While there are several factors to consider when looking for glutathione (GSH) supplements, perhaps the most important is absorbability, since your supplement isn’t much good if your body can’t take it in. There are several ways supplements supply this miracle molecule, but not all of them are the best way to absorb glutathione.
Getting More Glutathione
Generally, our bodies synthesize glutathione using amino acids from food. But there are many reasons this supply can fall short of demand.
GSH synthesis declines with age (just as we need it most) and GSH stores can be quickly depleted by trauma from illness or injury. The high level of toxins we encounter in our modern lives also takes a toll on our detoxification processes.
Some choose to get more GSH by eating foods that promote GSH production, particularly cysteine, one of the building blocks of GSH. Foods good for this include:
- Fruits: avocado, strawberries, papaya, peaches, oranges, bananas
- Vegetables: spinach, potatoes, okra, carrots, pinto beans, peas, broccoli
- Meat and Fish: hamburger, chicken, cod fish, liver, pork chop, eggs
Oral Glutathione Supplements Aren’t Very Effective
When diet isn’t enough, many people turn to glutathione supplements. Pills and capsules are a relatively inexpensive delivery method, but unfortunately perhaps the least effective. Auro founder Dr. Nayan Patel explains:
“The problem with oral glutathione supplements is that, once the active GSH enters the system, digestive enzymes in the gut dissolve and eat most of it up. It’s not easy to tell how much glutathione actually gets absorbed but an educated estimate has it at about 15 percent at best…” Glutathione Revolution
Glutathione IVs Provide a Short Term Boost
Another popular way to get GSH is through IV infusions or vitamin shots. This delivers the whole GSH molecule directly to the bloodstream and research shows this can be helpful in some cases, particularly for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
However, this treatment is not yet FDA approved and it must be administered by qualified medical staff. Additionally, we don’t have evidence that it raises GSH levels in the long term as GSH given by IV is quickly processed by the body.
Transdermal Formulas are the Best Way to Absorb Glutathione
The safest and most effective way to supplement GSH is with a transdermal spray or cream. By using sub-nanotechnology to reduce the GSH molecule, transdermal formulas like Auro’s patented Glutaryl deliver GSH into the lipid channels of the skin. This makes it much easier for the body to absorb the full dose and send it right to work.
Transdermal GSH is also quick to apply anywhere on the body, making it ideal for home use and simple to add to your existing self-care routine. Auro supplements also come with ongoing support! Reach out to us any time to get your questions and concerns answered fast.
There’s certainly plenty of good reasons to keep your glutathione levels high. Fortunately, a transdermal spray is an effective solution for absorbing GSH and is currently the best way to absorb glutathione.
To learn more about glutathione’s antioxidant powers, check out All About Glutathione or The Benefits of Glutathione. To learn more about increasing GSH through diet, including easy-to-follow action plans, check out Dr. Nayan Patel’s comprehensive guide Glutathione Revolution.