Before exploring Buergers Disease treatments, review a little background on the Burgers disease glutathione connection. There are medical treatments. Consider the Buergers Disease natural treatments that are available.
Brger's Disease (BD) is a rare disorder with inflammation of the small and medium arteries and veins. It may cause pain, even when at rest. It also causes non-healing sores and or ulcers. It is not the same as atherosclerosis although diagnosis's of both at the same time have been reported.
Biergers's Disease can affect both the lower and upper extremities. Tobacco use seems to be associated with both the initiation and progression of the disease. All BD are believed to smokers but not all smokers will get BD. There is believed to be an additional genetic predisposition.
Burger's is a world wide disease with prevalence in the Middle East, Near East and Far East. In India, between 45% and 60% of all peripheral arterial disease patients will be diagnosed with BD.
In the end stages, gangrene usually sets in and results in amputation. In all reported cases, where tobacco use stopped in time, there was no amputations.
It is no surprise that BD is a Low CG Syndrome Disease. But just how bad is it. Lets compare it to another related disease that is known to benefit from increasing intercellular glutathione or GSH levels, atherosclerotic peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD).
To find out just how bad, consider what Annals of Vascular Surgery had to say about glutathione (GSH) and this disease...
The Role of Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Defenses in Buerger Disease and Atherosclerotic Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
"The aim of this study was to determine the status and the role of oxidative stress and antioxidant defenses in patients with Buerger disease and atherosclerotic peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD)...."
"... GSH-red, SOD, and CAT levels in erythrocytes in the Buerger disease group were significantly low compared to the PAOD group. NO levels were significantly lower in the PAOD group compared to the control group (p < 0.05). The balance between oxidative stress and antioxidant capacity is more seriously impaired in Buerger disease than PAOD."
Note the last comment..."antioxidant capacity is more seriously impaired in (BD)."
Although there are no specific studies showing that boosting glutathione levels will help with BD, there is a body of evidence of using N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and treating numerous tobacco use related conditions.
Currently Yale is preparing to start a study (September 2009) on the use of NAC and treating both Gambling Addiction and Tobacco Use Disorder.
Streptokinase is one of the treatments used for BD. One study reported in Circulation in 1995 found that NAC in combination with NTG (nitroglycerine) and streptokinase appeared to be safe for the treatment of evolving acute myocardial infarction. The study found that there was significantly less oxidative stress in the patients receiving NAC.
More importantly, there was a trend toward more rapid re-perfusion, and better preservation of left ventricular function.
Reading between the lines here, if you follow the Be Prepared motto, then in you car, your go pack and the medicine cabinet in your cupboard it might be a good idea to have a supply of NAC on hand in the event it is not possible to have access to health care due to accident or natural disaster.
One nutritionist recommends taking between 500 mg to 1800 mg per day.
According to literature, you should start with one capsule of 500 - 600 mg to see how it works. Then add another capsule if needed. Do not take more than you need.
It is essential to also take 500 mg of Vitamin C and Lipoic Acid. These will help prevent the glutathione that is produced from becoming oxidized and ineffective.
Finally it will help even more if you take the cofactors. Included in the cofactors is selenium. The best source of the 200 mcg you will need can be found in 2 Brazil nuts (each has 100 mcg of selenium).
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