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The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is asking health care providers to advise patients to restrict acetaminophen to no more than 325mg per dose. They claim there is no evidence giving more provides better pain relief and larger doses put patients at greater risk of liver toxicity. So, what is one to do to protect oneself from acetaminophen-induced liver toxicity? Taking no more than 325mg per dose is not necessarily safe. And often more than 325mg is needed for the pain. This is where glutathione may come in.
Glutathione (GSH) is the antioxidant mainly responsible for protecting the liver from too much acetaminophen. Patients low in GSH seem to be more prone to acetaminophen toxicity. There are a number of ways one can increase GSH levels. Certain foods have been shown to increase GSH levels and compounded GSH preparations help also. Unfortunately, taking GSH orally does not boost glutathione levels in the blood to any extent. As one of the body’s main antioxidants, keeping GSH levels high via diet should always be a priority even if one does not use acetaminophen.
Food that has been shown to increase GSH include asparagus, avocado, and walnuts; raw eggs, garlic and onions; broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower; peaches and watermelon; spinach, peas, and several spices including cinnamon, cardamom and curcumin found in turmeric.
Compounded preparations of glutathione are available in various dosage forms: nasal sprays, sublingual drops, troches, topical transdermal creams, injections, rapid dissolve tablets and suppositories. As with all compounded preparations, a doctor’s prescription is required. These more potent preparations should be reserved for when dietary nutrients are not sufficient or in acute toxicity situations.
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