Nebulized Glutathione

What is glutathione?

Glutathione is one of the most potent antioxidants in the body.  Most glutathione in the body is produced intracellularly in the liver. Glutathione is also found in fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat, and the major enhancer of glutathione synthesis is vitamin C, which is found in citrus and leafy greens. 

Nebulized Glutathione is used to treat a number of upper and lower respiratory conditions.  Nebulizing (also known as aerosolizing) a solution of glutathione allows direct administration to the respiratory tract including the lungs.  This improves the therapeutic benefit for those suffering from respiratory tract disorders.

The predominant mechanism is attributed to its antioxidant properties that confer protection against oxidative damage (Prousky, 2008). Glutathione inhalation produces clinically significant results for most of the diseases studied. It has specifically been shown to improve respiratory function markers that impact the quality of life and disease progression (Prousky, 2008).

Conditions commonly treated by nebulized glutathione:

  • Cold & Flus

  • Chronic Rhinitis

  • Upper respiratory tract infections

  • Bronchitis 

  • Emphysema

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 

  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

The potential applications of nebulized glutathione are numerous when you consider just how many respiratory-related conditions are affected by deficient antioxidant status, overproduction of oxidants, or poor oxygenation (Prousky, 2008).

In respiratory disorders nebulized glutathione has been shown to:

  • Cold intolerance

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Dry skin

  • Fatigue 

  • Hair thinning/hair loss

  • Memory impairment

  • Joint stiffness 

What is a nebulizer?

A nebulizer is a device that turns liquid into a mist of tiny bubbles that is inhaled (breathed in) into the lungs for absorption. It produces bubbles so tiny that they can be inhaled into the deepest regions of the lungs without discomfort or irritation.

Is nebulized glutathione safe for all ages?


Nebulized glutathione is safe to be used in children. The challenge with using it in children is having them sit still for 10-15 minutes and they may not like wearing a mask that covers their mouth and nose.


Are there any side effects to using nebulized glutathione?


Minor side effects such as transient coughing and an unpleasant odour are common with this treatment. Major side effects such as bronchoconstriction have only occurred among asthma patients presumed to be sulfite-sensitive. Otherwise, nebulized glutathione is very safe. A trial dose always administered in office the first time to assess safety.


What is the cost of treatment?


The clinic will be able to give you all the supplies (like needle, mask, saline solution) for approximately $15. The first treatment is always done in-office so that we can walk you through how to use it at home. Glutathione can cost anywhere from $30-60 per vial, depending on the size of the bottle. A nebulizing machine can be found at a Well Wise store and costs approximately $90.


Book an appointment today to discuss ways nebulized glutathione can help you. 

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