There is no difference between glutathione and l-glutathione, according to WebMD. L-glutathione is an alternative name for glutathione, which is a natural substance produced by the liver. Several fruits, meats and vegetables also contain glutathione.Continue Reading
Individuals take glutathione orally for many reasons including glaucoma, cataracts, cancer and heart disease, explains WebMD. Other reasons people take glutathione include to treat or prevent alcoholism, liver disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis and Parkinson's disease. People also breathe in glutathione to treat lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis, by injection for treating male infertility and through an IV to improve blood flow, treat diabetes, to prevent problems with the kidneys following heart bypass surgery and to decrease clotting of the blood.
Research shows that glutathione is possibly effective for reducing the side effects of chemotherapy for those with cancer, states WebMD. However, as of 2015, there is insufficient evidence to show that glutathione is effective for other reasons. Glutathione is likely safe to use orally, through inhalation or through injection, but doctors do not recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women use glutathione, as there is not enough research available to show it is safe for babies. People may use glutathione to treat asthma, but doctors suggest that this medication may increase some of the symptoms of asthma.Learn more about Vitamins & Supplements