Love Your Lungs with Nebulized Glutathione

Nebulized Glutathione

Glutathione (GSH) is a very important antioxidant in the human body, helping to fight oxidation. When oxidation balance outweighs antioxidant stress, disease and poor health can manifest. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD calls it “the mother of all anti- oxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system.” GSH is a relatively large and is found in many enzyme systems. It helps process oxidants that can cause damage to cells and tissues. In particular GSH is the major antioxidant in the lung (1).
When the lung tissue is exposed to toxins and other factors that increase oxidative stress, GSH concentrations are depleted and sometimes blocked from being recycled back into its usable form (2). When lungs are stressed with and respiratory tract infections (LRTI) & Lung disease their capacity to clear immune factors and fight against viral and bacterial sources becomes challenged. Increasing GSH concentrations in the lung therefore can be beneficial in getting over a cold and recovering lung function/ capacity.

Examples of LRTI include
  • bronchitis,
  • lung abscess 
  • pneumonia
Examples of Lung diseases in which GSH might help:
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Smoking (not a disease but causes considerable oxidative stress to lungs and depletes GSH)

Lungs istockHow do we get GSH to the lung?

As mentioned earlier GSH is a large molecule and found throughout many enzymatic systems in the body.   Delivery method is thus very important to ensure it reaches the lungs. Nebulized GSH administration has been heralded as the best delivery source over oral or injected and delivers intact GSH to the lungs and upper respiratory tract (3,4).


What is nebulization? It’s a funny word to explain how certain medications / nutrients can be administered in the form of a mist, which is inhaled into the lungs. Essentially a targeted delivery system to the lungs.
Typical treatments last for 10min and should be done a few times a week if possible up to 4-6 weeks. Maintenance protocols would be less frequent.

Side Effects / Contra Indications

During treatment you can expect to perhaps smell sulfur (rotten eggs) which is characteristic of GSH, experience a mild runny nose and maybe even some coughing. This mostly resolves after the treatment is finished.
Those who would not be candidate for this procedure are those with sulfite sensitivities as this can induce bronchospasms (spams in the airway) and thus should be avoided.
The status of antioxidants, adequate oxygenation and decent immune response are critical to optimal lung function. Deficiencies in these are often seen in respiratory condition and pulmonary diseases (4). To help restore these parameters and lung functions, nebulized GSH may be the ticket.

Dr. Sarah Kent, ND

Sarah Kent Naturmend Naturopathic DoctorDr. Sarah Kent is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in your health.  She blends traditional knowledge with current scientific understanding to generate wellness within her patients. She has received specialized training in naturopathic sports medicine, applying the principles and tools of naturopathic care in treating athletes.


1. Gaby, A MD. Nutritional Medicine. Fritz Perlberg Publishing; Concord NH. 2011. Page 378.
2. Van der torn M, Smit-de Vries MP, Slebos DJ et al. Cigarette smoke irreversibly modifies glutathione in airway epithelial cells. Am J Physiol Lung Cll Mol Physiol 2007; 293 (5): L1156-L1162
3. Buhl R. Meyer A. Volgelmeier C. Oxidant-protease interaction in the lung. Prospects for antioxidants therapy. Chest 1996; 110:267S-272S
4. Prousky, J. ND. The Treatment of Pulmonary Disease and Respiratory Conditions with inhaled (Nebulized or Aerosolized) Glutathione. Evidence Based and Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. 2008 Mar; 5(1): 27-35

10 Responses to “Love Your Lungs with Nebulized Glutathione”

  1. Novak Wilford

    Last year I started on COPD Herbal formula treatment from rich herbs foundation, the treatment worked incredibly for my lungs condition. I used the herbal treatment for almost 5 months, it reversed my COPD. My severe shortness of breath, dry cough, low energy, fatigue, chest tightness and others gradually disappeared. Visit rich herbs foundation via their web-site ww w. richherbsfoundation .com. This COPD treatment has improved the quality of my life greatly, i breath much better and feel comfortable doing so!

    • Kelsey Pastuszko

      Hi Charles! It’s pretty individual. We recommend seeking the advice of your Naturopathic doctor or a trusted medical care provider to determine a treatment plan that will work best for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

    • Jen Ruel

      Thank you for your question Tashiana! Unfortunately, we can’t offer specific health advice through this platform, so we would recommend that you speak with your naturopathic doctor or other healthcare practitioner to get the best recommendation for you!

    • Kelsey Pastuszko

      Hello Paul! If you’re located in Calgary, we can special order it in for you – so feel free to give us a call. Otherwise, I would recommend checking with your local naturopathic clinics to see if they are able to place an order with one of their vendors.

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