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We are always on the hunt for natural ways to combat illnesses. This need has been intensified by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dietary supplements high in vitamins & other nutrients boost the body’s immune system. Intravenous Vitamin therapy in particular has shown to reduce the disease burden and mortality associated with COVID-19. Did you know that Glutathione supplementation, a recent craze in Uganda, that has been primarily been used for Skin Lightening, has numerous other benefits, including its ability to help your recovery from COVID-19?

What is Glutathione? Glutathione is found in every cell in our body and is considered to be the body’s main antioxidant. It reduces oxidative stress in the body which is toxic and damages cells. It is important to maintain normal levels of glutathione in our bodies as it has so many crucial functions in the body. When cells fail to neutralize free radicals, harmful cellular damage can occur and potentially affect many physiological processes. Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have significantly increased levels of oxidative stress and oxidant damage, and markedly reduced levels of glutathione.

Glutathione levels become reduced in our bodies from stress, poor nutrition, environmental toxins and aging. The warning signs of low levels of glutathione can manifest in symptoms like regularly feeling fatigued, difficulty getting quality sleep, persistent brain fog and low immunity or frequent illnesses. Low levels of glutathione have been linked to many diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disorders, auto-immunity and accelerated aging.

Dr. Chirag Kotecha from Refine Skin & Body Clinic explains that when a patient becomes infected with Covid-19, the virus replicates rapidly, doing harm to cells from the harmful chemicals that are produced. He further added that Glutathione can reduce this inflammation and cell damage while also reducing inflammatory markers in the blood. Glutathione levels are low in Covid-19 patients while their oxidative stress is very high. “Due to the high amount of oxidative stress in patients with Covid-19, glutathione can have a major impact by improving oxygen saturation, reducing viral load, improving breathing and speeding up recovery from Covid-19.”

Taking glutathione orally is encouraged but receiving glutathione through IV Therapy is the best way to build up your body’s levels of this amazing antioxidant. Administering glutathione through IV allows for large doses to be administered with minimal to no side effects and guarantees a 100% absorption rate thereby maximizing the positive effects on the body, says Dr. Kotecha.

Supplementing Glutathione for older people and people affected by HIV may also reverse other abnormalities including inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and insulin resistance. Glutathione can further improve muscle strength, exercise capacity, and help with cognitive decline, gene-damage and body composition. Some of these defects also have been reported in patients with COVID-19. It therefore goes without saying that having well-replenished levels of Glutathione via IV Drip Therapy doesn’t only help you fight severe infection, speed up recovery but it can also strengthens your immune system against COVID-19 attack. Refine Skin & Body Clinic is located at Forest Mall, GF 4, Block B and can be contacted on 0758232889.

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