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Immunocal Health benefits for Humans and Animals

Immunocal is the only dietary supplement scientifically proven to consistently raise glutathione levels, therefore optimize the immune system which enhances energy levels and vitality for an improved quality of life.

Immunocal Scientifically Proven To Raise Glutathione GSH Levels

Dr. Allan Somersall M.D - "Immunocal  is the future of the wellness movement - nothing else I know can impact the ability of every cell in the human body to defend itself from the common pathological mechanisms. To raise glutathione levels is to reduce premature oxidation, to quench destructive free radicals and help detoxify the poisons inside each cell when it needs to. Only Immunocal is clinically proven to do that in a safe, effective and convenient way."

Dr. Jean Marcoux M.D - - "Almost everyone I put on Immunocal tells me that they feel better as soon as they start taking the product. This is explained by the fact that Immunocal brings to all the cells in our body, the building blocks necessary to produce glutathione, a small, a small protein that each cell needs to function properly.  The need for medication is decreased, they sleep better, they don't miss work or school as often, resulting in a better quality of life.

Immunocal is an all-natural non-prescription health product available worldwide. Immunocal provides the necessary components of glutathione GSH that, when absorbed into the body, stimulate the body’s own production of glutathione to be used by every cell. Immunocal is an all-natural formula designed to increase intracellular glutathione, one of the most powerful and most prevalent antioxidants in the body.

In simple terms, this means that Immunocal provides the essential nutritional building blocks that promote the body's natural ability to fight inflammation and can help strengthen the immune system.

Immunocal may be the most important supplement for 21st century mankind. Glutathione plays a major role in the state of our health and well-being and longevity. It can increase our production of Glutathione three-fold and help protect us from a polluted environment. The concentration of glutathione declines with age and in some age-related diseases.

Robert O. Young D.Sc., Ph.D - "In the last ten years, over 25,000 medical articles about Immunocal have been published, and the scientific understanding of glutathione is gradually becoming common knowledge."

Scientifically Studied: Immunocal is proven and patented to raise glutathione GSH level. It is a natural source of the glutathione building block called cysteine, that addresses several critical factors affecting your quality of life and for the maintenance of a strong immune system. Glutathione is the most prevalent, natural, powerful and multifunctional antioxidant in the human body and is employed by every organ. Health benefits from regular consumption of Immunocal by Wulf Droge, PhD

The most frequent complaint by far is the difficulty of mixing the product. Immunocal could be put into capsules, but you would need to take about 30 to 60 capsules per day to get 10 to 20 grams of the product...which is not very practical. It cant be made into a liquid, as the shelf life would go from 2 years to a few months. It can’t be flavored, or have agents added to it (to improve mixing) as we have customers with multiple chemical sensitivities who could not tolerate any additives to the product. The videos just below demonstrate the best ways to prepare or mix Immunocal.

How to prepare or mix Immunocal

The proteins in Immunocal are very fragile. Do not heat this product or add it to hot liquids. Do not use a high-powered blender to mix. Heat and severe mechanical action will break down the protein and diminish the usefulness of the product. Immunocal is a dehydrated powder. It must be rehydrated with liquids before use. If left standing too long after mixing, the usefulness of the product may be reduced. It is generally recommended to consume the product within 30 minutes of mixing. Special low-speed blenders or mixing cups can be made available through Immunotec Inc.’s distribution networks.

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Immunocal Questions and Answers

What is Immunocal?

Immunocal is an all-natural non-prescription health product available worldwide. This special protein holds many national and international patents and is medically recognized in the Physicians’ Desk Reference (“PDR” U.S.A.) and Compendium of Pharmaceutical Specialties (“CPS” Canada). It has undergone over 30 years of research and has been taken safely and effectively by millions of individuals. Immunocal is also called Humanized Milk Serum, or HMS-90 in Canada. Top

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What does Immunocal do?

Immunocal acts in two ways – it is a very high quality protein that provides all the amino acids your body needs, and, more critically, it raises a substance in your body called “glutathione”. Glutathione plays many roles in your body, the four most important of which can be summarized by the acronym:

AID = E2

AAntioxidant: Glutathione is the body’s “Master Antioxidant”
IImmune System: Glutathione is critical for immune function
DDetoxification: Glutathione is your cell's key detoxification enzyme
E2 Glutathione contributes to your overallenergy at many levels Top

How does Immunocal work?

How Immunocal Can Raise Glutathione GSH Level in Our Cells and Optimize The Immune SystemThe Natural Health Products Directorate of Health Canada has issued an NPN (Natural Product Number) for the specific health claim “Immunocal is a natural source of the glutathione precursor cysteine for the maintenance of a strong immune system.” (NPN-80004370)

Immunocal contains specific fragile proteins that supply your body with the building blocks needed for the production of glutathione in your cells. These building blocks are called “precursors” and glutathione precursors are relatively rare in our normal diets. Unfortunately, eating glutathione itself does not effectively raise glutathione in the cells; this is why we need the precursors. Top

Do healthy people need glutathione?

Optimal glutathione levels are important for everyone. Although you are hopefully in good health right now, glutathione levels fall as we age, and are lowered by a great number of very common illnesses. There is a constant demand for glutathione in our daily life; stress, pollution and infectious disease are all causes of glutathione depletion. For those that exercise regularly, glutathione is especially important to replenish to avoid injury, improve recovery time and keep your immune system strong. Top

Which illnesses may be affected by raising glutathione?

Many disease states are characterized by low glutathione levels. Immunocal has been developed as a strategy to help sustain glutathione levels. Glutathione deficiency states include, but are not limited to: AIDS and cancer muscle wasting, chemical and infectious hepatitis, radiation poisoning, malnutrition states, strong physical stress, and acetaminophen toxicity. Many other problems including cardiovascular, lung, digestive and kidney disorders are associated with glutathione deficiency and are cited in numerous medical references. Health benefits from regular consumption of Immunocal by Wulf Droge, PhD

Who should avoid Immunocal?

People who have a specific allergy to milk proteins (this is different from lactose intolerance) need to avoid this product. People who are taking immunosuppressive medication in the case of organ transplants should not take this product. Top

Who should be cautious with Immunocal?

People who are on a protein-restricted diet need to calculate into their daily equation 9 grams of protein per pouch and should not exceed their daily protein limit. Keep in mind that Immunocal has a very high “biological value” as a protein and will supply an excellent source of amino acids for those individuals who may be challenged nutritionally.

Are there side effects and what do I do about them?

Abdominal cramps and bloating can occasionally occur. This is usually corrected by increasing your fluid intake. Rarely, some individuals may experience a rash with this product. Although this may indicate an allergy, it may represent a “detoxification reaction”. In both cases, discontinuing the product should resolve the symptom. If any symptoms are severe or persistent, contact your health care practitioner. Top

Is Immunocal safe to take with medication?

There have been no known harmful side effects of using Immunocal or any other Immunotec product while on medications. However, to be safe, it is suggested to consult with your physician if you have any questions. Top

How much should I take and when should I take it?

a natural source of the glutathione cysteine precursor for the maintenance of the good health, 10 grams per day (one pouch) is recommended. As a natural source of the glutathione cysteine precursor for the maintenance of a strong immune system, 20 grams per day is recommended (two pouches). Clinical trials in patients with AIDS, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome have used 30 - 40 grams per day without ill effect.

Immunocal is best administered on an empty stomach or with a light meal. Concomitant intake of another high protein load may adversely affect absorption. Top

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How many packages are in one box of Immunocal?

Click here to order at discount price There are thirty (30) packages of Immunocal in every box. This is the same for Immunocal or Immunocal Platinum.

How do I store Immunocal?

Try to keep Immunocal in a cool dry place. Avoid prolonged exposure to hot environments. Refrigeration will prolong the life of the product but is optional. Top

What is Immunocal Platinum?

More Valuable than GOLD! Immunocal has been Immunotec’s flagship product for years. Immunocals’ action is based on the benefits of raising glutathione. The wealth of research on glutathione and the aging process speaks for itself. What is it about the “Platinum” formulation that takes this a step further? Let’s examine this closer.

The major impact on your health that Immunocal bestows is by providing the building blocks or “precursors” for your cells to be able to make glutathione. This is a technology that we continue to refine. Both Immunocal and Immunocal Platinum represent the only patented protein proven to do this. In the development of Immunocal Platinum, we have looked very carefully both at protein metabolism and at potential components of whey proteins that relate to aging. Two separate formulations have been added to Immunocal – CMP™* and RMF. Top

CMP (Cytokine Modulating Peptides)

Cytokines are little molecules that the immune system uses to regulate inflammation. Inflammation plays a role not only in issues like aches and pains, but also in cardiovascular and neurological health. Inflammation has been pointed to as one of the key factors driving the aging process. What CMP does, is “turn down the volume” on these cytokines.
*CMP is a trademark of Glanbia LLC. Top

RMF (Redox Modulating Formula)

RMF is an exclusive development from Immunotec’s research and development team mastered by Dr. Wulf Dröge. The major objective here was to decrease the amount of acid formed in the body (important to the kidneys), and as a second benefit, reduces the amount of calcium lost (important in bone health). Top

Who should take Platinum?

We all should take Platinum. Although it was initially developed with the “Baby-Boomers” and geriatric populations in mind, it became clear that there were benefits for overweight individuals, athletic individuals, people with circulation challenges and others. Certainly, good old Immunocal has proven benefits for all these groups, but Platinum represents the next generation in immune enhancement and will become the new standard in the immune health market. The recommended serving size is unchanged from Immunocal and it can be combined with Immunocal as desired. Top

Turn a triple into a HOME RUN!

Immunocal Platinum provides a triple action on your immune health – Raising glutathione represents Preventative immunity, the cytokine modulating proteins representing Reparative Immunity. Attention to the proper acid-base balance helps lead to Sustained Immunity. Turn this triple into a homer by topping it off with the other supplements your health professional may recommend to you! Top

What is the difference between Immunocal and Immunocal Platinum?

Immunocal naturally boosts glutathione levels in the human cell, helping the immune system to perform at optimal levels. The Platinum product contains the same glutathione-enhancing ingredients as Immunocal, but was designed specifically for baby boomers. Among its many features, Immunocal Platinum works with the body to repair damaged cells and to improve mood, energy, well-being, alertness, concentration and clarity, all important to the maturing population. It also helps maintain proper muscle function and maintain bone health by reducing calcium loss. learn more

Does Immunocal contain any additives?

The product is additive-free; the sole ingredient is undenatured whey protein isolate.

Can a person who is lactose-intolerant take Immunocal?

Yes, since each pouch of Immunocal contains less than 1% lactose, it is usually well-tolerated in people who are lactose-intolerant. It should be noted that being lactose-intolerant is different than having a milk protein allergy. Top

How does the manufacture of Immunocal differ from other whey proteins?

Immunotec’s proprietary manufacturing process preserves the critical disulfide bonds in the glutathione precursor cysteine. By delivering this delicate protein to the cell, it enables the body to create glutathione and maximize immune system levels. Other whey proteins are often manufactured using extreme heat and harsh methods of mixing, resulting in a denatured and ineffective product. Top

What are the Immunocal/Immunocal Platinum pouches made of, and are they recyclable?

The pouches are made of low-density polyethylene; the Immunocal Platinum pouch also contains foil layers. The pouches are not recyclable.

What does undenatured mean?

Immunocal works by providing important glutathione precursors to the cell. It is critical that these precursors remain intact or undenatured during the manufacturing and mixing processes in order to enhance the immune system. That is why the manufacture (Immunotec) recommend that Immunocal not be heated or subject to harsh mixing in order to preserve its bioactivity. Top

What is the difference between Immunocal and other whey proteins?

While other whey proteins may be good sources of nutrition, only Immunocal is proven to raise glutathione levels and enhance the immune system. Immunocal has a proprietary and unique formulation developed by Immunotec who uses a proprietary manufacturing process for its production.

Why can’t glutathione be taken in pill form?

Glutathione is produced by the body in the cell when the necessary precursors are provided. Immunocal delivers cysteine to the cell so that it can produce glutathione. Pills pass through the digestive system and little, if any, glutathione is absorbed. Top

Where can I find Immunocal listed?

Immunocal is listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference, the Pharmacist’s Red Book and is eligible for coverage under Medicare/Medicaid in the U.S. In Canada, it is listed in the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS). Top

What patents does Immunocal hold?

Immunocal has been awarded numerous method of use patents for the prevention and treatment of cancer, the treatment of HIV, as an immune system enhancer, for its ability to raise glutathione, and as a chemotherapeutic agent. Top

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Can Athletes Safely Benefit from Immunocal?

Yes. Immunocal has been tested as part of ConsumerLab.com’s Athletic Banned Substance Screening Program which screens for over 170 substances (including metabolites) based on the 2007 World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List and has been certified free of any prohibited substances. The screening includes testing for stimulants, narcotics, anabolic agents, diuretics, masking agents and beta blockers based on the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code or the codes of other sports organizations. Immunocal information on

Private Insurance coverage and Medicare/Medicaid in the U.S.

Is bioactive whey protein reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance programs?

Yes. Although Medicare and Medicaid do not endorse or "approve" any company's product, an Immunocal bioactive whey protein meets the coding determination for coverage eligibility by Medicaid, Medicare, and many private insurance programs. Although the purchase of bioactive whey protein does not require a doctor's prescription, a prescription is required for reimbursement eligibility coverage under Medicare and Medicaid. NOTE: The Immunocal bioactive whey protein is the FIRST product sold by any direct selling company in the world to ever meet these strict criteria. This is a phenomenal accomplishment for a non-drug "nutritional supplement", and clearly establishes a higher level of validation and credibility for this product!

The Immunocal bioactive whey protein has it's own NDC (National Drug Control) registry number: 28770-0970-01, and is being approved on a state-by-state basis for reimbursement. The code for Medicare is: B4155. Currently, Ohio, New Jersey, Minnesota, Nevada, and New York have established reimbursement guidelines, and decisions in 18 states are currently pending. In some of these states (notably New York State and California), this bioactive whey protein is available without restriction on Medicaid. In other states, the physician must be willing to write a letter of necessity in addition to writing a prescription for it to be reimbursed. It meets the requirements for enteral nutritional supplements which are eligible for coverage by Medicare/Medicaid for nutritional management of the patient. This is available for general practitioners to prescribe. For Medicare patients, current coverage eligibility is limited to Naso-Gastric (NG) tube feedings, but Medicaid is much less restrictive.

Medicaid has broader prescribing parameters for both oral as well as tube-feeding nutritional management. This Immunocal bioactive whey protein will be one of the few nutritional supplements to be listed in the year 2000 through 2009 edition of the prestigious Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR). Physicians have relied on the PDR for up-to-date information on prescription drugs for over 50 years. The PDR is considered the standard prescription drug reference and can be found in virtually every physician's office, hospital, and pharmacy in the United States. The inclusion of this product in the PDR is a reflection of it's credibility within the medical community, and is also a result of our recognition by Medicare and Medicaid. For questions regarding reimbursement procedures in your State, please contact your State Medicaid agency or Medicare plan contractor, or contact your private insurance plan provider directly.

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Private Insurance Coverage

Individuals should contact their private healthcare insurance company to inquire whether Immunocal is covered if prescribed by their healthcare professional. Reimbursement will follow your insurance company’s usual protocol.

Reimbursement by State

Please see the below chart for general information. Please note, Medicaid program requirements are subject to change. Healthcare providers and patients should check with their state Medicaid agency to obtain current coverage and billing requirements to ensure compliance with state requirements.

Covered - Often priced by individual claim, frequently needs prior approval

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri – may need “exception” form
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Virginia – AIDS only
  • Wisconsin – AIDS, wasting, Cystic Fibrosis
  • Wyoming
Reimbursed by calorie content
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Illinois – AIDS & Cancer only
  • Louisiana – may need “Exception” Form and must represent 70% of calorie intake some cases under 21 would cover orally
  • Washington
  • Idaho – Children only for oral and reimbursed by calorie
Coverage follows Medicare Guidelines - Tube feeding only
  • Hawaii – also reimburses by calorie as well
  • Iowa – Children only for oral and also there is disease restrictions
  • Kentucky – Might try “Exception” Form
  • Maryland – Disease restrictions
  • Montana
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas – May cover children orally
  • Utah
  • Washington DC
Immunocal code not covered
  • Alaska
  • Alabama – Children may be given special consideration
  • Arkansas – Children only
  • California – TAR form
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia – Oral is only children under 21
  • Kansas – Reimbursed by calorie as well
  • New Hampshire
  • Mississippi – May cover children orally
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma – Children may be given special consideration
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island – May cover children orally, disease restrictions
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
All Medicare/Medicaid business is handled by the Medical Division’s Distribution Group. Since it is government reimbursement it must be handled this way so as not to be in violation of anti-kickback statutes. Top

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PDR ImmunocalQ. What is Immunocal bioactive whey protein? What is HMS-90?
A. Immunocal is a specific brand of bioactive whey protein (which is also called Humanized Milk Serum, or HMS-90 in Canada). There are several other brands of bioactive whey proteins, but at the time of this writing, none of these brands are backed by clinical research. Immunocal is not a prescription drug, but a patented (8 Method of Use Patents world-wide, and 5 US Patents) un-denatured and bio-active whey protein dietary supplement that is rich in glutathione precursors.

These US patents include: Biologically active whey protein concentrate, Biologically active undenatured whey protein, Undenatured whey protein concentrate to improve active systemic humoral immune response, Method of treatment of HIV-seropositive individuals with dietary whey proteins, Anti-cancer therapeutic compositions containing whey protein concentrate, and Use of a decapeptide with benzodiazepine-type activity for preparing medicines and food supplements

Immunotec invested over $10 million and 18 years of research into their product, which is extremely rare for a non-prescription nutritional supplement. The primary researcher involved in the discovery of Immunocal bioactive whey protein is Gustavo Bounous, MD. Immunocal bioactive whey protein is a highly concentrated milk serum isolate which is high in protein (90% protein by weight) and is lactose-free, carbohydrate and sugar-free, and fat-free. Immunocal shares many of the same immune promoting and enhancing properties of Mother's milk. Immunocal has been clinically proven to increase serum and tissue glutathione levels, and is validated by extensive research, including numerous published scientific studies and review articles which appear in the medical literature and are available for you to examine through our MEDLINE (National Library of medicine) link. Immunocal increases glutathione, which is your cells' own natural antioxidant and most potent detoxifier. Immunocal has been demonstrated to enhance both healthy and deficient immune systems, and is validated as an effective nutritional supplement by the medical community. Immunocal is the only non-prescription dietary supplement to appear in the year 2000 through 2008 Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) for Prescription Drugs, although it is available without prescription! It has it's own NDC (National Drug Control) number, and is reimbursable under Medicaid, Medicare, and by private insurance in many states.Top

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Q. Is Immunocal bioactive whey protein approved by the FDA for the treatment of cancer, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, and glutathione deficiency diseases?
A. No. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not "approve" any nutritional supplements for these indications. The FDA determines the safety of nutritional supplements, and regulates or restricts the distribution of those products considered to pose a health risk to the American public. Immunocal is considered to be "generally recognized as Safe", (GRAS) by the FDA. This is the same classification given vitamin C. Based on a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the FDA is tolerating references to certain therapeutic uses of nutritional supplements which are based on strong scientific or clinical evidence and "significant scientific agreement". Because Immunocal bioactive whey protein is manufactured by a Canadian company, the manufacturer is more sensitive to the regulatory pressures of the FDA than American supplement manufacturers, and has chosen to be ultra-conservative in their marketing of the product. Each box of the product is produced from 500 liters (125 gallons) of fresh, organic milk from free-range, grass-fed cattle on a contract farm in the state of Idaho. No disease treatment claims are made concerning bioactive whey protein. Top

Q. What is the difference between Immunocal bioactive whey protein and other whey proteins?
A. Immunocal bioactive whey protein has been shown to differ from other whey proteins in its effect upon the immune system. Specifically, scientific studies on other whey proteins have not shown the same immune stimulating effects that are seen with bioactive whey protein. Immunocal bioactive whey protein has been extensively studied in the clinical literature. Comparing Immunocal bioactive whey protein to other commercial whey proteins clearly shows the superiority of bioactive whey protein. Immunocal bioactive whey protein is one of 4 commercially available bioactive whey proteins, but it is the only one that is supported by eighteen years of research and by both animal research and human clinical trials. Bioactive whey protein studies (done with Immunocal) have shown that they not only increase intracellular levels of GSH (glutathione or glutathione precursors) following ingestion, but also significantly build up the stores of these substances inside the cells. This beneficial effect lasts for considerable periods of time after ingestion of bioactive whey protein. Top

Q. What is the product's bioactivity dependent upon?
A. Concentrations of 3 bioactive and thermolabile (easily damaged by heat) proteins that are contained in the milk serum: serum albumin, alpha lactalbumin and lactoferrin. Because these compounds can be damaged by heat (in excess of 140 degrees F) or excessive mechanical agitation, bioactive whey protein must not be cooked, heated, or placed in a steel-bladed blender. For these reasons, and to preserve the bioactivity of its serum albumin, alpha lactalbumin and lactoferrin, bioactive whey protein has not been exposed to standard high-temperature Pasteurization. Rather, it has been bio-filtered to remove bacteria, and subjected to patent-process low-temperature purification procedures to ensure its safety and purity. Top

Q. If a different manufacturer of whey protein supplements was able to duplicate Immunotec's technology, could they make the same claims?
A. No. The method of use patents preclude another manufacturer from duplicating the manufacturing process of Immunocal. Immunotec Immunocal bioactive whey protein patents (presently there are eight patents on bioactive whey protein: 5 US patents, and 3 international patents) relate to the METHOD OF USE. That is, no other whey protein can state: "clinically PROVEN to stimulate the immune system", and "significantly raises glutathione levels". Additionally, although there are dozens of companies producing denatured (high-heat Pasteurized) whey proteins (primarily for use as a protein source in body-building), there currently is no company manufacturing an UNDENATURED whey protein product similar to Immunocal bioactive whey protein. Numerous clinical studies and medical reviews appear in the clinical literature which specifically involved the Immunocal brand of bioactive whey protein, and not other high-heat pasteurized commercial whey proteins. Accept no imitations. Top

Q. What exactly is glutathione and how is it important?
A. Glutathione is the master antioxidant of the body. Without glutathione, we die. The replenishment of the glutathione levels within the lymphocytes (also called leucocytes or white blood cells) increases the intensity of the immune response. The increase in glutathione levels also results in the proliferation of lymphocytes that act as a scavengers, and helps to combat infections. Selenium (a micronutrient and mineral) is a structural component of, and a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. For this reason, supplementation with selenium can modestly increase glutathione levels in persons who are selenium deficient. Glutathione is a tri-peptide of the amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid. Tissue glutathione levels increase when cystine levels increase within the cell. This is why cystine is critical in the production of glutathione, but prior to the development of bioactive whey protein, no effective way was known to safely and significantly increase cystine levels in the cell over long periods of time. A deficiency of glutathione can cause hemolysis (the destruction of red blood cells resulting in severe anemia) and numerous diseases of oxidative stress. Low glutathione levels are commonly found among the elderly, those undergoing cancer chemotherapy, and among patients suffering from autoimmune and immune deficiency diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFSIDS), fibromyalgia, and AIDS. Glutathione is essential in intermediary metabolism as a donor of sulfhydryl groups (which are essential for the detoxification of the liver). That is why the only known "side effects" associated with bioactive whey protein supplementation are associated with the beneficial detoxification which occurs as a result of improved liver function. The antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase functions in the process of elimination of wastes from the body. Glutathione works within the liver, lungs, colon, kidneys, and skin in the process of removing toxic eliminating cellular metabolic wastes. Top

Q. What is the difference between products or pills that people use as supplements that are labeled as "glutathione" or "cystine"?
A. Glutathione is produced within the cells (intra-cellularly). When taking a pill labeled "glutathione", clinical and laboratory studies demonstrate that oral glutathione is NOT absorbed but will be eliminated by the liver through the bile before ever reaching the systemic circulation (blood stream). Cystine is not well absorbed when taken by mouth. Injectable glutathione also has limited benefits. It is unstable in the blood stream. By the time it gets to the cell, much of it gets degraded, and much of this remaining glutathione cannot effectively pass through the cell membrane.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that oral cystine supplementation (NAC or N Acetyl L-Cysteine) is NOT effective in increasing cystine levels within the cell, and has also not been associated with significant increases in glutathione levels within the cell. The three bioactive proteins supplied by bioactive whey protein constitute a "natural delivery system" from these cystine precursors to the cell (in order to facilitate clinically and statistically significant increases in glutathione levels in BOTH the extracellular serum and intracellular tissues). Because Immunocal bioactive whey protein provides the building blocks for cystine, and these building blocks for cystine are easily transported inside the cell where they can be quickly synthesized into glutathione, bioactive whey protein is therefore ideally suited to increase glutathione levels within the cell. Top

Q. What is the difference between NAC (N Acetyl L-Cysteine) and bioactive whey protein?
A. N Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC) is sulfur-containing (sulfhydryl) amino acid which is present in many proteins, and is in the same class as the amino acid methionine. NAC is a naturally occurring amino sugar and is a form of cysteine which has been demonstrated to facilitate the SHORT TERM cellular detoxification of alcohol, tobacco smoke, acetaminophen [Tylenol®] poisoning and environmental pollutants in several in vitro studies. When Cystine is heated, molecular bonds are cleaved and it becomes Cysteine. Cysteine is beneficial if it is produced INSIDE the cell, but is mildly toxic if it is produced outside the cell. NAC does not travel well in the blood stream, and doesn't reach the cells (to be used to synthesize glutathione and Glutamic acid). NAC supplementation over long periods has been associated with modest increases in serum glutathione, but has not proven particularly useful in the treatment of chronic, long-term intracellular glutathione deficiencies. Furthermore, therapeutic levels of NAC are relatively toxic and have been associated with significant side effects. At therapeutic doses, oral NAC supplementation has been associated with cerebral symptoms, nausea, blurred vision, and vomiting. Immunocal bioactive whey protein provides the precursors for the manufacture of intra-cellular cystine, and effectively delivers these to the cell. For this reason, bioactive whey protein supplementation has been associated with sustained and significant increases of cellular glutathione, and is virtually devoid of troublesome side-effects. Bioactive whey protein has the same side-effect profile as mothers' milk. Top

Q. What is the difference between bovine colostrum and bioactive whey protein?
A. The proteins in colostrum have almost no cystine content. Cystine is critically essential to the immune system. Although Growth Factors present in colostrum (including IGF-1, or Insulin-like growth Factor-1 which is effective in promoting muscle growth) are not affected by stomach acid, research published by one manufacturer of Colostrum (Vital Health News, Winter 1998, page 7) demonstrated that "the effectiveness of the immune factors present in colostrum is lowered by stomach acid." Although the immune enhancing factors found in colostrum are often "preferable to single isolated immune components" (such as interferon, which is more likely to cause troublesome side effects), colostrum has NOT been demonstrated to be superior to isolated undenatured whey proteins such as Immunocal bioactive whey protein. Colostrum (which is produced during the first 26 hours following birth by the mammary glands) is primarily composed of immunoglobulin and some lactoferrin. According to both laboratory experiments and clinical trials conducted in Germany, although colostrum supplementation was associated with mild increases in immune function in some patients, these increases were not statistically significant, (p=ns). A postulated mechanism of action of colostrum is the inter-species transfer of immune factors, however this has NOT been clinically proven. Most of the data supporting the effectiveness of colostrum is anecdotal (consisting mostly of personal testimonies rather than clinical studies). Since the primary mechanism of action on the immune system is via stimulation of the synthesis (production) of glutathione, the near absence of glutathione precursors in the immunoglobulin fraction (from the colostrum) may explain its relative lack of effect. Conversely, bioactive whey protein contains substantial amounts of thermolabile (heat-sensitive) proteins that are rich in cystine and glutamylcystine (known precursors of glutathione), and Immunocal bioactive whey protein has been validated in numerous human clinical trials which found statistically significant increases in glutathione and indices of immune function (such as CD4:CD8 ratios). Colostrum might be beneficial as an adjunctive (add-on) to bioactive whey protein, but the clinical data is significantly more convincing for bioactive whey protein. Top

Q. How does the manufacturing of Immunocal differ from other whey proteins?
A. In the manufacturing of other whey proteins several things occur: in the process of heating and Pasteurization, critical bonds holding the cystine together get broken down ("denatured", meaning they lose their original nature--similar to the denaturing and irreversible changing of liquid egg white by the heating process involved in frying an egg). The exact type of proteins that serve to increase tissue and serum glutathione most effectively are lost or diminished. Researchers have developed a process by which these delicate proteins remain intact in their natural form to serve us most effectively. Top

Q. Is Immunocal bioactive whey protein free from Bovine Growth Hormone, antibiotics, and other chemicals?
A. rBGH (bovine Growth Hormone) and other growth hormones have become a major issue of controversy in the dairy industry. Certain herdsmen give their cows the growth hormone to increase milk production. It is devastating to the cows, and to those who drink their milk also. American dairy farmers in the state of Idaho provide the milk to manufacture Immunocal bioactive whey protein from one large dairy farm in the state of Idaho. This particular location was chosen because the soil selenium levels are highest in the USA, and grazing on grasses which are grown on Idaho selenium-rich soil results in high selenium levels in the milk. Selenium (an essential micronutrient and mineral) is a structural component of the powerful "master antioxidant" glutathione. The selenium level in 10 grams of bioactive whey protein is more than 4 mcg, which is much higher than found in most commercial whey proteins. That is good. This facilitates the cystine component of the whey protein (bioactive whey protein is 100% whey protein) from this selenium-rich milk to be more effeciently metabolized by the body to form glutathione within the cells of the body. On the other hand, absolutely no herbicides, pesticides or chemicals are used on the grasses these cows graze upon. The milk from these cows qualifies to be certified organic (hormone, pesticide and agricultural chemical-free). The cattle on this farm are subjected to more rigorous standards than almost any other dairy cattle in the USA. If a cow is sick and must be treated with antibiotics (or any other pharmaceutical compound), it is removed from the herd and its milk is not used. Absolutely no BGH or other hormone compounds are used on these cows. Top

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Q. What are some additional benefits of whey proteins?
A. Immunocal bioactive whey protein has been clinically demonstrated to increase exercise capacity by 13 percent (Lands et al., 1999), and may be useful as a supplement for competitive athletes. Wattanabe et al. (Japan) conducted a clinical study with bioactive whey protein to evaluate increases in GSH among patients with Hepatitis B and C, and found that these viruses are vulnerable to glutathione. In-vitro studies in Japan also showed that whey can stimulate the bone cell (osteoblasts) to produce more bone, hence increasing bone density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Glutathione (from whey protein) lowers serum cholesterol by stimulating bile synthesis in the liver. In addition, glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that will prevent lipid peroxidation (a sign of free radical activity). Lipid peroxidation is implicated in arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), stroke and coronary artery disease. Lactalbumin from whey protein has been demonstrated to kill breast cancer cells in vitro (in a test-tube). Because neither bioactive whey protein nor glutathione is a drug, no disease treatment claims can be made on the basis of these studies. Top

Q. What is the theoretical mechanism of action of GLUTATHIONE in Cancer and Immune dysfunction?
A. Natural killer (Immune) cells may become glutathione-depleted over time, and immune response weakens. Bioactive whey protein raises glutathione levels and strengthens the immune system. The immuine system is the body's first line of defense against cancer, viruses, bacteria, etc. For those patients receiving traditional medical therapy for their cancer, bioactive whey protein supplies lactalbumin and has been clinically proven to raise glutathione levels. Glutathione and lactalbumin (a component of bioactive whey protein) have been associated with the strengthening of healthy cells and (paradoxically) the weakening of cancerous cells. In research conducted by C. Svanborg et al, lactalbumin was associated with apoptosis (or the programmed death) of breast cancer cells. Glutathione has been scientifically demonstrated to decrease cancerous cells' resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs, while protecting healthy cells. This would theoretically allow a patient to respond better to chemotherapy with less side effects. Because neither bioactive whey protein, lactalbumin, nor glutathione is a drug, no disease treatment claims can be made on the basis of these studies. Top

Q. What are the diseases or conditions that have been associated with low glutathione levels?
A. Most of the autoimmune and degenerative diseases of aging including: Acetaminophen poisoning, ADD, Addison's Disease, aging, AIDS, Alopecia Areata, ALS, Alzheimers' Disease, anemia (hemolytic), Ankylosing Spondylitis, Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), arthritis (rheumatoid), asthma, autism, autoimmune disease, Behcet's Disease, burns, cacexia, cancer, candida infection, cardiomyopathy (idiopathic), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, colitis, coronary artery disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, Crohn's disease, eczema, emphysema, Epstein Barr Viral (EBV) syndrome, fibromyalgia, free radical overload, Goodpasture Syndrome, Graves' Disease, hepatic dysfunction (liver disease), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol), herpes, infections (viral, bacterial and fungal), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), lupus, macular degeneration (diabetic macular degeneration), malnutrition, Meniere's disease, multiple sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, neurodegenerative diseases, nutritional disorders, Parkinson's disease, Pemphigus Vulgaris, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, progeria, psoriasis, Rheumatic Fever, Sarcoidosis, scleroderma, shingles, stroke, surgery, toxic poisoning, trauma, vasculitis, vitiligo, and Wegener's Granulomatosis. No disease treatment claims can be made for glutathione on the basis of glutathione deficiency in these diseases. Top

Q. Has therapy to increase glutathione levels been effective in treating the diseases or conditions that have been associated with low glutathione levels?
A. See: Medline Search Page (replace the 5 Xs with the name of the disease you want to research). Please remember that because glutathione is not a prescription drug (except the injectable form) no disease treatment claims can be made for glutathione on the basis of glutathione deficiency in these diseases.

Q. Can a person who is lactose intolerant take Immunocal bioactive whey protein?
A. Yes, certain brands. Immunocal bioactive whey protein has less than 1% lactose which should not cause any ill effect even in the most severe case of lactose intolerance.

Q. Can a person who is intolerant of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) take bioactive whey protein?
A. Yes, Immunocal bioactive whey protein has NO added MSG (trace amounts may occur naturally) which should not cause any ill effect in people with an MSG intolerance. Bioactive whey protein contains the following amount of glutamic acid by weight: 180 mg/gram. There is therefore 1.8 grams of glutamic acid in a 10 gram packet of bioactive whey protein. Every single protein on the earth contains glutamic acid, and glutamic acid is required for good health. Glutamic acid is an amino acid formed in the digestion of ALL proteins (including wheat gluten and meat). It is the only amino acid metabolized by the brain. Glutamic acid is necessary in human nutrition but can usually be manufactured by the body in adequate amounts. That means that our own body produces it. In certain disease states, deficient diet, malnutrition, and in certain metabolic abnormalities this amino acid becomes conditionally essential. Glutamic Acid's sodium salt, is monosodium glutamate, and ALL proteins may contain naturally occurring trace amounts of MSG. In summary, bioactive whey protein would not supply any more glutamic acid than a serving of steak or other similar protein. There is NO added MSG in bioactive whey protein, and its supplementation should not cause a medical problem in a persons sensitive to MSG. Top

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Q. Are there any interactions known between supplements such as coenzyme Q-10, antioxidant vitamins, or herbs and bioactive whey protein?
A. No, there are no known potential or reported interactions between bioactive whey protein and nutritional supplements. In fact, bioactive whey protein increases glutathione levels, which helps to improve the action of antioxidant vitamins (which are less effective if your glutathione levels are impaired). For this reason, mega-doses of antioxidant vitamins (i.e. doses in excess of 10 times the RDA of these vitamins) are not required or recommended if you are supplementing with Immunocal bioactive whey protein. As we age, our glutathione levels fall precipitously like a down-hill ski-slope. Low levels of glutathione are associated with a host of degenerative diseases, and critically low levels of serum and tissue glutathione often predict that death is imminent. Supplementation with bioactive whey protein helps restore these precious glutathione levels, and helps the supplemental vitamins we are taking to work more effectively to maintain optimum health! Because neither bioactive whey protein, nor glutathione is a drug, no disease treatment claims can be made on the basis of these findings. Top

Q. Are there any interactions known between prescription medications and Immunocal bioactive whey protein?
A. No, there are no known interactions between bioactive whey protein and prescription drugs. Bioactive whey protein is composed of the same basic proteins which are found in human breast milk, and should be considered to be as safe to take as mothers' breast milk. Furthermore, bioactive whey protein is 90% protein, and is one of the best sources of highly-absorbable protein on the planet. Patients taking immunosuppressant drugs such as Cyclosporin® should consult their physician before taking bioactive whey protein. Top

Q. Are there any side effects associated with bioactive whey protein?
A. Bioactive whey protein increases serum and liver glutathione levels. When liver glutathione levels rise, the liver is able to more effectively detoxify the body (which is a beneficial function of bioactive whey protein). Some people (especially those who have been exposed to high levels of environmental toxins) may have a mild temporary reaction to these mobilized toxins as the liver is removing them from storage in body fat. Typically, reducing the dose of bioactive whey protein will allow these temporary side effects to quickly disappear. Bioactive whey protein is composed of the same basic proteins that are found in human breast milk, and has the same side effect profile as mothers' breast milk. Because bioactive whey protein is a milk protein, persons who are mildly allergic to milk proteins may experience minor gastric distress from bioactive whey protein. This gastric distress usually disappears if you reduce the dose. Persons with serious milk-protein allergies should not take bioactive whey protein Top

Q. Can you overdose bioactive whey protein? Is there any potential for toxicity if you take too much?
A. Your greatest risk is wasting your money if you take "too much" bioactive whey protein, since it is relatively expensive. Scientific data suggests that there is limited benefit from exceeding 3 grams per day (3 packets per day) of bioactive whey protein. Because our cells have an innate mechanism of "feed-back inhibition" with respect to the glutathione synthesis precursors (building blocks) provided by bioactive whey protein, there is no potential for making "too much glutathione" within the cell if large quantities of bioactive whey protein are consumed. Bioactive whey protein supplementation will result in establishment of normal glutathione levels, (NOT excessive glutathione levels) within the cell. Excess bioactive whey protein would be metabolized as protein (whey protein is an excellent source of protein, containing 90% protein by dry weight). Top

Q. Because Immunocal bioactive whey protein is 90% protein, is it contraindicated in patients on renal dialysis who must limit protein intake?
A. No, bioactive whey protein is not contraindicated in these patients. Although we suggest that you consult your personal physician with medical questions such as these, there is no reason to believe that bioactive whey protein would be harmful in these patients. Bioactive whey protein is one of the most easily digested and most easily absorbed forms of protein in the diet. Its Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER: a mark of the quality of a protein) is extremely high, and in conditions such as renal failure where protein intake must be limited, it is most prudent to consume the highest quality proteins such as whey proteins and egg white proteins, versus lower quality proteins that produce more problematic metabolic waste by-products and residues.

Q. Is bioactive whey protein contraindicated in Celiac Sprue disease?
A. No. These patients are usually instructed not ingest wheat or gluten. There is no wheat, or gluten found naturally in bioactive whey protein. Furthermore, at least one brand of bioactive whey protein (Immunocal) is lactose-free. There is no reason to believe that that Immunocal bioactive whey protein would be detrimental in patients with Celiac Sprue. Top

Q. Who should not take the product?
A. People with an allergy specifically to milk protein, (which is very rare). NOTE: Please understand that lactose intolerance is NOT a milk allergy. Also, anyone who has had an organ transplant and is receiving immunosuppressant therapy should not take bioactive whey protein unless instructed to do so by his or her physician or another health care professional. The immune system needs to be suppressed in order to prevent organ rejection, and bioactive whey protein may counteract immunosuppressant medicines such as cyclosporin®.

Q. What are some of the critical ingredients in a daily amount of Immunocal bioactive whey protein (1 pouch)?
A. 9 grams or 90% Protein, 0 Fat, less than 0% Lactose, 60 mg of Calcium, 4 micrograms of Selenium, 30 Mg of Potassium, 0.05 mg of Iron, and approximately 40 Calories. Top

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Q. What is the recommended dose for taking Immunocal bioactive whey protein?
A. Check with your physician or health care professional. If you do not have a documented glutathione deficiency and are taking bioactive whey protein to maintain good health, one pack per day is not unreasonable. Generally, most studies conducted using bioactive whey protein in patients with glutathione deficiencies used at least 20 grams per day (2 pouches), and some studies showed increased effectiveness using up to 30 grams (3 pouches) per day. Most people use 2 boxes per month (this provides 2 pouches, or 20 grams per day per month).

Q. What is the recommended intake of protein for an average adult per day? A. 50-60 grams of protein. Three packets of bioactive whey protein would provide 50% of this recommended daily intake. Top

Q. What is the difference in taking Immunocal bioactive whey protein as opposed to taking antioxidants?
A. Vitamin E and C are important antioxidants, and you should consider these important supplements in your diet. Bioactive whey protein is not an antioxidant per se, but provides the building blocks for the synthesis of glutathione, which is THE principle intra-cellular antioxidant. Glutathione is the most potent cellular antioxidant known to man, and is hundreds of times more potent than vitamin C or vitamin E. For this reason, glutathione has been called the "Super Antioxidant". By raising the glutathione level within our bodies we provide for the optimum functioning of other lesser antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. More importantly, glutathione serves as a detoxifying agent for multiple toxins that we encounter on a daily basis through the environment and medications we are exposed to. Glutathione has been demonstrated to act as an effective protectant against ultraviolet radiation, which is important in view of the continued loss of the ozone layer. Top

Q. How much does Immunocal bioactive whey protein cost?
A. Immunocal is available from the manufacturer or manufacturer's representatives for as little as $59.40/box.

Q. Is there a test to determine if my glutathione levels are low?
A. Yes. We know of a licensed laboratory that charges only $40 for this test. DISCLAIMER: We are NOT associated with this laboratory, nor do we receive ANY reimbursement from recommending their services.

Q. Is Immunocal bioactive whey protein listed in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR)?
A. Yes. Immunocal bioactive whey protein produced from organic USA cow's milk and manufactured and processed in the United States is the ONLY nutritional product sold by direct sales to be listed in the prestigious PDR, which is also frequently called the "physician's bible", and is owned and consulted by virtually every physician in the USA and world-wide! Physicians have relied on the PDR for up-to-date information on prescription drugs for over 50 years. The PDR is considered the standard prescription drug reference and is found in virtually every physician's office. Although this brand of bioactive whey protein does NOT require a prescription, it's inclusion in the PDR is a result of recognition by the medical community, of the extensive clinical data supporting it's effectiveness, and as a result of it's recognition by Medicare and Medicaid as reimbursable. The publisher of the PDR, Medical Economics, also produces a smaller companion volume for non-prescription drugs and herbal medicines. This volume may contain references to other bioactive whey proteins and other nutritional supplements. Top

Q. What is the best way to mix Immunocal?
A. Because bioactive whey protein is a very fine and delicate powder, the manufacturer recommends mixing it with water or any juice or liquid that is not above lukewarm (less than 110 degrees F, and NEVER above 120 degrees F) temperature. First, mix the packet with approx. 1 tablespoon of the liquid you have chosen to form a paste. Second, now pour the liquid to fill your glass. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, stir, and enjoy. It can also be mixed in applesauce, yogurt, or sprinkled over cereal without any particular mixing procedure. The product CANNOT be mixed in a blender (mechanical mixing damages the milk proteins). You must stir by hand, or you can purchase an inexpensive "vortex-mixer".

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"Antioxidants are well documented and known to possess vital roles in health maintenance and disease prevention. Glutathione is your cell's own major antioxidant. Maintaining elevated glutathione levels aids the body's natural antioxidant function." - Biochemical Pharmacology 47: 2113-2123 1994

Dr. Robert H. KellerYou may or may not have heard of glutathione, even though over tens of thousands of medical articles have highlighted its importance. Optimizing glutathione levels will shortly join the list of factors known by everyone to have an impact on our health and well-being. Learn more about Glutathione, the Most Powerful Antioxidant, Plays a Critical Role in the Cellular Detoxification Processes

Utilization of GSH. Research has shown that individuals who have low levels of glutathione are susceptible to chronic illness. Research shows that GSH levels (glutathione) decline by 8% to 12% per decade, beginning at the age of 20. Levels of glutathione are further reduced by continual stress upon the immune system such as illness, infection, and environmental toxins. As we now know, a lowered immune system can bring about illness and disease. This is a ferocious cycle. While you need glutathione for a productive immune system, a weakened immune system hampers the production of glutathione. Supplements Containing Glutathione Alone Will NOT Increase The Body’s GSH Levels. It is pointless to purchase supplements that merely contain glutathione, because the digestive system breaks down ingested glutathione and it will not be absorbed into your system. On the other hand, Immunocal provides the proper nutrients needed to promote the body's own ability to manufacture and absorb glutathione. Immunocal also aids in liver support by destroying environmental poisons helping the liver to function as the main production site and storehouse for glutathione.

Glutathione, educational information

  • Patrick J.D. Bouic, Ph.D - "No other antioxidant is as important to overall health as glutathione. It is the regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent in the body. Low levels are associated with early aging and even death."
    Glutathione has three important functions: It serves as an Antioxidant, an Immune system enhancer and a Detoxifier.
  • As an antioxidant, glutathione (often abbreviated as GSH) is the most powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damages or “oxidative stresses,” which have been implicated in a number of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even the negative effects of aging.
  • As an immune system enhancer, glutathione is needed for the proper functioning, and in particular the creation and maintenance, of T-cells lymphocytes, the body’s front-line defense against infection.
  • As a detoxifier, dozens of toxins are eliminated by the glutathione enzyme system, including heavy metals, cigarette smoke, fuel exhaust and other carcinogens

Clinical results documented an average increase of 292% in intercellular Glutathione levels for persons taking Immunocal for 60 days. Amazingly, the same report showed an average increase of 46% of DHEA and 40.8% for IGF-1, both markers related to levels of human growth hormone, the indicators of true biological age. Furthermore, TNF improved 37%. TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha) is one of the three most significant markers of cellular inflammation.

In an unrelated study, researchers recently discovered that Centenarians between the ages of 100 to 105 years of age have Glutathione levels similar to 30-50 year old well, physically fit, healthy individuals. Does increased Glutathione levels in your body help you live longer? Given the choice, I think I would rather have an ample supply of Glutathione in my body than be Glutathione deficient.

The level of Glutathione in our cells is predictive of how long we will live. We need this miraculous antioxidant to surviveThe benefits of taking Immunocal include the following:

Improved energy.
Better quality of sleep.
Improved mood.
Improved mental focus.
Decreased aches and pain

Glutathione for Health and Energy

Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant and antitoxin in your body. Increasing Glutathione levels will naturally increase your energy, detoxify your body and strengthen your immune system. Glutathione is a protein produced naturally in our cells. Unfortunately, as we grow older our body produces less and less of this vital health compound. It is our major defense system against illness and aging.

Our Glutathione levels indicate our state of health and can predict longevity. Glutathione is used by every cell in our body. It doesn't matter if it is a cell in your big toe, a heart muscle cell, or a brain cell. All cells must have ample quantities of Glutathione to function normally and stay healthy and generate energy.

Glutathione for Wellness and Living Longer

Glutathione improves mental functions, improves concentration, increases energy, promotes increased levels of exercise, helps chronic pain disorders, lowers blood pressure, improves heart and lung functions, and helps control the effects of diabetes. Increasing age and other factors reduce the body's production and utilization of Glutathione. Research has shown that individuals who have low levels of Glutathione are susceptible to chronic illness and a myriad of medical problems.

Clinical data indicates our Glutathione levels decline by 8% to 12% per decade, begriming at the age of 20. Clinical data indicates our Glutathione levels decline by 8% to 12% per decade, begriming at the age of 20. Levels of Glutathione are further reduced by continual stress upon the immune system such as illness, infection, and environmental toxins and pollutants. A lower immune system results in higher incidents of illness and disease. This condition is a ferocious cycle. While you need Gluathione for a productive immune system a weakened immune system hampers the production of Glutathione. Supplements that only contain Glutathione will not increase the body's Glutathione. It is useless to purchase supplements that merely consists of only Glutathione, because the digestive process destroys ingested Glutathione.

order ImmunocalImmunocal provides the proper nutrients (precrusors) needed to get through the stomach and into the blood to generate Glutathione. Immunocal also aids in liver support by destroying enviromental poisons and pollutants thus helping the liver to function as the main production site and storehouse for Glutahione.

Immunocal provides the proper nutrients (precrusors) needed to get through the stomach and into the blood to generate Glutathione. Immunocal also aids in liver support by destroying enviromental poisons and pollutants thus helping the liver to function as the main production site and storehouse for GlutahioneWe eat over-processed food that is devoid of nutrients and laced with pesticides and herbicides. We drink water polluted with industrial toxins and heavy metals. We breathe air polluted with toxic fumes and then we expect our body to function normally. Most of us live in an environmental nightmare—a toxic chemical soup. Our body tries to cope the best it can; however, the low quality food we eat, and the polluted air and water we consume endangers our health and longevity.

The human body was not built to process pollutants and food crammed with chemical preservatives and stripped of vital nutrients. Emotional and medical stress, and environmental toxins create free radicals as our body tries to fight these health hazards. These hazards constantly bombard our natural defenses and can eventually deplete our internal supply of Glutathione. The end result is low energy, disease, and medical impairments ranging from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even premature death.

Decreases in brain Glutathione levels induced by Sleep Deprivation

Department of Psychobiology, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Our Glutathione levels indicate our state of health and can predict longevity. Glutathione is used by every cell in our body. It doesn't matter if it is a cell in your big toe, a heart muscle cell, or a brain cell. All cells must have ample quantities of Glutathione to function normally and stay healthy and generate energyRecent findings from this laboratory revealed that sleep deprivation reduces total glutathione GSH levels in hypothalamus, suggesting an increased vulnerability to oxidative damage. These results confirm that sleep deprivation reduces hypothalamic GSH…

The objective, therefore, was to study glutathione content in the liver, heart, and lung, because glutathione is considered a major free radical scavenger that reflects the degree to which a tissue has been oxidatively challenged. We also investigated major enzymatic antioxidants, including catalase and glutathione peroxidase, as well as indexes of glutathione recycling. Catalase activity and glutathione content, which normally are tightly regulated, were both decreased in liver by 23–36% by 5 and 10 days of sleep deprivation.

Such levels are associated with impaired health in other animal models of oxidative stress-associated disease. The decreases were accompanied by markers of generalized cell injury and absence of responses by the other enzymatic antioxidants under study. Enzymatic activities in the heart indicated an increased rate of oxidative pentose phosphate pathway activity during sleep deprivation. Recovery sleep normalized antioxidant content in liver and enhanced enzymatic antioxidant activities in both the liver and the heart. The present results link uncompensated oxidative stress to health effects induced by sleep deprivation and provide evidence that restoration of antioxidant balance is a property of recovery sleep.

Food Sources That Boost Glutathione Naturally
By Priya Shah
Copyright © 2004 Priya Shah

Immunocal has been verified (lymphocytes testing) to accelerate the production of glutathione levels in all your cells up to 299%.Glutathione, the body's master antioxidant and detoxifier, is one of the 14 "Superfoods" listed in SuperFoods Rx : Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, co-authored by Dr Steven Pratt. Glutathione levels cannot be increased to a clinically beneficial extent by orally ingesting a single dose of glutathione. (1) This is because glutathione is manufactured inside the cell, from its precursor amino acids, glycine, glutamate and cystine.

Hence food sources or supplements that increase glutathione must either provide the precursors of glutathione, or enhance its production by some other means. The manufacture of glutathione in cells is limited by the levels of its sulphur-containing precursor amino acid, cysteine.

Cysteine - as a free amino acid - is potentially toxic and is spontaneously catabolized or destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract and blood plasma. However, when it is present as a cysteine-cysteine dipeptide, called cystine, it is more stable than cysteine. Consuming foods rich in sulphur-containing amino acids can help boost glutathione levels. Here are some food sources and dietary supplements that help boost glutathione levels naturally.

1. N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) It is derived from the amino acid L-Cysteine, and acts as a precursor of glutathione. NAC is quickly metabolized into glutathione once it enters the body. It has been proven in numerous scientific studies and clinical trials, to boost intracellular production of glutathione, and is approved by the FDA for treatment of accetaminophen overdose. Because of glutathione's mucolytic action, NAC (brand name Mucomyst) is commonly used in the treatment of lung diseases like cystic fibrosis, bronchitis and asthma.

2. Milk Thistle, Silymarin Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant and supports the liver by preventing the depletion of glutathione. Silymarin is the active compound of milk thistle. It is a natural liver detoxifier and protects the liver from many industrial toxins such as carbon tetrachloride, and more common agents like alcohol.

3. Alpha Lipoic Acid Made naturally in body cells as a by-product of energy release, ALA increases the levels of intra-cellular glutathione, and is a natural antioxidant with free radical scavenging abilities. It has the ability to regenerate oxidized antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and helps to make them more potent. ALA is also known for its ability to enhance glucose uptake and may help prevent the cellular damage accompanying the complications of diabetes. It also has a protective effect in the brain.

4. Natural Foods That Boost Glutathione Levels Asparagus is a leading source of glutathione. Foods like broccoli (2), avocado and spinach are also known to boost glutathione levels. Raw eggs, garlic and fresh unprocessed meats contain high levels of sulphur-containing amino acids and help to maintain optimal glutathione levels.

5. Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate Whey protein contains proteins like alpha-lactalbumin which is is rich in sulphur-containing amino acids. Heating or pasteurization destroys the delicate disulphide bonds that give these proteins their bioactivity. Undenatured whey protein is a non-heated product that preserves bioactive amino acids like cystine. It has been shown in numerous scientific studies and clinical trials to optimize glutathione levels.

6. Curcumin (Turmeric) Treatment of brain cells called astrocytes, with the Indian curry spice, curcumin (turmeric) has been found to increase expression of the glutathione S-transferase and protect neurons exposed to oxidant stress. (3)

7. Balloon Flower Root Changkil saponins (CKS) isolated from the roots of the Chinese herbal medicine, Platycodon grandiflorum A. DC (Campanulaceae), commonly called Balloon Flower Root or Jie Geng, have been found to increase intracellular glutathione GSH content and significantly reduce oxidative injury to liver cells, minimise cell death and lipid peroxidation. (4)

8. Selenium Selenium is a co-factor for the enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Selenium supplements have become popular because some studies suggest they may play a role in decreasing the risk of certain cancers, and in how the immune system and the thyroid gland function. However, too much selenium can cause some toxic effects including gastrointestinal upset, brittle nails, hair loss and mild nerve damage. Disclaimer: The information here is not provided by medical professionals and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Nutritional supplements, while usually benign, can produce adverse reactions in some people. As with prescribed drugs, long-term effects from supplements are often unknown. Pregnant women and children should not take supplements except after consultation with their health care provider. Never exceed the recommended dosage on the container. If you observe adverse effects stop taking the supplement immediately and contact your health care provider.


1. The systemic availability of oral glutathione Witschi A, Reddy S, Stofer B, Lauterburg BH. [Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1992;43(6):667-9.]

2. Dietary approach to attenuate oxidative stress, hypertension, and inflammation in the cardiovascular system Wu L, Ashraf MH, Facci M, Wang R, Paterson PG, Ferrie A, Juurlink BH. [Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 May 4;101(18):7094-9. Epub 2004 Apr 21.]

3. Can Curry Protect Against Alzheimer's? American Physiological Society (APS) Press release; 16-Apr-2004

4. Protective effect of saponins derived from roots of Platycodon grandiflorum on tert-butyl hydroperoxide-induced oxidative hepatotoxicity

Lee KJ, Choi CY, Chung YC, Kim YS, Ryu SY, Roh SH, Jeong HG. [Toxicol Lett. 2004 Mar 7;147(3):271-82.] This article was first published in the July 2004 issue of The Glutathione Report, a newsletter featuring regular updates on the health benefits of glutathione. Get a Free report on Glutathione in Health and Disease Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Priya_Shah


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Garlic and the Medicinal Healing Properties of Allicin
Essential Glyconutrients
Immunocal Health benefits for Humans and Animals
Magnesium Deficiency Impacting Your Health
Radiant and Healthy Skin
Reduce Chronic Stress and Depression
Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D
Weight Gains and Healthy Management Solutions
Mind Body Spirit Connection
Adult Stem Cells Nutrition Boost Healing
Healing Shingles Without Drugs
Natural Treatments for the Eyes and Vision
Parasites in Humans and Animals
Fluoride in Oral Hygiene and Water
Glutathione Major Role in Health
The Acid Alkaline Balance Impact
Amalgam Dental Fillings Slowly Poisoning You?
Natural Healing of Arthritis
Root Cause of Asthma Trigger Ailments
Wellness Resorts and Clinical Retreat Centers
Natural Treatment of Childhood Ear Infections
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome