Does Glutathione help with Nephrotic Syndrome?
I know someone who suffers from nephrotic syndrome and I am wondering if there are any products that could treat or help his condition.
According to Dr. Jimmy Gutman's book, "Glutathione - Your Key To Health", nephrotic syndrome is a disease arising from damage to the filtering units of the kidneys and causing severe proteinuria, or loss of protein in the urine.
I am not a medical doctor, but would be happy to do some online research for you that may assist your friend in consulting with their doctor.
There is an excellent page here on WebMD about the causes of nephrotic syndrome and also what may help. Among other things, it mentions "Treatment focuses on reversing, slowing, or preventing further kidney damage... you may take medicine, and your doctor may suggest a diet that is low in salt and protein."
We know that glutathione is beneficial for the kidneys, since the kidneys are normally very high in healthy kidneys. Glutathione plays a significant role in detoxification, and the kidneys depend on glutathione to assist them in this role. What else can we learn?
A quick search on PubMed typing in the terms "nephrotic syndrome glutathione" reveals 45 studies that incorporate these terms. These studies can be difficult to decipher, but at a quick glance, it appears that oxidative stress may be one of the possible culprits in nephrotic syndrome.
In this study, the conclusion is drawn that "There is a marked downregulation of several antioxidative enzymes in nephrotic kidneys, especially in glomerular structures. Our data suggest that oxidative damage to glomerular cells may contribute significantly to the course and prognosis of nephrotic syndrome."
In this study , the abstract begins by saying that "Glycation and lipid peroxidation are spontaneous reactions believed to contribute to the pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome."
I mention these only to show that there is some information online that some research has been done as to the possible relationship between oxidative stress and nephrotic syndrome. What does this mean to you and your friend?
As your body's master antioxidant, glutathione has been shown to significantly reduce lipid peroxidation (oxidation of fats) and oxidative stress, and so from this understanding, your may want to discuss with their doctor how raising their glutathione may help to reduce oxidative stress as it relates to nephrotic syndrome.
Once your friend and their doctor have established that there is published research showing a possibly beneficial connection between raising your glutathione and nephrotic syndrome, the best thing to do is raise your glutathione for a few months and see if it improves your condition. Then you will know for sure.
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