I haven’t written about COVID-19 for a while. I’ve been waiting for some of the research to come forward with the cases that presented themselves. You are probably aware, the medical field has tried a multitude of pharmaceuticals and natural therapies with mixed results. I’m sharing one of the “standouts” in the natural therapy arena, Glutathione.
Have you heard of it? Glutathione is a “master antioxidant” in the body. Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species. To clarify reactive oxygen species free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals. Aging, stress, and toxic overload also reduce the level of glutathione.
Glutathione occurs naturally in a handful of foods. For example foods including asparagus, avocado, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, garlic, chives, tomatoes, cucumber, almonds, and walnuts contain glutathione. However, a variety of factors can affect the levels of this vital nutrient, including storage and cooking. I still would consider having these in your diet on a regular basis.
The New York Post…
The New York Post reported on the case of a second-year medical student at Sophie Davis/CUNY School of Medicine who apparently cured his mom’s COVID-19-related respiratory distress. He did this with 2,000 milligrams of glutathione.
Josephine Bruzzese, 48, developed symptoms of COVID-19 on March 22. “Josephine was so short of breath she couldn’t speak,” the article quotes her 23-year-old son, the med student, as saying. Her family rushed her to New York University’s Langone Hospital in Brooklyn. She was diagnosed with pneumonia suspected to be COVID-19, however, no tests were available at the time.
She was put on hydroxychloroquine, and some of her symptoms improved, meanwhile she still couldn’t breathe. The family tried various remedies for her breathing, none of which worked. James contacted Dr. Richard Horowitz, a Hudson Valley Lyme disease specialist, who recommended glutathione.
“After one 2,000-milligram dose, the family witnessed a miracle,” the Post reports. Within an hour, her breathing dramatically improved. She continued the glutathione for five days, and never had a relapse of her breathing problems.
Glutathione is primarily intracellular, except in the lung, where its concentrations in extracellular fluid are extremely high. Above all, glutathione is not only responsible for neutralizing reactive oxygen species (free radicals) from the broad array of toxic substances we take in with each breath. In addition, it is also for keeping mucous fluid by preventing or breaking disulfide bonds that would otherwise cause the mucous to clump together, and by combining with nitric oxide to make nitrosoglutathione. Nitrosoglutathione is our endogenous bronchodilator. Most importantly glutathione and nitrosoglutathione levels are known to be lower in people with asthma, and in a severe asthma attack, nitrosoglutathione levels can drop to zero.
Intravenous N-acetyl-cysteine, a precursor to glutathione, has been used to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) with some success. It has been used in at least one case, to improve pneumonia resulting from the H1N1 “swine” flu. It’s tough to get glutathione into the body in a supplement form but using N-acetyl-cysteine, or NAC is giving the body a “precursor” so it can make glutathione. In the case mentioned above though, she was given a 2,000mg dose of glutathione in a supplement form. In an additional documented case the patient was given an intravenous dosage of glutathione.
It’s interesting to note…
Bruzzese was at first treated with hydroxychloroquine, amoxicillin, and clavulanate. In response to her continued respiratory distress, she was given 50 mg zinc, one gram of vitamin C four times a day, 2000 mg L-glutathione with 2 Alka Seltzer Gold, 600 mg alpha-lipoic acid, and 1200 mg N-acetyl-cysteine.
The authors of the case report focused on glutathione’s role as an antioxidant. It would be expected to protect against the high level of reactive oxygen species produced by neutrophils (immune cells) that invade the lung during COVID-19 and on its ability to restrain the activity of nuclear factor kappa-B (NFkB), which plays a role in the inflammation of Acute Respiratory Disease.
This case study is fascinating and it was worth sharing. Prevention should be number one on your list. You sure don’t want to end up in ICU! I have often recommended NAC for my clients who have compromised immune systems or poor detoxification pathways (as seen on genetic reports). NAC is another “tool” in your toolbox of immune support products. Remember, food first! You can’t expect to have a strong immune system while eating a high inflammatory diet (sugar, sodas, alcohol, processed foods) so keep the diet low inflammatory and keep those immune-boosting supplements on board!
My recommendations for a good quality NAC product is located in my on-line Wellevate Dispensary and is called
N-Acetyl Cysteine by Orthro Molecular.
Stay well, my friends!