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OSR: New Antioxidant Protection

Thursday, 01 September 2011 08:29 AM

Some years ago Dr. Boyd Haley, a friend of mine who was then professor and chairman of the department of chemistry at the University of Kentucky, told me of a new compound he was working on as an antioxidant.

The concept sounded intriguing, mainly because it was a way to safely and dramatically increase one of the cell’s major antioxidants — glutathione. His product, called OSR, is now available by prescription.

I have reviewed the analytical data on the product and the animal studies that were conducted to test for possible toxicity. I was impressed with the high degree of safety of this product and the careful studies that were done to ascertain safety. The compound is composed of substances found in the human body, so they are biochemically compatible. (For more information on how other natural supplements can improve your health, read my newsletter "Extend Your Life: 4 Supplements That Will Help You Live Longer.")

I have tried the product myself and found that it has several advantages over other products that raise glutathione levels. N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a commonly used compound, will significantly raise glutathione levels, but it can cause severe abdominal pain and cramping, especially if taken on an empty stomach. OSR can be taken on an empty stomach or with food.

Just how useful is raising cellular glutathione in protecting us from disease? Compelling research has shown that low glutathione levels open us up to a great many diseases and toxic risk. A fall in cellular glutathione levels often precedes the onset of many diseases and also occurs as the disease progresses.

For example, low glutathione worsens viral infections, which increases our risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Levels deteriorate with advancing diabetes complications and plays a major role in heart disease, especially heart failure.

Studies have shown that increasing glutathione levels shortens viral illnesses and lessens symptoms. Early clinical results indicate that OSR may dramatically improve thyroid function in some people with severe hypothyroidism, resulting in less medication needed to treat the disorder. To learn more about hypothyroidism, read my special report "Are You Suffering from Hypothyroidism and Don’t Know It?”

Increasing glutathione levels also appear to help those patients with diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. One of the earliest changes in the brains of Parkinson’s patients is a loss of glutathione in the substantia nigra, the area affected by the disease. The same is true with Alzheimer’s disease.

Glutathione is also believed to play a role in preventing cells from becoming cancerous. It is thought that the constant barrage of free radicals hammering the DNA and cell-signaling molecules eventually results in a transformation of stem cells into cancer stem cells. By raising cell glutathione one protects the DNA and cell molecules against free-radical damage, thus lowering one’s risk of ever developing cancer. For more information on fighting cancer, read my special report "Prevent Cancer Before It's Too Late. ''

Those with existing cancer should not use OSR, because high glutathione can protect cancer cells as well and make treatment less successful. So, if you do not have cancer it will protect you from getting cancer, but if you already have cancer, it can have negative effects.

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