Glutathione and Skin Health

AustinMD where Science meets Beauty, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin from the inside out.   The health and appearance of our skin are a reflection of the health of our entire body internally.  Think of your skin as a mirror if you will to either the health and vitality within or the levels of inflammation and toxicity.  Skin is the largest organ in the human body and the health and integrity of our skin are affected by multiple factors.  It is well known that inflammation and oxidative stress can damage our health and our skin.

Glutathione is a master antioxidant and detoxifier that is produced in every cell of our body.  Glutathione or any products like glutathione IV therapy is our ally in healthy aging, immunity, and detoxification. Glutathione helps to safeguard our cells from the negative effects of excessive inflammation caused by poor dietary choices, pesticides, pollutants, toxins, stress, medications, and infections working to neutralize and eliminate toxins from the body.

Research has shown that when we supplement with glutathione, we help our skin remain brighter by preventing melanin generation (melanin is a pigment in your skin).  Taking 250 mg orally for 4 weeks resulted in a statistical improvement in skin texture, brightness, and the appearance of wrinkles. (Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology Volume 2017:10: 147-153.)  Research has demonstrated that glutathione deficiency leads to increased levels of oxidative stress and conversely that elevated levels raised antioxidant levels.

Depletion of Glutathione:

Levels of glutathione can easily become depleted with the excessive body burden of toxins we face in the 21st Century.  In addition, other factors such as the use of tobacco products, excessive alcohol consumption, UV radiation, and the aging process itself deplete our glutathione levels.

In addition, certain individuals have genetic variants that hinder the production of enzymes necessary to produce and recycle glutathione in the body.  At AustinMD, we have the ability to test for the genes involved in glutathione metabolism and well as your glutathione levels.

When we are not able to produce enough glutathione to meet these increasing demands, our health and skin show the damaging effects.

How to Increase Glutathione Levels:

There are many ways to boost the production of glutathione such as eating sulfur-rich foods.  A short list of these foods would include:

  • Pastured organic eggs
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Cruciferous vegetables
    • Arugula
    • Broccoli
    • Brussel Sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Dark leafy greens (all)
    • Cauliflower
  • Whey protein
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Lentils

Numerous other antioxidants and herbs support the production and recycling of glutathione in our bodies as well.

Moderate exercise also boosts your glutathione levels and antioxidant defenses.  Be sure to start slowly and incorporate both aerobic exercise and well-strength training exercises.

As mentioned, another strategy is to supplement glutathione directly.   This can be done by liposomal oral, topical, intravenous, or intranasal administration.  We invite you to AustinMD to visit with one of our providers to learn which option is safest for you and meets your unique health needs.  In addition, our Dietitian would love to meet with you individually to determine if you have sufficient levels of the foundational nutrients necessary for the production of glutathione in your diet.

By paying close attention to our diets, lifestyle, and proper supplementation of glutathione, we can help to assure adequate levels for vibrant health and glowing skin.

Contact AustinMD Aesthetics & Wellness about glutathione IV therapy in Cedar Park, TX.

References: 

    1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5413479/pdf/ccid-10-147.pdf
    2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09546631003801619
    3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4207440/
    4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684116/
    5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684116/
    6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8317379/
    7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15650394/
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