What is Glutathione?
We all have it–and so do our dogs. This “master antioxidant,” made up of three amino acids, is the one most present in every single cell of your dog’s body.
Glutathione detoxifies the body, helps build DNA and regenerates other antioxidants, to name a few of its critical roles to health.
Research continues to see low levels of this antioxidant in bodies with illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
This makes Glutathione an important one to supplement, as the levels of it naturally existing in the body are often lower than ideal due to the exposures of our modern world.
In this article, we break down the reasons your pet needs glutathione, the most effective forms to supplement with and more.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT GLUTATHIONE LEVELS IN PETS
Veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker explains, “the body needs resources,” going on to state that Glutathione supplementation is her recommendation for cellular detox.
While such resources can be found naturally in the body, their levels are altered by diet, environment, and aging, such as:
- Lawn and home chemicals
- BPAs in toys, plastic bowls and water canisters
- Toxic preservatives in pet food
- Bad diet
- Fluorides and toxins in our water
In lifestyles with the above circumstances, the body calls upon its resources more frequently and widely to detox–until eventually it may need support from supplementation.
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- Promotes a healthy immune system
- Helps eliminate oxidative stress associated with the aging process
- Promotes the body’s innate response to pathogens
- Supports metabolic functioning of the liver
- Comprises Glutathione in liposomal form for increased absorption
- Includes amino acids to encourage natural production of Glutathione once the liposomal Glutathione has been digested and passed
Formulated with the help of Dr. Jeremy Widmann, PhD and co-founder of Boulder Hemp
WHAT GLUTATHIONE DOES IN THE BODY
As many of us have read or experienced, all systems in the body are connected in some way. Sometimes, ailments which seem to begin in one area of the body tend to cross into others.
One of the reasons Glutathione is a favorable supplement is due to its benefits in multiple areas and systems of the body, which can be summarized into two functions:
- Detoxification: Glutathione’s sticky texture attaches to toxins in the body, and pulls them through digestion to discard in stool. Such detoxification can prevent what would lead to inflammation, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s and other diseases in the liver, lungs, intestines and more. Allergy symptoms can also be mitigated by Glutathione’s ability to combat oxidative stress in the ear, nose and throat (areas with high oxygen).
- Regeneration: Often referred to as the “Master Antioxidant,” Glutathione helps regenerate other antioxidants. It actually performs an antioxidant role to other antioxidants. For example, Glutathione is known to recycle antioxidants in the body, such as Vitamin E and C. More simply, it allows certain antioxidants to be used over again–which is quite efficient.
THE BEST FORM OF GLUTATHIONE FOR THE BODY
By this point, many may be clamoring to get their hands on the next bottle of Glutathione out there. However, it is important to consider the antioxidant’s form due to how it breaks down in your pet’s body.
As with certain other nutrients, Glutathione is one that breaks down in the digestive tract. Therefore, supplementation through intravenous or liposomal (lipid-protected delivery via paste and injection) forms are the best ways to circumnavigate nutrient deterioration in the stomach and allow the body to absorb the largest beneficial value.
AN ANTIOXIDANT WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
With the body-is-a-connected-system idea we’ve discussed above, it can be beneficial to find a form of Glutathione that has additional resources for the body–something that addresses multiple systems.
For instance, a liver imbalance–a condition which may benefit from Glutathione–can also affect the immune system.
We all know how tricky all of this can be, not only when understanding our own bodies, but more still for our pets who cannot explain to us what they are feeling and when.
Therefore, it may be to your pup’s benefit to help a few connected systems at one time and alleviate the overall stress on the body (particularly, while you are getting to the root of the issues).
Finding a supplement with additional ingredients for immune support and inflammation are a great start; look for additional ingredients like CBD oil, turmeric, and/or elderberry.
MAXX ON THE FARM
Maxx is a 16-year-old Jack Russell who lives on the Earth Buddy farm. As he started getting older, we began to see him experience issues common to small breeds of older age, such as decreased mobility, discomfort and impaired cognition.
We started supplementing Maxx with Glutathione, noticing that even in his old age, he is able to be the farm dog he has always been: up and moving, comfortable amongst achy joints, and alert.
“He still does all of the fun things a dog on a farm gets to do, like chasing squirrels and rabbits, and lends moral support for all the farm workers. He is truly living the Maxx Life!” said Sean Zyer, Earth Buddy Pet co-founder.
If your dog has a digestive, inflammatory or immune symptom, perhaps consider supplementing with Glutathione.
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