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Which Is Best? Glutathione Drip Or Pill?

Glutathione IV Drip Or Pill – Which Is Best?

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Glutathione is available in a variety of forms, with two of the most popular being oral supplements and IV drips. Before we explain whether a glutathione drip or pill is better, let’s talk a bit more about glutathione itself.

Generally speaking, we see two types of patients for glutathione drips. Biohackers who want to decrease the amount of free radicals in the body that cause disease, and those who want better skin (we’ll talk about this more later on).

Glutathione, also referred to as the ‘master antioxidant’ is an antioxidant present in plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria and single-celled organisms, and its purpose is to protect the body’s cells from oxidative damage.

What is oxidative damage?

Oxidative damage refers to the damage sustained by cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are short-lived, uncharged molecules that roam around the body and take electrons from atoms in our cells. This process damages the cells, accelerating the ageing process. It is also thought to contribute to a number of health issues including cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes.

Glutathione helps to prevent oxidative damage by protecting cell membranes, tissues and lipids.

How do I get glutathione?

Your body’s cells naturally produce glutathione, but you can also obtain this antioxidant from food as well as supplementation. Foods that contain glutathione include avocados, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach. However, it is important to note that glutathione is poorly absorbed by the body when consumed in food. This is because much of the antioxidant is destroyed during the digestive process.

Obtaining your glutathione from other sources is especially important if you:

  • Smoke
  • Regularly consume alcohol
  • Experience intense or prolonged stress
  • Are regularly exposed to air pollution (such as that of an urban environment)
  • Have poor sleep
  • Get regular infections of any kind
  • Regularly take antibiotics
  • Are physically inactive
  • Take multiple medications for chronic diseases
  • Travel constantly (especially flying)
  • Have worsening jet lag

The benefits of glutathione

We know that glutathione helps in the prevention of oxidative damage, but what does this mean in terms of measurable benefits?

When you supplement glutathione, these are some of the benefits that you can expect:

  • Slowed signs of ageing
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation
  • More energy
  • A supported immune system, meaning better protection against illnesses
  • Faster wound healing
  • Supports cell regeneration including tissue building, cell growth, and wound healing

The great thing about booking with Harpal Clinic is that you will also benefit from the following:

  • You’ll get a consultation with us where we look at your medical history, symptoms and goals included in the cost
  • We’re medically-led. That means we use the consultation to tailor the glutathione drip to your specific needs, goals, and wider health
  • We always add vitamin C to the glutathione to increase absorption
  • You can add additional nutrients to further tailor the treatment
  • We try to educate you so you leave feeling more knowledgeable about your health

Our IV nurse, Elisabeth, sees first-hand the results that glutathione brings: “At the beginning of their course patients usually remark on how well they feel, that they have more energy, a better quality of sleep. Sometimes skin texture can also be improved after just one dose – their skin may feel softer, look more even, and have a glow.

“Patients who get the most dramatic results are those who have completed more than one course of glutathione. Patients will often notice improvements in addition to their area of concern. For example, one patient noticed that since they started their course of glutathione the ingrown hairs around the bikini line disappeared, others comment that they’ve never felt so well, that their yearly hayfever didn’t amount to anything, and that they feel their lung function has improved and they are using their inhalers less if they have asthma. I even had one lady with chronic pain who after two courses no longer needed to walk with a stick because she felt so much better*. I love when patients have unexpected benefits from glutathione – it can be truly life changing for some. Like the improved asthma and lung function, improved sleep or energy, which we have noted in many patients.

“I often liken glutathione to a hotel cleaner, ‘Glutathina’ – it cleans all your rooms and gets rid of dust, dirt, polishes, and hoovers. As a powerful antioxidant, glutathione clears out the liver (and other organs) of the disease-causing free radicals that build up from our lifestyles and environment.”

*patient’s own assessment of what helped her

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Glutathione side effects: Skin brightening

One of the side effects of glutathione is that you may experience skin whitening. Its ability to bring uniformity to complexions is appealing to those with an uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation) from acne, scarring or lifestyle factors (for example: sun damage, age, hormones).

How does glutathione brighten the skin? Once it enters the body, glutathione hinders the glycosylation (a form of protein modification) of tyrosinase, the enzyme that produces melanin. When tyrosinase is less abundant, the production of melanin is impeded, resulting in less skin pigmentation. It is this that brightens the appearance of scars and uneven tone.

IV nurse Elisabeth adds: “At the first consultation, I always tell patients to take weekly selfies of their face or areas of concern. Because glutathione has a cumulative effect, people won’t always notice instant results but when they look back over photos, there is usually a clear improvement.

“I love it when patients really commit themselves to glutathione, and their skin ends up beautiful and glowing. We see a lot of patients who are preparing for their wedding and want their skin to look and feel amazing for the wedding photos.”

So which is better? Is IV glutathione better than oral pills?

So, down to the big question! Is IV glutathione better than oral? It depends on which best suits your lifestyle and what kind of results you would like to see.

Oral supplements
Benefits
Disadvantages
  • Easy to ingest if you are used to swallowing oral supplements
  • Can be taken at home – no need to visit a clinic
  • Can be purchased over the counter
  • Takes very little time to administer
  • A large percentage of the glutathione is lost during the digestive process, making it less effective than an IV drip
  • Takes longer to see results
  • Must remember to take the supplement daily
  • May be difficult to swallow for those who are not used to taking oral supplements
  • The supplements may be sensitive to heat and humidity, which means adequate storage must be considered
  • The supplements may be bleached or contain fillers such as lactose
  • Good quality supplements are expensive
  • Not all supplements are created equal so bioavailability of glutathione can vary largely between brands
IV drip
Benefits
Disadvantages
  • A much higher percentage of this antioxidant is absorbed by the body
  • The glutathione is not combined with fillers – at the most, a saline solution is used, which is commonplace in IV applications
  • Our glutathione is medical grade and designed for internal use
  • Additional vitamins can be added to create a bespoke formula
  • You’ll feel the benefits quicker
  • No need to remember to take a daily supplement
  • Not as expensive as you might think!
  • Option of a push or drip – learn about the difference here
  • May not be suited to those who are uncomfortable with needles
  • Must go to a clinic to have the IV administered by a professional
  • People with history of poor liver function and kidney function are not suitable to receive glutathione
  • As with any medication, there is risk of side effects, albeit very low
Oral supplements
Benefits
  • Easy to ingest if you are used to swallowing oral supplements
  • Can be taken at home – no need to visit a clinic
  • Can be purchased over the counter
  • Takes very little time to administer
Disadvantages
  • A large percentage of the glutathione is lost during the digestive process, making it less effective than an IV drip
  • Takes longer to see results
  • Must remember to take the supplement daily
  • May be difficult to swallow for those who are not used to taking oral supplements
  • The supplements may be sensitive to heat and humidity, which means adequate storage must be considered
  • The supplements may be bleached or contain fillers such as lactose
  • Good quality supplements are expensive
  • Not all supplements are created equal so bioavailability of glutathione can vary largely between brands
IV drip
Benefits
  • A much higher percentage of this antioxidant is absorbed by the body
  • The glutathione is not combined with fillers – at the most, a saline solution is used, which is commonplace in IV applications
  • Our glutathione is medical grade and designed for internal use
  • Additional vitamins can be added to create a bespoke formula
  • You’ll feel the benefits quicker
  • No need to remember to take a daily supplement
  • Not as expensive as you might think!
  • Option of a push or drip – learn about the difference here
Disadvantages
  • May not be suited to those who are uncomfortable with needles
  • Must go to a clinic to have the IV administered by a professional
  • People with history of poor liver function and kidney function are not suitable to receive glutathione
  • As with any medication, there is risk of side effects, albeit very low

As you can see, there are not many disadvantages to having a glutathione IV drip or push. Appointments can be carried out in your lunch break, and our clinic is centrally located for London patients. Once you are happy with your results, glutathione should be topped up regularly with maintenance doses.

Learn more about the difference between drips and oral supplements.

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