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What Is Glutathione? Industry Expert, Dr Sushma Yadav Breaks It Down

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From granting you plump, glowing skin to warding off liver diseases, the versatility of GSH or glutathione cannot be rebuffed. As a hawkeyed wellness (beauty) writer, who trails every development in the sector — I have seen this peptide take over the health section of pharmacies wide and far (almost overnight). If you aren't privy to this blockbuster antioxidant, fret not— as I bring forth a detailed guide on glutathione uses, benefits and alleged side effects? Helming this endeavour is our onboard expert, Dr Sushma Yadav, Dermatologist and Founder of Skinology Centre in Bangalore. Scroll further for a masterclass on Glutathione by Dr Yadav. Once you are through, make an informed decision on whether you should employ the ingredient in your wellness or skincare regimen. Although, I strongly advise your doctor's discretion!

Beauty Book: What Is Glutathione?

Dr Sushma Yadav: Glutathione is an amino acid, a tripeptide compound found naturally in our bodies. It is one of the most common and powerful antioxidants which helps prevent cells from damage caused due to oxidative stress, or the chemical toxins found both within and outside (environmental) the body.

Beauty Book: What Is The Impact Of The Deficiency Of Glutathione, On The Body?

Dr Sushma Yadav: The depletion of glutathione has been associated with immune system deficiencies and neurodegenerative diseases.

Beauty Book: What Are The Benefits Of Glutathione For My Overall Health?

Dr Susham Yadav: Glutathione is essential for the immune system’s proper functioning. It has also been deemed vital for building and repairing tissue. It can help treat non-alcoholic fatty liver due to its antioxidant properties and its potential to detoxify.

Beauty Book: What Are The Benefits Of Glutathione For My Skin?

Dr Sushma Yadav: As far as skin is concerned -Glutathione is now at the forefront of skin aesthetics. Thanks to its ability to enhance the function and structure of the skin, hair and nails. It holds many anti-ageing benefits because of its natural detoxifying properties. It protects the skin against oxidative damage — which may lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Glutathione also plays a role in the production of melanin. It can help dwindle melanin production, which may have brightening effects, and lead to even skin tone.
Like melatonin, glutathione protects the skin from age spots, liver spots, brown spots, freckles and dark circles.

Beauty Book: How Can I Incorporate Glutathione In My Skincare Or Wellness Regimen?

Dr Sushma Yadav: There are several ways you can include glutathione in your health and skin care regimen. One of the popular methods is through topical skincare products. There are also oral glutathione supplements available to support healthy immune function and promote overall well-being.

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Beauty Book: What Are Some Foods Rich In Glutathione?

Dr Sushma Yadav: Antioxidants, in general, can be found in vitamins C, E, and beta-carotenoids like oranges, red (yellow) vegetables, carrots, peppers and tomatoes. Glutathione is naturally found in sulphur-rich vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprout.

Plant-based foods are the best sources of this antioxidant. Avocados, potatoes, asparagus, and spinach also contain this antioxidant. Onions, garlic and fruits like watermelon also have glutathione.

Beauty Book: What Is The Ideal Dose Of Glutathione, One Should Consume?

Dr Sushma Yadav: No serious side effects are reported in general with glutathione. It can be consumed orally with a dose of 500 mg per day and intravenously 600-1200 mg every week over a period of few weeks. While supplements may be appropriate for some people, they may not be safe for everyone as they can interact with other medications a person is taking.

Theoretically, there are not enough studies published to prove the efficacy of glutathione in every individual. So, always consult your doctor before popping these supplements.

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