What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a process that produces free radicals, and free radicals cause chain reactions that damage or age cells. These processes cause wrinkles and decrease the elasticity of skin, in addition to other effects.
Many refer to Glutathione as the “master antioxidant” in the body because of its pivotal role in decreasing oxidative damage to cells. Oxidative stress is believed to be implicated in the causes of systemic conditions commonly associated with aging.
Glutathione Use in Medicine
Glutathione is used to decrease oxidative damage to tissue. Many studies demonstrate that it can even out dark areas of the skin, increase elasticity, increase skin “brightness” and decrease wrinkles. There is ongoing research regarding the role of glutathione in degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and in cancer patients on chemotherapy, in addition to anti-aging studies. We believe the use of glutathione in medicine is under development and administer it for its properties regarding reducing aging on the skin.
The Glutathione that we use is manufactured in the United States and supplied by a reputable supplier. Please note that Glutathione is categorized as a supplement and therefore not regulated by the FDA as a drug.
We have recently introduced added Vitamin C to our Glutathione for improved effectiveness.
Glutathione is most easily made available to the body tissues by the intravenous route. In our clinic, our doctorate-trained Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse infuses it by placing an IV or butterfly needle in a vein and administering it slowly.
As the molecule is a naturally occurring one in your body, we understand that there are no significant side effects at the doses we use. Research is ongoing. In medicine, any treatment requires a risk to benefit analysis, so we do not recommend inhaled glutathione in people with asthma and do not recommend the use of products stored or administered in contact with latex on people with allergies to latex. Any prick with a needle, such as required for IV therapy, can be associated with rare conditions such as vein irritation, phlebitis or skin infection. These are vanishingly uncommon, as we use sterile, brand-new needles, and carefully clean the skin before infusion.
We treat with a course of weekly injections over 10 weeks. This is a commonly accepted course in the cosmetic industry.