What’s the Best Type of Glutathione For You?

What's the Best Type of Glutathione For You?

The whitening craze in the Philippines doesn’t show any signs of dying down anytime soon. But with the number of glutathione types in the market today, it’s understandable why women would find it challenging to choose the right type of glutathione for them. As of my last count, there are five glutathione types by route of administration. Some users choose to use just one type at a time, and some, two combined for faster results. Aside from that, it is important to consider that glutathione types offering a higher absorption rate also provide anti-aging and anti-oxidant health benefits compared to others with low absorption rates. Here’s a rundown of the five types of glutathione you can choose from, and what you need to know about each one before deciding on which type to try:

What's the Best Type of Glutathione For You?

1. Topical (Lotions) – Glutathione lotions are by far the most accessible and available glutathione type in the market. It is also the most affordable and less invasive type among glutathione types. Some examples of glutathione lotions are Avon’s Skin So Soft, Gluta-C, Gluta Advanced, and GlutaMax. It has also been proven in a study that the use of glutatione lotions can decrease the amount of melanin in the skin, as well as improve the moisture content, prevent formation of wrinkles, and enhance skin smoothness as early as the first few weeks of use. However, compared to the other types, this is the least effective type of glutathione and slowest in achieving desired results because it only works on the surface of the skin and is not absorbed by the body. There is also no systemic change in skin complexion if only applied to select parts of the body — for example, if the glutathione lotion is only applied to the arms, only the arms will achieve a fairer complexion after weeks of use.

Pros:

  • Non-invasive and safe
  • Affordable
  • Is available in all leading supermarkets and drugstores
  • Can be administered without help from professionals

Cons:

  • Not absorbed in the bloodstread
  • Does not increase glutathione levels in the blood. Only has a 3% (for soaps) and 5% (creams) absorption rate
  • Can whiten the skin unevenly if not applied all over the body
  • Would take longer to see the effects
What's the Best Type of Glutathione For You?

Transdermal Glutathione

2. Transdermal (Glutathione Patch) – The second least invasive method of taking glutathione is the use of transdermal glutathione patch. The most popular brand here in the Philippines is the Luminous Glutathione, one that is relatively new in the market, but has been tried and tested and proven to be US FDA-approved. This type of glutathione is administered with a patch on the surface of the skin, and the patch is kept on for eight hours. Despite the non-invasive and pain-free administration, the absorption rate is 95% and is absorbed gradually without causing a surge in the glutathione levels in the bloodstream. Noticeable effect can be seen in the second to third week of use. The only downside of use is the price of the product, currently priced at Php 460 per patch, or Php 6850 per 15 pieces of the gluta patch which can last for a month.

Pros:

  • Non-invasive and safe
  • High absorption rate at 95%
  • Absorbs gradually
  • Can be administered without professional help

Cons:

  • Expensive, but costs the fraction of IV glutathione
  • Only one brand available in the Philippines right now

What's the Best Type of Glutathione For You?

3. Oral (Pills) – This is the most popular form of glutathione administration in the Philippines as supported and promoted by numerous celebrities and personalities. There are a number of brands available in leading drugstores, such as Met Tathione, Snow Caps, Belo Glutathione, and Ishigaki. It is easy to administer, and the recommended dose is one to two pills daily not exceeding 1000 mg per day. Absorption rate is at a low 12% for this type of glutathione administration, and can be decreased even more once it is in the stomach, where gastric acid can destroy and prevent effective absorption into the bloodstream. Price ranges from Php 700-2500 for your monthly supply.

Pros:

  • Non-invasive and safe
  • Second least expensive type of glutathione
  • Many brands to choose from
  • Absorbs gradually
  • Can be administered without professional help
  • Can be taken any time of the day

Cons:

  • Second lowest absorption rate at 12%
  • Absorption can be diminished by gastric acid in the stomach
  • Since this is one of the more common types of glutathione, fake oral glutathione have been making its way into the market, so extra caution and due diligence is needed before experimenting with less known oral glutathione brands. Some of these fake oral glutathione have been proven to have toxic side effects to the body.

What's the Best Type of Glutathione For You?

4. Sublingual – There are two types of sublingual glutathione that I have been acquainted with. First is the lozenge form, such as with Thiocell Glutathione. You just pop it in your mouth like candy and wait for it to completely dissolve. Absorption starts immediately, and unlike oral glutathione, is not diminished by the effects of gastric acid since absorption happens sublingually (or under the tongue). Thiocell is taken once-twice a day, but can be taken as much as four times a day as long as it does not exceed 2500 mg dosage per day.  The second form is the spray form, as seen with the Alliance in Motion (also known as AiM) Global’s Whitelight L-Glutathione Spray. It is taken by spraying under the tongue 2-3x daily. It has just about the same effects as oral glutathione, but boasts of its 100% absorption rate. It is absorbed quickly and efficiently in the bloodstream.

Pros:

  • Non-invasive and safe
  • Immediately absorbed into the bloodstream with a 100% absorption rate
  • Can be administered without professional help
  • Can be taken any time of the day, but ideal time would be in the morning when glutathione levels are at their lowest

Cons:

  • Priced at Php 2600 for 30 capsuled for Thiocell, and Php 1900 for 1-2 months supply of WhiteLight.
  • Not a lot of brands to choose from

What's the Best Type of Glutathione For You?

5. Intravenous – Among the different glutathione types, the intravenous or IV glutathione is the most expensive type, most complicated to administer, and poses the highest risk. It is arguably also the most effective type since it is already administered in the bloodstream. Some of the more popular IV glutathione brands include Saluta, Tationil, and BeauOxi White Plus. Many cosmetic and skincare derma clinics also offer IV glutathione products, as well as IV administration by a doctor or an IV therapy-licensed nurse for an additional fee.

The downside of taking in glutathione intravenously, aside from the price, is that you will need a medical professional skilled in administering medications via the IV route. This means having to look for a qualified person to do this and paying them a fee of Php 100-500 pesos to administer the medication. Not to mention, if you’re afraid of needles, blood, and pain, this glutathione type might not be for you. Lastly, the medication is administered for ten minutes, and is absorbed immediately with an absorption rate of 100%. The sudden elevation of glutathione levels in the bloodstream might shock your liver and might cause more harm than good to your body.

Pros:

  • Many brands to choose from
  • Immediately absorbed into the bloodstream with a 100% absorption rate
  • Deemed most effective glutathione type

Cons:

  • Invasive and Painful
  • Sudden and abrupt elevation of glutathione levels in the bloodstream
  • Cannot be administered without professional help
  • Expensive

Conclusion: At the end of the day, only you can decide which one’s the best glutathione type for you. Consider your budget, schedule, and risk and pain tolerance when choosing a brand to try. Also make sure to practice due diligence before exploring new brands in the market. Taking glutathione is not only great for achieving fairer skin, but it’s also very effective in boosting your immune system and giving you more energy for your day-to-day tasks. Make sure to test different types of glutathione first before deciding to settle.-HANA

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