IV For Beauty?

SHE Carribean Magazine - - BODY SHOP -

My girl­friend is a doc­tor, which means that words like “glu­tathione” reg­u­larly arise in gen­eral con­ver­sa­tions. Prid­ing my­self on a vast knowl­edge of every­thing health and beau­tyre­lated, I was sur­prised to hear about the ben­e­fits of glu­tathione, a su­per an­tiox­i­dant that boosts liver, brain and im­mune func­tion, while in­creas­ing the ef­fi­ciency of all the body's in­ter­nal sys­tems. My friend, Dr. Des­mer Des­tang, ex­plained that when de­liv­ered through an IV, glu­tathione works by elim­i­nat­ing harm­ful pol­lu­tants and free rad­i­cals that could cause cel­lu­lar dam­age and skin ageing. So of course, I de­cided to give it a try!

For ten con­sec­u­tive Thurs­days, I found my­self at her clinic get­ting the shot. Go­ing back to my text books, it seems like the in­for­ma­tion was al­ways there but I'd some­how missed it. Ac­cord­ing to the re­search, there are many causes of glu­tathione lev­els de­creas­ing in the body, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins, poor diet, stress, ageing, in­fec­tions, chemo­ther­apy and pol­lu­tion.

As glu­tathione lev­els de­crease, sup­ple­men­ta­tion be­comes nec­es­sary and, like many other an­tiox­i­dants, it's avail­able in cap­sules, tablets and pow­ders. But re­search also shows that it is dif­fi­cult to ab­sorb through the gas­troin­testi­nal tract, so even tak­ing a very high dosage of glu­tathione oral sup­ple­ments leads to a barely no­tice­able in­crease in the blood­stream.

So the best way to in­crease glu­tathione lev­els is through in­tra­venous treat­ments, and Dr. Des­tang ex­plained that many of her col­leagues are suc­cess­fully us­ing it to treat more se­ri­ous con­di­tions such as Parkin­son's Dis­ease, and as an anti-ox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory.

It has been used with mas­sive suc­cess to brighten and even out blotchy skin tone, which I found to be true in my ex­pe­ri­ence. I also no­ticed other ben­e­fits such as in­creased en­ergy, im­proved mood and a de­crease in break­outs.

Ten glu­tathione in­jec­tions over a span of ten weeks are re­quired to see re­sults, al­though I started see­ing a dif­fer­ence af­ter the third one. More in­jec­tions and/or higher doses will be needed for bet­ter re­sults.

A word of warn­ing though: This treat­ment is not a good idea if you are nee­dle pho­bic!

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