GLUTATHIONE – SKIN WHITENING TREATMENT

Fair skin is considered a mark of superiority. It’s an obsession among st dark Asian races. No wonder research is at peak to find wonder molecule for fairness. Glutathione is the latest breakthrough in this regard.

Glutathione is a natural anti oxidant which is produced in liver with help of three amino acids- L-cysteine, glycine, and L-glutamate.

Giving glutathione to a patient suffering from cystic fibrosis lead to an accidental discovery of it leading to fairness.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts are natural sources of glutathione. Tomatoes, avocados, oranges, walnuts and asparagus are some of the most common edibles that help to increase levels of glutathione in the body. Whey protein is another rich source of glutathione.

WAYS OF CONSUMING GLUTATHIONE

Glutathione can be consumed in various ways:

Oral tablets: to be taken 1000mg per day for three months, then given a break of two to three months. Restart for another two months.

Efficacy after oral consumption is questionable as various studies shows variable absorption into blood. Glutathione once consumed needs to be absorbed through intestine into blood. Its absorption through intestines is questionable, thus inject able forms is preferred.

Sublingual sprays: better than oral and cream form since there is direct penetration into blood, bypassing the intestines.

Injections: To be given intravenously, once a week a minimum dose of 1200 mg, for at least ten weeks.

Glutathione Injection

Creams: Doesn’t seem to be promising as penetration into skin is questionable.

Soaps: Doesn’t seem to be promising as penetration into skin is questionable.

Glutathione Soap

 

HOW DOES GLUTATHIONE WORK AND WHAT RESULT CAN ONE EXPECT?

Various internal and external factors lead to formation of oxidants in body. Oxidants are the main culprit leading to diseases, ageing and wear and tear in body. Glutathione is the main scavenger of these oxidants. Thus it’s called master antioxidant. By depleting the oxidant load in body, its makes one feels more energetic. Also one can appreciate the skin glow and brightness.

As far as its results in skin whitening are concerned, results are variable.

WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF CONSUMING GLUTATHIONE

Injections are the most effective way, since 100 percent of the drug is available

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS

Oral glutathione capsules are considered generally safe by US FDA.

Inject able glutathione is not given approval by US FDA for its safety. That means enough scientific data is yet not available to consider it safe. Though, considering the demand for these injections, they are given rampantly all across the globe. In my personal experience and the experience gathered from my colleagues, we dint come across any major side effects. All we came across were temporary urticarial red rashes, and breathlessness. Breathlessness may have been caused due to slight vasodilatation which glutathione causes. However, here is the list of side- effects which might occur due to glutathione injections.

Thyroid imbalance, kidney failure, Steven Johnson syndrome : it’s an allergic skin reaction where the entire skin slowly peels off almost like that of a burn injury patient.

WHAT IS THE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

There is no fixed protocol for same. After 10 to 20 i.v. injections, one can consume oral glutathione to maintain the results or get few injects every 3 to 4 months interval.

 

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