Glutathione is the body’s most powerful and important antioxidant, present in each and every cell in the body. It plays a pivotal role in detoxifying our cells, removing heavy metals, toxins and free radicals. All of which can damage our cells and significantly damage the quality of our cells, including skin cells. The damage to these cells have been linked to cancer, heart disease, infection and other serious disorders.
Glutathione is an amino acid that is synthesized in the body by the amino acids glycine, glutamine and cysteine. The only effective delivery method of glutathione into the body is through IV (intravenous), IM ( intramuscular) or nebulized form. A major side effect that has been observed of glutathione is skin lightening. Glutathione has been found to inhibit melanin synthesis by stopping L-Dopa’s ability to interact with tyrosine in the process of melanin production. The amino acid is protective of UV radiation that generates free radicals in the skin that cause skin damage and hyperpigmentation. Although no studies in the United States have proven that glutathione lightens skin, the biochemical effects of the amino acid lends some credence to the claims of some especially in Asian countries especially the Philippines that it does performs this function.
There is no dispute that glutathione is a powerful anti-oxidant that affects multiple systems of the body including the immune system, nervous system and the skin. There is anecdotal evidence of skin lightening, however no hard research has proven this effect.