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Which is best? Oral, Liposomal or Intravenous Glutathione? 



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Last Updated Feb 18, 2019 | Published Feb 17, 2019 at 17:05PM | Author: Ruth Sanders

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Glutathione can be taken in one of three ways, orally, via liposomal, or via intravenous infusion. 

There is no best way to supplement with Glutathione. It all comes down to your affordability, practicality, and ability to stick with it long term. 

Oral and Liposomal is the more convenient, and inexpensive method of supplementing with Glutathione when compared to Intravenous Glutathione.

When first considering Glutathione supplementation, you probably think of someone popping pills all day long. But, you’ll come to know in this short article that that doesn’t have to be the case.

There are three main ways through which you can supplement with Glutathione: 1. Orally  2. Through Liposomal or 3.  Through an Intravenous Glutathione Infusion.

Let’s discuss them all to help you determine which is the best of the three and why.

Oral Glutathione Supplements

Oral supplementation of Glutathione is no doubt popular and it is so for one reason: convenience.  Taking a capsule supplement throughout the day is both convenient and for the most part easy. 

Glutathione supplements are very effective in boosting your GSH levels. However, when choosing this method of supplementation, do factor in how the convenience of taking a supplement may substitute for a limited absorption rate. 

Glutathione supplements are absorbed differently to Liposomal and IV Glutathione, the Glutathione molecule is broken down in the stomach before reaching the bloodstream. This, can but not all of the time limit its absorption rate. The absorption of the Glutathione is dependant on a range of individual factors, not solely limited to the form of supplementation used. 

With this in mind, our Supplement Line contains Enhanced L-Glutathione of Pharmaceutical Grade Quality to allow for the highest possible absorption, without taking away from the ease of using oral supplements.

So ladies and gents, you can continue taking your supplements, so long as it’s working well for you!

Liposomal Glutathione

– wait what?

Yes. We said it. Ly-po-so-mul Glutathione – it’s a funny sounding word (we promise it has nothing to do with liposuction!), but it actually means something a lot more interesting as you’ll soon find out.  

Liposomal Vitamins are special as they contain tiny liposomes, a phospholipid layer, very similar to that of the human cell membrane. This lipid (fat soluble) layer encapsulates the nutrients inside of it until it reaches the blood plasma where it is then directly absorbed into the bloodstream.  

With this form of supplementation, you get a high absorption rate. 

The cons?

It comes in liquid form, most of the time. Although our Specialist Line of Supplements (out soon) does host Liposomal Vitamin C in Capsule form which can be taken more easily.   It can sometimes get a little bit tedious and inconvenient having to take a supplement in liquid form. 

Intravenous Glutathione

Intravenous Glutathione Infusions are done at clinics either under the guidance of a physician or under the supervision of a registered nurse. 

Popularly touted by celebrities as their secret beauty fix, it is in fact, not everything you might think it to be. 

IV Glutathione infusions provide the body with complete absorption, but don’t be fooled,  how much of it is actually absorbed by your body will vary.  The human body is a lot more complex than you might think, it will use what it requires and expel what it doesn’t – so that 4,000mg Glutathione IV drip you think you just had, might have  only given you about 2,000mg or less than that. 

Secondary to this fact is the fact that many clinics will conduct these infusions without telling their clients they’re diluting the amount of Glutathione used in the drip with Vitamin B12, or a Vitamin B Complex since the Glutathione is often the more expensive of the latter.

It is further advised to patients considering IV Glutathione to take Glutathione and Vitamin C supplements post injection to ensure for the continued uptake of the Glutathione in the body. This can result in added costs to the treatment, and making it all the more time-consuming. 

The benefits to IV Glutathione?

A high absorption rate.  A more ‘instant’ effect.

The cons? 

1) Expense. Getting a Glutathione infusion can be expensive, costing upwards of £150 for a single infusion at most registered clinics.

2) Time expense.  It doesn’t just cost money, it also costs time, taking between 30 minutes to 1 hour for an infusion to take place.

3) Varied effectiveness. How well the Glutathione is absorbed will vary between person to person, so don’t think just because you are having an IV infusion, you’ll see results any faster.

What We Recommend

Whichever is best for you. All three methods of supplementation provide the body with sufficient absorption. The question of which to take all comes down to you, your affordability, and which method you consider most practical for your lifestyle.

Sure enough, the most practical method of supplementing with Glutathione include Oral Glutathione Supplements and Liposomal Glutathione.   The least practical of the three is Intravenous Glutathione, which can be too expensive for the average person and too time-consuming to upkeep for the working busy adult. 

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