Do you want to feel great and look better than you ever thought possible? Here’s the secret: Do it naturally. Work with your body’s anti-aging systems, not against them. A glutathione injection may sound synthetic, but it’s the most natural way to revitalize the body with a detoxifying set of amino acids found naturally in your cells. By increasing the presence of glutathione in your cells, you can reap all the rewards of feeling more confident at work and play. Experience reinvigoration at a cellular level. Find out everything you need to know about getting glutathione injections or as part of your IV vitamin therapy here.
What Is Glutathione?
Glutathione is a combination of three amino acids made in your liver. The liver’s most important jobs are to help the body effectively process food, metabolize medications, and eliminate toxins. Glutathione’s role is to support this effort by seeking out free radicals and detoxifying the body. When it teams up with the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, it can help your body convert harmful substances into less harmful or inactive ones. Finally, glutathione plays an important role in the transport of amino acids between cells.
Fun fact: Plants also make glutathione, and it plays a similar role in their life cycles.
What Are the Benefits of Glutathione Injections?
Because this tripeptide of amino acids targets toxins, it can reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress describes an imbalance in essential cellular functions in the body. This imbalance can lead to fatigue, disease, and even cancer.
Reducing oxidative stress in the body can prevent and slow the progression of cancer. It can also help your body better manage the symptoms of:
- Inflammatory diseases.
- Insulin resistance.
- Colitis and IBS.
- The effects of overconsumption of alcohol—to a certain extent. Getting glutathione certainly doesn’t give free rein to abuse substances without recourse.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Autoimmune disorders.
Reducing oxidative stress can help you look and feel younger, healthier, and more vibrant every day. Though this antioxidant may help with symptoms of certain diseases, the reason it is so popular is because of its ability to detoxify, leaving you looking and feeling great.
How Can I Get More Glutathione Naturally?
If you find that your own body’s production is lacking, you’re in luck. You can complement your own production with a supplement, or you can eat certain foods to increase production in the liver.
Foods that may increase your production include foods that contain small amounts of sulfur, such as:
- Curcumin (which is an active substance in turmeric)
Despite the fact that you may be able to increase production through your diet, given the importance of these amino acids, supplementation is suggested to ensure you’re getting enough.
How Is It Administered?
As a supplement, you can receive glutathione through:
- Injection (you can get it with your vitamin injections)
- The mouth
- IV (you can get it as part of your vitamin therapy)
IV Vitamin Therapy versus Glutathione
If you receive IV vitamin therapy here in Northern Virginia, it may include many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But these don’t necessarily include this set of amino acids. If you’re specifically interested in glutathione, you can ask your specialist here in Northern Virginia if they can add it to your IV therapy. However, for safety reasons, glutathione should only be given through injection or IV by a licensed medical provider.
Why IV Therapy or Injections Are Best
Injection and IV therapy slowly introduce a substance straight into your veins. This method bypasses the stomach and intestines, where some of the substance would be broken down and eliminated from the body. When you eat a supplement, up to 75 percent of it may be wasted in this manner. IV therapy makes this treatment more bioavailable so you need less of it to get better results.
Are There Any Risks or Concerns?
There are few known side effects of this IV therapy, but some people may be more sensitive to it than others. The treatment is generally not advised for people with asthma or similar conditions, who may experience an increase in attacks and wheezing.
It may also lower the level of zinc in the body. Zinc is essential for your body’s ability to fight infection and heal wounds, and a lack of zinc may change how food tastes or smells. In some people, a zinc deficiency can trigger headaches. However, these things are temporary, not generally serious, and do not happen to everyone. You can counteract this by receiving zinc in your IV vitamin therapy and/or eating more seafood.
There is also strong evidence that glutathione may lighten skin when applied topically, but there is no strong evidence that it does this when administered through IV or injection. If you experience skin lightening, which is temporary, you should talk to your doctor in your Northern Virginia Med Spa.