Glutathione, the Master Antioxidant for Use in Pets
Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant within the body that protects and defends against diseases, toxins, pollutants, oxidative stress, viruses, radiation, and other dangers.
In fact, many scientists call Glutathione the “Master Antioxidant,” as all other types of antioxidants require the presence of Glutathione in order to function properly. Animals suffering from low Glutathione levels are prone to cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening conditions.
Glutathione is used in veterinary medicine as a treatment for cats and dogs suffering from liver disease.
Supplemental Variations of Glutathione
Glutathione levels can be increased in the body using a supplement called S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe). SAMe is a naturally synthesized molecule within the body that is formed from the amino acid, methionine. It is a popular human supplement that has been found to provide effective results in dogs and cats, improving their liver function while increasing the amount of Glutathione produced by the body.
For maximum effects, it is important for SAMe to be taken on an empty stomach, as the presence of food diminishes the absorption of this supplement. SAMe is available under the brand name Denosyl SD4®, as well as generic formulations. The supplement is available in either oral or powder-based formulations.
Since Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant, it is quite safe for use and no precautions are necessary for treatment.
This medication, when administered in the oral tablet form, needs to remain in tact. Do not cut or crush the tablets, otherwise absorption rate is affected.
The duration of treatment required depends on the severity of the condition being treated and the animal’s response to therapy. Do not stop treatment unless directed by the veterinarian.
Possible Side Effects Associated With Glutathione
There are no side effects linked to Glutathione.
Possible Drug Interactions
Glutathione has not shown to cause any interactions with any known medications. However, the patient’s complete drug regimen should be disclosed to the veterinarian prior to starting treatment with this supplement.