How Effective Are Glutathione Supplements?
In the last decade, more and more brands of oral glutathione supplements have been developed and sold to the market. Most of them are inexpensive and are made readily available everywhere. These supplements tout the benefits of the “Master Antioxidant” but manufacturers fail to inform consumers about one very important fact about glutathione. Glutathione does not easily pass our body’s digestive tract. What we need is a product that can provide an enriched cellular environment so WE can produce our own glutathione.
A very recent study (Sep 2011) from the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine of the Bastyr University Research Institute from Kenmore, Washington State, US was done to identify the effect of oral glutathione supplementation on intra-cellular glutathione levels and bio-markers of systemic oxidative stress in humans.
A randomized clinical trial was done on 40 healthy adults. Results state that “There were no differences in oxidative stress biomarkers between groups at baseline…changes were non-significant between groups at week 4…total reduced, oxidized and ratio measures of GSH status were also unchanged.”
This result only proves that taking oral glutathione supplements will not be beneficial for us because it will not get the job done. Glutathione is something that we need to create internally and not something that we orally take.
Fortunately, there are two breakthrough supplements by Max International that give the body all that it needs to create glutathione this way.