It’s the superhero of antioxidants and it’s safe to use because the body makes it. “It seems to also help with COVID as it is an antioxidant that appears to have antiviral properties which prevents oxidative stress and inflammation,” adds Montclair, NJ dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. “As individuals get older, glutathione is depleted, and a recent Russian study is pointing to lower levels of glutathione as a possible a reason why older individuals are possibly more susceptible to COVID. “Patients need to keep in mind that this has not been clinically proven and large clinical trials need to be done,” advises Dr. Downie. “They should always check with their doctor to make sure this does not interact with any other medications that they are on.
Unlike those who have been tested and found to be asymptomatic, she had weeks of aggressive symptoms that knocked her out physically and made it very difficult for her to eat, stand, walk or even breathe. “Everyone thinks it’s respiratory,” she said. “But it’s actually vascular. ” A lightbulb went off in my head and the whispers I’d heard about how a skin-care ingredient was helping some COVID patients started to make sense.
As far as glutathione dosing and treatments, the doctors we spoke to said steer clear of any facilities offering IV treatments as they can cause internal damage. “In IV form, glutathione has been known to shut down the kidneys and cause liver failure,” adds Dr. Downie. “I do not recommend it for use in IV form at any of these infusion centers in New York City and around the country.