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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.

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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

a woman looking up with her eyes closed, both her arms spread out to her side with green grass in the backgroundOne of the most powerful antioxidants in the body, glutathione plays a crucial role in a number of vital body functions.

  • Naturally recycles other antioxidants – glutathione is often referred to as the ‘Master antioxidant’ due to its abilities to recycle other antioxidants such as vitamins E and vitamins C.
  • Helps manufacture DNA – the infrastructure of cells and proteins within the body.
  • Helps produce 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.
  • Glutathione supplements may improve symptoms of conditions – such as autoimmune disorders, respiratory conditions, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or peripheral artery disease.
  • May reduce insulin resistance – especially in the elderly.
  • Can help reduce cell damage – resulting from fatty liver disease.
  • Can promote faster recovery from Covid-19 – and helps decrease symptoms of long Covid.

Glutathione Side Effects

man sitting on a bench holding his head in frustrationGlutathione 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.

Is Glutathione Safe?

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 much glutathione per day you are 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 and consult with your doctor regularly about how much glutathione to take.

How to Take Glutathione Effectively?

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 such as Pills and Liquids

herbs and pills in cups and bowlsGlutathione 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 therapy.

Glutathione IV Therapy Treatments

woman smiling and enjoying her IV treatment while sitting on a couchAn 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.

Glutathione-rich Diet

glutathione-rich healthy food on a wooden plate, such as low-fat meat, eggs, nuts, vegetables and fruitsOne 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.1 Generally derived from dietary proteins, there are several vegetarian sources of dietary 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

Keep in mind to not exceed the recommended daily intake of glutathione.

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 but also to find out when is the best time to take glutathione.

Can Glutathione help Combat COVID-19?

a woman adjusting her medical face mask for Covid with both hands and looking into the distanceThe 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.2 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-19.3

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

How does At-home Mobile IV Treatments 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 below 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:

The addition of the antioxidant glutathione in these IV treatments is also known as ‘Glutathione Push’ therapy.

Get Glutathione IV Therapy in

Our experts can help you enhance your immune system, recover from sickness, or workout. Treatments are easier than ever with nearby locations and flexible scheduling.

Our Glutathione IV Therapy is available in various forms, including the popular "glutathione push," which is a single shot containing a supercharged dose of the powerful antioxidant. Also, Glutathione is included in our Immune Boost IV Treatment, Super Immune Boost IV Treatment, Recovery IV Treatment, Beauty IV Treatment, and All-Inclusive IV Treatment, to name a few. These therapies boost immunity, energy, and happiness.

Feel your best. Schedule your appointment now to start your journey to a healthier, happier self. You may be certain that you are in excellent hands with our team of knowledgeable experts. Glutathione IV Therapy can maximize your health and wellbeing journey, so act soon.

Glutathione - Frequently Asked Questions

What is glutathione?

Glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid are the building blocks for the compound glutathione. It is created by the liver and is used by several bodily functions. Glutathione helps with the production of chemicals and proteins required by the body, as well as immune system activity.

What are the benefits of taking glutathione?

Taking glutathione has many benefits including:

  • Reducing oxidative stress
  • Reducing cell damage in alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver disease
  • Improves insulin resistance in older people
  • Increase mobility for people with peripheral artery disease
  • Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Might help fight autoimmune diseases
  • Might reduce oxidative damage in children with autism
  • Might reduce the impact of uncontrolled diabetes
  • Might reduce respiratory disease symptoms
  • Might improve psoriasis

Does glutathione help reduce oxidative stress?

According to one research, glutathione either increases or decreases the body's immune response, which helps alleviate oxidative stress. Diseases with an autoimmune component damage particular cells' mitochondria. By scavenging free radicals, glutathione protects the mitochondria of the cell.

Glutathione IV Therapy vs supplements

Glutathione supplementation has been related to digestive problems, such as bloating or stomach cramps. Intravenous glutathione provides the antioxidant directly to your cells by totally avoiding the digestive system.

Glutathione for heavy trauma recovery

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which can be caused by heavy trauma. However, the body's ability to produce Glutathione may be impaired by heavy trauma, and additional Glutathione may be needed to support the body's natural healing processes. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment for heavy trauma recovery.

What are the differences between Glutathione and NAC?

Glutathione and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) are both natural compounds with antioxidant properties. However, they differ in the way they are used by the body and in their potential health benefits. Glutathione is a tripeptide naturally produced by the body, while NAC is a precursor to Glutathione that can be taken as a supplement. Glutathione is known for its ability to support the immune system and protect against cell damage, while NAC is primarily used to support respiratory health and may have potential benefits for mental health.

What is Liposomal Glutathione?

Liposomal glutathione is a form of the antioxidant glutathione that is encased in liposomes. Liposomes are tiny spheres made of phospholipids, the same material that makes up the cell membrane. The liposomes protect the glutathione and allow it to be absorbed more efficiently into the body.

Can you combine vitamins with Glutathione?

Combining vitamins with glutathione may help to ensure that the body has sufficient levels of these nutrients to support optimal health. Some studies have suggested that the combination of vitamins with glutathione may have specific health benefits. For example, some research has found that this combination may help to support healthy brain function and protect against cognitive decline. Other studies have suggested that the combination may help to support healthy liver function and protect against liver disease.

What are the signs of Glutathione deficiency?

Some of the most common signs of glutathione deficiency include fatigue, muscle weakness, and difficulty exercising. A deficiency of glutathione may also cause the skin to become dry and flaky, and may contribute to the development of skin conditions such as eczema.

Additionally, a deficiency of glutathione may impair the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections and diseases. Some people with a deficiency of glutathione may experience increased susceptibility to colds and flu, and may develop chronic infections more easily.

Furthermore, a deficiency of glutathione may affect the liver, leading to liver damage and potentially contributing to the development of liver disease. Some people with a deficiency of glutathione may experience symptoms such as jaundice, in which the skin and whites of the eyes become yellow.

How does Glutathione help skin health?

Glutathione is a natural compound found in the body that plays a crucial role in maintaining skin health and appearance. It is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin cells from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to premature aging and skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Glutathione also helps to maintain an even skin tone and can improve the overall appearance of the skin by making it look brighter and more youthful. In addition, it can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemishes, giving the skin a more even and radiant appearance.

What IV therapy blends include Glutathione?

We have quite a few IV Therapy blends that contain glutathione including: Immune Boost, Recovery IV Treatment, Super Immune Boost, All-Inclusive IV Treatment, NAD+ Boost, and Beauty IV Treatment.

How does Glutathione help with liver health?

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the liver from damage caused by toxins, such as alcohol and other harmful substances. Glutathione also helps to break down these toxins, making them easier for the liver to process and eliminate from the body. In addition, glutathione plays a key role in supporting the overall health and function of the liver, helping to keep it working properly and efficiently.


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[3] Polonikov A. Endogenous Deficiency of Glutathione as the Most Likely Cause of Serious Manifestations and Death in COVID-19 Patients. ACS Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 10.;