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What is Glutathione? Health and Skin Benefits of the Antioxidant

What is Glutathione?

As we all know, your body has mechanisms to maintain a cellular balance and protect itself from daily toxin exposure like cigarette smoke, sunlight, and air pollution. Metabolic antioxidants, such as glutathione, are produced during metabolism to cleanse cells by neutralizing the free radicals creeping around your body. Doesn’t ring a bell? Let me introduce you to the hidden gem found within our bodies!

glutathione benefits

Glutathione, known as the “master antioxidant” detoxifies, improves energy levels, and improves mental focus and clarity. Every system in the body is affected by glutathione, especially the immune, nervous,  gastrointestinal, and respiratory system.  Glutathione provides protection from oxidative stress, mercury, toxic metals, alcohol, and persistent pollutants in the environment.  A common clinical outcome of glutathione supplementation is increased energy and improved memory.

What are the benefits?

Studies have shown that glutathione may be effective in treating:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Brain inflammation
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Covid-19 related inflammation
  • Heart inflammation
  • Liver disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Autism

Different forms of glutathione and absorptions:

Intravenous (IV)– The most effective way to supplement glutathione is IV because 100% of the nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream.

Intramuscular (IM)– Glutathione can be injected into the muscles and distributed into the body through the muscle’s rich blood supply.

Suppositories– Glutathione is available as suppositories for rectal insertion and absorption through the surrounding blood vessels.

Liposomal – Liposomal glutathione is available as a slow-release capsule or liquid for oral use and is absorbed through the mucosal lining in the mouth and in the gut. Bypassing breakdown in the liver and by gastric secretions, it is much better absorbed than by regular oral capsules.

Oral capsules– Capsules are taken by mouth and broken down in the GI tract. Only 15% of the nutrients are dissolved with regular oral capsules.

glutathione for skin

Skin Benefits

Glutathione may have great medical benefits, but it is also used to keep the skin healthy and young. The powerful effects of glutathione have been shown to lighten the complexion, reverse hyperpigmentation, and produce glowing, youthful skin.  Free radicals and inflammation cause cellular damage resulting in premature aging, dull skin, wrinkles, and a decrease in elasticity and collagen.  It has been shown that many men and women who supplement glutathione have even improved their cystic acne or the occasional breakout. During a breakout, the skin can become inflamed leading to damaged or irritated cells. The cells react by producing an increased amount of melanin called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. Glutathione inhibits melanogenesis activity by decreasing the amount of melanin content which then prevents dark spots. When paired with Vitamin C, the effects seen are even greater! Vitamin C is the best kept secret to all your aging concerns. For years, people have added Vitamin C into their skincare routines for similar benefits. It is also a potent antioxidant that is brightening, increases collagen production, fights harmful toxins, and protects against sun damage. So just imagine what they can do for your skin when combined!

Conclusion

It has been shown that the antioxidant effects of glutathione may be significantly beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions and as a bonus, more youthful looking and brighter skin is a positive side effect.  Glutathione is absorbed best by IV supplementation although it can be taken in other forms and when paired with Vitamin C, it’s effects are enhanced.

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