Glutathione first became popular because of its power to whiten skin faster than any other ingredient available on the market. And because of this, it has been one of the most common must-haves of Asians who want to achieve fairer or brighter skin.
But glutathione is more than just a skin whitener.
It is naturally being produced by our liver for the detoxification of free radicals. And it is being referred to as the “wonder drug” because of its strong antioxidant properties.
In a clinical setting, glutathione is directly injected into the vein or bloodstream and is used as an additional treatment for severe liver diseases and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
So what are the benefits of glutathione for people who do not have liver problems or cancer?
There are still mixed views about the benefits of glutathione. But some studies claim that it can reduce oxidative stress, decrease resistance to insulin, improve the burning of fat, help control autoimmune diseases, and increase blood circulation. Hence, it has secondary effects on clearer and brighter skin.
How is it taken or used?
There are three ways: topically, orally, and intravenously.
There are some who believe that more is absorbed intravenously, whereas, others believe that a daily dose orally is better with topical administration being the least absorbed.
Although more studies are needed to back up the claims about glutathione especially with regards to its skin benefits, positive feedbacks continue to increase.
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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.