What is Glutathione and how does it work?
Glutathione (GSH, or reduced glutathione) is an incredible anti-oxidant found within the human body. Its primary function in the body is to detoxify and protect the liver. It does so by eradicating free-radicals entering the body through food, pollution, through exposure to heavy metals and generally from living in a highly industrialized society. During the process of detoxification, Glutathione produces amazing benefits to health and skin. It is widely acclaimed for the association it has with skin lightening. Glutathione has the ability to block tyrosinase activity in the blood, the primary enzyme responsible for the production of eumelanin. Eumelanin is the enzyme responsible for producing a darker pigment in the skin. By supplementing with Glutathione for a longer period of time, the body begins producing more pheomelanin (lighter pigment) than its counterpart (eumelanin), hence the skin lightens.
Research also shows that Glutathione inhibits the synthesis of melanin by interrupting the function of L-DOPA. L-DOPA is one of the co-factors in the
Is Glutathione safe?
What are the potential side effects?
There are no reported side effects of Glutathione. In fact, the only known side effect is the actual skin whitening that takes place, which occurs due to an inhibition of tyrosinase activity. All other ‘reported’ side effects which may have been categorized under Glutathione usage, are specifically recognized for products which do not meet the required national health and safety guidelines and are categorically unsafe and un-applicable for use.
When considering Glutathione supplementation, it is incumbent upon the Glutathione user to ensure they are receiving a reputable product. Seeking out a product with a cGMP stamp of approval will give you the assurance you need that your product has been vetted properly by an independent third party. The country of manufacture is also important, as many countries do not have the proper regulations in place to prevent the manufacturing of unregulated, and highly dangerous supplements.
What is the recommended dosage for my skin complexion?
There are no strict guidelines on the best ‘dosage’ to take for Glutathione unless otherwise stated by your healthcare practitioner. Glutathione is water soluble, meaning any excess is immediately flushed out (via the urine) of the body typically within a 5-6 hour window.
However, based on both clinical and anecdotal research the recommended dosage to be taken for Glutathione are as follows:
Is it safe to consume a higher dosage than what is recommended by the experts?
How long does it take for the skin whitening to take place?
The L-Glutathione (Reduced Glutathione) found in Glutathione products reduces the melanocytes which produce melanin. The process of skin whitening with Glutathione occurs on the dermal layer (inner layer) of the skin. This is why it takes a little while for the initial skin changes to appear. However, don’t be discouraged in the slightest, as changes are generally observed within 2-3 weeks of using Glutathione. The whitening process occurs from head to toe, leaving you with an entirely even complexion.
I am not seeing a skin whitening result from Glutathione, what should I be doing to induce a skin whitening effect?
Which brands of Glutathione do you stock, and is it safe and effective?
Is it okay to use whitening creams in addition to the pills?
Of course, we recommend you continue your skin whitening/ skincare regimen in addition to your glutathione treatment. Having healthy, nourished skin is just as important. However, it is best to completely avoid all products containing hydroquinone, steroids, mercury, or any other product containing harsh skin whitening ingredients.
Hydroquinone and other steroid laden products behave as any other toxin would within the body, and this can affect your supplementation efforts. Thereby, affecting your end result from your Glutathione treatment.
Is the Glutathione whitening permanent or semi-permanent? Will I go back to being dark after I stop using glutathione?
Glutathione skin whitening will occur so long as reduced Glutathione remains in the metabolic pathway. For as long as the body has sufficient levels of L-Glutathione in its bloodstream, the process of skin lightening will continue. The whitening process is gradual with Glutathione, so do not expect a fast result. The skin lightens at a relatively slow pace, but the skin whitening result is often very effortless and appears as though it is the complexion you were originally born with.
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