Glutathione is a molecule found naturally in your body that is made from the amino acids glycine, L-cysteine, and L-glutamate. One of the most powerful antioxidants in your body, this molecule helps break down nutrients, regulates immune response, and helps protect your cells against free radicals. (1) In English terms, the benefits of Glutathione include: increase energy, reduce the signs of aging, prevent cancer, preserve memory, and a lot more. Let's get into it: what is Glutathione and what can it do for you?
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants produced your cells. An antioxidant is a substance that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism, or free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that are naturally formed from your diet or by exposure to environmental toxins. Your body will use these as a defense system, but in excess, free radicals can damage cells, cause diseases, and accelerate aging. (2) Antioxidants are critical to your body as they maintain a healthy balance. The body creates its own antioxidants, but they also come from what you eat or supplements you take. In addition to being an antioxidant, GSH also plays a part in your body's: (1)
Metabolism of toxins and cancer-causing substances
Natural creation and repair of DNA
Production of protein and prostaglandin, a compound with hormone-like effects
Activation of enzyme
Glutathione for Skin
Glutathione injections are known for giving you a youthful glow and even skin. The antioxidant reduces oxidative stress in the body to improve your overall complexion. With glutathione treatments, you can see: (3)
Overall lighter, brighter skin tone
Even skin tone with reduced dark spots
Diminished acne scars
These injections are popular in Asia, where women report results like more energy, boosted immune systems, increased sex drive, and brighter, whiter, glowier skin (an appealing prospect in a culture that often holds fairer skin in high regard). (4)
Glutathione for Health Problems
This molecule has undergone multiple studies regarding its effect on various health conditions. The studies have found that Glutathione can help protect against a wide range of health problems: (1)
Hardened arteries (atherosclerosis)
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Alcohol use disorder
Glutathione Every Day Benefits
Glutathione injections are used to speed cell renewal and fight the aging process. It works at the cellular level to prevent inflammation and other cell damage that can make you sick. Injections are commonly given to boost energy, clear up acne, promote skin lightening, and speed up weight loss. Injections are believed to work better than oral supplements by bypassing the digestive tract. With injections, 100% of the antioxidant is absorbed, helping it to work faster and more efficiently. (1)
Injection Frequency and Side Effects
Everyone's body is different, and how you react to a new supplement may vary from person to person. A diet rich in glutathione-boosting foods does not pose any risks. However, taking supplements may not be advisable for everyone. Talk to your doctor about glutathione to determine if it’s right for you. Typical side effects of Glutathione injections include: pain, bleeding and bruising at injection site. Possible side effects may include: (5)
trouble breathing due to bronchial constriction
allergic reactions, such as rash
chills without fever
The Lotus recommends the glutothione injection once a week for general health benefits, twice a week for skin whitening, and for 'detox': once a week for 1-2 months, then once every 2 weeks.
Injections at The Lotus
Our medical providers offer multiple wellness injections to make you feel your best, including: Lipotropic, Vitamin B12, and of course, Glutathione injections. To read more about the Lipotropic and B12 injections, see recommended blog posts below.
We offer walk in injections every day from 11:30am to 11:40am. If this does not work for you, send us a text the morning of and ask when we have walk-in appointments available for that day.
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(1) What Is Glutathione and What Are the Potential Benefits? (2022, July 6). Verywell Health. Retrieved September 12, 2022, from https://www.verywellhealth.com/benefits-of-glutathione-89457
(2) What Are Free Radicals and Why Are They Bad? (2021, October 19). MedicineNet. Retrieved September 12, 2022, from https://www.medicinenet.com/what_are_free_radicals_and_why_are_they_bad/article.htm
(3) studio3. (2020, March 9). Glutathione, What is it? Flawless Skin by Abby Blog. Retrieved September 12, 2022, from https://www.flawlessskinbyabby.com/blog/glutathione-what-is-it/
(4) An Antioxidant Shot That Promises Brighter Skin? I Tried It. (2022, June 6). Byrdie. Retrieved September 12, 2022, from https://www.byrdie.com/glutathione-injection
(5) Whelan, C. (2018, September 18). Glutathione Benefits. Healthline. Retrieved September 12, 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/health/glutathione-benefits#side-effects-and-risks