The Real Deal about Glutathiones

Glutathione is such a fad that cosmetic companies have come up with their formulations with other vitamins, offering a more effective dosage and promising enhanced effectivity in just a few days. Glutathione supplements come in different forms – pills, powder and and injectable doses, sometimes even ingested and administered with combinations of Vitamins C and E, either taken orally or intravenously. Glutathione supplements, in its first few years of existence, were so expensive that only celebrities and the rich can avail of it. Now, it has become so easily accessible and affordable that you can go to a certified clinic and have glutathione shots injected or you can buy pills from the nearest pharmacy.

Glutathiones in oral supplements (Photo credit: earthlydelights)

Glutathione is an antioxidant which helps prevent damage to cellular components of the human body caused by free radicals and peroxides. The amount of glutathione present in the body greatly affects the immune system, nervous system, the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems as it is used in the metabolic and biochemical reactions of our bodies’s DNA, protein synthesis, prostaglandin, amino acid transport and enzyme activation.

One of its most known effect is that it whitens the skin. It inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, which prevents the concerned cells in the skin from manufacturing melanin, the pigment that is responsible for the brown to black coloration of the skin.

Although research conducted around the world have yet to prove that excess glutathione can decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and other degenerative disorders, but it has been proven that glutathione deficiency can have a devastating effect on the nervous system, which may cause symptoms such as lack of balance and coordination, mental disorders, and tremors. And any illness (even a bad cold) can cause glutathione deficiency. This is because your body uses more GSH when it is supporting white blood cells and ridding the body of toxins.

To this date, there is no recommended dietary allowance for glutathione and high amounts of it found in the body have no known side effects.

Should you have supplements?

Glutathione is found in almost all fruits and vegetables but cooking destroys a lot of the glutathione, so you can get the most GSH from these foods by eating them raw on steamed. Eating foods high in glutamine, such as lean meats, eggs, wheat germ, and whole grains, can also stimulate the liver to produce more GSH.

Personally, I’ve had glutathione IVs  in my younger years, and though I never had the glowing, luminous skin effect, I did benefit  from it by having a strengthened immune system. I could go on for days and still be energized even if I’ve only slept two or three hours the night before. I also don’t remember being sickly and exhausted during those times. I stopped taking the supplements, though, because IV administration is too tedious and too expensive. But that’s just me. Personally, I need to ensure that the IV supplement I’m using is authentic and was purchased from a certified distributor. The medical practitioner who does the injection has to be duly certified and skilled. The medicine itself and the professional fee were just too steep.

Your decision to take glutathione supplements would be all up to you. Your doctor will not stop you from taking such supplements. If you’re taking oral supplements, ensure that you  don’t take it with an empty stomach.

If you decide to take the injectable supplements, just bear in mind that this may be the most effective  way to raise glutathione blood plasma concentrations, its effect is the most temporary. Blood glutathione levels will peak following administration, and then taper off in some cases to even lower levels of glutathione than you had before the glutathione injection. You’d have to have this administered few times a week to get the effect that you desire.

Do not use glutathione if:

  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have asthma (do not inhale glutathione).

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