What is the Most Effective Way to Take Glutathione?

Glutathione is a dynamic antioxidant that has gained headlines for its potential health benefits. How you take Glutathione can make all the difference in its effectiveness. To ensure that you’re getting the most out of this powerful antioxidant, here are three different ways to take glutathione safely and effectively.

What is glutathione and why do you need it?

Glutathione is a substance consisting largely of 3 amino acids: Glutamine, Cysteine and Glycine. Found in many plants and animals, nearly every organism found on Earth contains some glutathione in its cells. Glutathione is naturally produced by our bodies in the liver, which makes it unique among most other antioxidants, which are primarily obtained through supplementation or diet.

Glutathione levels in the body can be diminished by factors such as stress, environmental toxins as well as poor nutrition. Those without sufficient levels of glutathione may find themselves at risk of serious health conditions including stroke, Alzheimer’s, or significant heart disease. But, when glutathione levels are normal, the risk of these potential health issues can be decreased. Normal glutathione levels also support healthy energy reserves with an unmatched focus and mental clarity.

The dilemma in all of this is that your body also does not produce as much glutathione with age, making it especially challenging for older adults to get enough of this antioxidant on a daily basis.

The benefits of glutathione

One of the most powerful antioxidants in the body, glutathione plays a crucial role in a number of vital body functions.

  • Glutathione is often referred to as the ‘Master antioxidant’ due to its abilities to naturally recycle other antioxidants such as Vitamins E and C.
  • It also helps manufacture DNA, the infrastructure of cells and proteins within the body.
  • It helps produce the proteins that construct muscle and skin tissues.
  • Imperative for the detoxification process, glutathione helps process and flush drugs, pollutants, and naturally-created chemicals from the body.
  • Supplements may improve symptoms of conditions such as Autoimmune disorders, Respiratory conditions, Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or Peripheral artery disease.
  • May improve insulin resistance in the elderly.
  • Can help reduce cell damage resulting from fatty liver disease.
  • Can promote faster recovery from Covid-19 and help decrease symptoms of long Covid.

Glutathione side effects

Glutathione is a naturally-produced antioxidant that declines as we age. Absorbing glutathione from eating foods rich in glutathione does not present any health risks. Supplementation is common and a relatively safe treatment.

However, there are side effects that can occur if you overload on glutathione or take it over a long period of time. A healthcare expert can evaluate your diet and health concerns to determine if glutathione supplements are appropriate for you. Dosage can vary on a case-by-case basis depending on various factors that may influence your natural glutathione levels.

Some of the side effects of glutathione supplementation include:

  • Decline in zinc levels: Long-term supplementation of glutathione has been linked to low zinc levels. If you struggle with zinc deficiencies, you may want to discuss this possibility with your healthcare provider before taking glutathione.
  • May trigger asthma attacks: Glutathione has been associated with triggering asthma attacks in inhaled forms. It also has been linked to bronchial constriction. People with asthma should consult their medical provider before supplementing glutathione and look for signs of resulting asthma triggers like wheezing.
  • Abdominal cramps and bloating: Supplementing glutathione orally may cause cramps or bloating.
  • Allergic reaction: Some people may experience an allergic reaction to glutathione, like rash, pale skin, or heartbeat changes.

How long does it take to see results from glutathione?

Glutathione has a relatively slow process in getting your body’s fat cells to release fatty acids. The amount of time it takes for you to see results will vary depending on how many milligrams of Glutathione you’re taking and your weight.

For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, it could take up to 90 days of taking 2 grams of Glutathione before you see results. However, if you weigh 250 pounds, it could be as few as 45 days before you start noticing results. The best way to determine how long it takes to start seeing changes with Glutathione supplements is by tracking your progress at regular intervals.

What is the best way to take glutathione?

There are many ways to increase glutathione levels in your body. Using one or a combination of methods can help ensure you are getting the optimal amounts to support whole-body health. Before making any purchase, though, make sure you understand how each of these methods works and what they might do for your body.

Oral supplements – pills and liquids

Glutathione is now available in an enhanced-absorption liposomal pill as well as capsule form for you to supplement it directly. In addition to capsules and tablets, you can find it in powder form. Regularly suggested to treat health conditions including heart disease and Alzheimer’s, glutathione is also featured in dermatology to combat the physical signs of aging.

Be sure to read the labels to make sure you are getting it in a highly-absorbable form that helps to sustain optimal levels.
It’s important to remember that oral supplements may not be the best choice for everyone. Because supplement forms can cause stomach discomfort for some people, you may benefit more from getting a glutathione IV drip.

IV treatments

An IV infusion blend of nourishing vitamins and fluids featuring glutathione delivers the powerful antioxidant directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract where full absorption is not assured. Once it’s been introduced to the bloodstream, glutathione is then transported through the body, including the heart, brain and lungs, allowing your cells to reap its enormous rewards and detoxifying qualities.

Supplementing glutathione with an IV therapy drip is an ideal combination as glutathione is broken down during the digestive process. As such, infusions offer a superior absorption rate than oral supplementation and work more quickly than diet changes.

However, not everyone can have a glutathione IV infusion due to health conditions or other factors. If you’re among those who need a solution that doesn’t involve needle injections, oral supplements and diet can help restore normal levels.


One way we can make sure our bodies manufacture enough glutathione is by crafting a diet featuring plenty of foods that contain high levels of the antioxidant. Consuming glutathione-rich foods is an ideal way to boost the body’s natural production while helping it ward off disease, inflammation and infections. Expanding your daily intake of foods that are rich in Selenium, Whey Protein, Vitamin C, and Turmeric can also help increase and promote glutathione production.

Recent human and animal studies have shown that eating foods that are rich in sulfur can also work to decrease oxidative stress by naturally increasing glutathione levels. Generally derived from dietary proteins, there are several vegetarian sources of Sulfur, as well.

Reach for snacks or meals featuring any of the following, sulfur-rich foods in your diet to naturally boost glutathione production:

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Beef
  • Mustard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Watercress
  • Onions

What To Avoid When Taking Glutathione

There is not enough research to confirm the safety of glutathione supplementation for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, so supplementation should be avoided. While there are no known severe medication interactions, there are numerous mild interactions with various medications. You should consult your healthcare provider if you are taking prescription medications before supplementing glutathione.

How does mobile IV treatment work?

Glutathione IV therapy is one of the most effective ways to increase levels of this antioxidant, as an IV drip allows almost-immediate absorption through the bloodstream. Infusions can deliver results in a more accelerated manner than when compared to oral administration.

Whether you’ve chosen one of the IV treatments highlighted above featuring glutathione or decided on one of Drip Hydration’s many other patented IV blends, you can be assured your treatment will be administered by a registered nurse for a safe and comfortable infusion experience.

Here’s what to expect during your treatment:

  • Select a cozy spot on the couch or your favorite chair as you will need to remain still for the duration of the treatment.
  • Once your nurse has administered your IV (usually placed in the arm), the fluid will then drip from the bag through a catheter before entering your body and bloodstream.
  • During your IV therapy session, you will need to remain stationary so as not to dislodge the catheter, but beyond that, you can feel free to catch up on your favorite show, read a few chapters of your new book, or scroll away at the timeline on your phone.
  • Your IV therapy will conclude in about an hour, after which you’ll be ready to take on the world with a refreshed outlook and renewed vigor.

If you’ve been feeling sluggish at work or during social activities, haven’t been getting the quantity or quality of sleep needed, or are getting over a cold, an IV drip containing glutathione can have you looking and feeling rejuvenated in no time. Drip Hydration currently offers infusion blends containing glutathione in our Immune, Super Immune, and All Inclusive IV treatments.

Can glutathione help combat COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused overwhelming damage to the world’s population in countless ways. In many cases, the virus brings with it mild symptoms or asymptomatic advancement. For those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, at an advanced age, or living with issues like hypertension or diabetes, COVID-19 can quickly become a destructive and even fatal condition.

A prevailing factor in conditions affiliated with COVID-19 appears to be the impaired redox homeostasis pledged to reactive oxygen species (ROS) buildup. Depleted levels of glutathione have been shown to be clinically connected to serious disease, with major deficiencies an associated contributor to severe symptoms and death due to COVID-19.

Accordingly, restoring and maintaining healthy levels of glutathione may be significant factors in preventing severe cases of COVID-19.

In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.

You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!