IV For Beauty?
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!