Glutathione IV Therapy: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking to detoxify your body and improve your overall well-being, glutathione IV therapy may be the right answer. 

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that promotes important body functions, and intravenous treatments can be a quick and efficient way to restore your supply of this vital nutrient. 

Here we answer the most common questions about the benefits and risks of glutathione IV therapy and show you what to expect from your Reset IV treatments. 

What Are the Benefits of Glutathione IV?

Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that can prevent and repair the damage that toxins cause to the body. 

Although the human body naturally produces glutathione, factors such as age and poor diet can cause the levels of this essential antioxidant to decrease. When you are exposed to toxins such as heavy metals or environmental pollutants, glutathione is used up faster than your body can produce it. 

Glutathione deficiency can have a range of negative consequences to your health, like the development of neurological disorders and recurrent bacterial infections. Many chronic health conditions including autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, and skin disorders are often associated with insufficient glutathione. 

If your glutathione levels are low, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Painful joints
  • Depression

The most effective way to enhance your glutathione levels is glutathione IV therapy. Here are some of its major benefits:

Improving immune function and helping fight disease

Glutathione helps your immune system stay strong and protect your body against microbial, viral, and parasitic infections. By regulating the behavior of white blood cells, it can reverse the suppression of the immune system caused by chronic infections such as mononucleosis, hepatitis, herpes, and Lyme disease. 

Reducing inflammation

Glutathione plays an important role in fighting chronic inflammations. All chronic illnesses, like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, are accompanied by high levels of inflammation. Injuries and allergies can also provoke an inflammatory response. But due to environmental toxins, poor diet, and stress, inflammations don’t always subside. As a result, you suffer from chronic inflammations.

By influencing immune system cells, glutathione can control and regulate inflammation levels. Having optimal glutathione levels is of paramount importance for reducing chronic inflammations and restoring normal immune function.

Detoxifying and fighting oxidative stress

Although free radicals are a normal byproduct of cellular oxidation, they can become harmful when they accumulate faster than your body can process them. Having more free radicals than antioxidants can cause an imbalance known as oxidative stress. Low levels of glutathione have been shown to lead to oxidative stress.

Illness, medication, and exposure to environmental pollutants are among the contributing factors to the increased production of free radicals. They can cause DNA damage and impair cellular function, causing diseases and even killing the cells. Because glutathione binds to free radicals, it can remove them from your body and stop potential damage that leads to premature aging and illness. 

Improving the quality of sleep 

Research has shown a clear link between high levels of glutathione and better sleep. Glutathione is essential for helping the body detoxify while sleeping. And with improved quality of sleep, your body is able to produce more glutathione, which in it turn enables improved sleep and detoxification.

Promoting high energy 

Energy production takes place within the part of the cells called mitochondria. If mitochondria are damaged, they slow down and make less energy, leading to decreased bodily function and efficiency. Glutathione protects mitochondria from free radicals and the oxidative damage they cause and is, therefore, essential for energy production in the body. 

Promoting mental clarity

High levels of glutathione have been linked to greater mental clarity and focus. Conversely, insufficient levels of this antioxidant can impact the onset and progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. 

Providing anti-aging properties

The accumulation of free radicals over the years can accelerate the aging process. A greater concentration of free radicals may lead to cell damage, which causes the appearance of wrinkles, dull skin, and lower energy levels associated with aging. 

By getting rid of free radicals before they can build up and cause more damage, glutathione can slow the aging process and help you keep your youthful appearance longer. 

Keeping your body from becoming resistant to drugs

Glutathione has an important role in the prevention of drug toxicity. It has also been proven crucial in the body’s drug resistance, in particular resistance against anticancer drugs.

Helping your body eliminate toxins and break down fat

Glutathione is produced and stored in the liver, which is responsible for filtering the blood in order to neutralize toxins, free radicals, drugs, and other harmful substances. Sufficient glutathione levels are essential for eliminating toxins from the body.

In addition, when your body produces too much fat or doesn't metabolize it fast enough, the excess is stored in liver cells. Glutathione helps break down fat in the liver. If your glutathione levels are low, your liver won’t be able to function properly. This can lead to more fat being stored in your body and cause fatty liver disease. 

But among all its benefits, glutathione is perhaps best known for its ability to help brighten the skin. 

Does Glutathione IV Work for Skin Whitening?

Studies have shown that glutathione can effectively reduce minor skin imperfections, produce an overall brighter complexion, and reduce an uneven skin tone. In addition, it can help improve various skin conditions, such as:

  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Cystic acne
  • Dark marks
  • Scars
  • Melasma
  • Psoriasis

Glutathione helps brighten your skin by binding to tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for melanin production, and restricting its activity. Besides, it minimizes the activity of free radical activity in the body, which in its turn prevents activation of melanin-producing enzymes. Glutathione also detoxifies the liver, which results in brighter, clearer skin. 

Does glutathione lighten skin permanently?

Because the skin is constantly changing with age, the results of glutathione IV therapy are not permanent. As the glutathione levels fade, so do its effects on skin lightening. If you wish to maintain the skin-whitening effect, you will need to use glutathione continuously.

After your skin is sufficiently lightened, you will need to have maintenance treatments every few months. The Reset IV professionals can recommend a suitable maintenance schedule once you have attained your ideal skin tone. 

In addition to glutathione IV therapy, you need to make sure to avoid the factors that may increase the levels of free radicals in your body such as smoking, poor diet, misuse of alcohol, stress, bad sleep patterns, environmental toxins, and excessive sun exposure.

Which glutathione is best for skin whitening?

Glutathione supplementation is available in several different forms:

  • Topical formulas like creams and face washes
  • Oral formulas such as pills, tablets, syrups, and sprays
  • Intranasal and intrabronchial solutions
  • Intramuscular and intravenous formulations.

So which option is the best if you want to increase your glutathione levels? 

Glutathione is often advertised as a natural solution for skin whitening in personal care products. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. 

When it comes to oral glutathione supplements, many of the benefits are lost during the digestion process. What’s more, consuming glutathione supplements has been linked to digestive distress, including abdominal cramps or bloating.

Intravenous glutathione completely bypasses the digestive system and delivers the antioxidant directly to your cells. Glutathione injections can, therefore, produce faster and safer skin-lightening effects. They ensure close to 100% bioavailability of glutathione, much more than what can be achieved by oral administration. 

How long does it take for glutathione to lighten your skin?

The skin lightening effects of glutathione vary from person to person. In order to see improvement in skin texture and tone, you will need anywhere between 15 and 30 treatments. You will probably notice a shade decrease in your skin color already within four weeks of your IV treatment, although in some cases the results may take longer. This will depend both on the frequency of the treatments and your general health.

How often should you do glutathione IV therapy?

For optimal results, you should have glutathione infusions 1 to 3 times per week. During your initial consultation with our medical professionals, you will discuss the total duration of your skin brightening treatment. We usually recommend 6 to 12 months of weekly glutathione IV drips, depending on your goals.

Many people are concerned about the safety of IV treatments. Because there are no major risks involved in IV glutathione therapy, you can rest reassured that your treatment will be harmless. 

Is IV Glutathione Safe?

Glutathione IV therapy is for the most part completely safe.

You should keep in mind, however, that no IV procedure is completely risk-free. In rare cases, complications such as vein inflammations and infections may occur. At Reset IV, our priority is ensuring that you are receiving a treatment that meets the highest safety standards using only top of the line sterile equipment. Our formulas are administered by medical professionals who have the appropriate training and proven experience in IV therapy. 

Some people may experience allergic reactions to glutathione supplements, including rash, hives, itching, and red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin. Our nurses have all the necessary supplies readily accessible and are trained to respond quickly in case an allergic reaction occurs.

Does glutathione have any side effects?

Due to a lack of scientific research, very little is known about the side effects of using glutathione supplementation. However, long-term use of supplemental glutathione has been linked to lower zinc levels. 

In the following cases, you should check with your doctor before starting glutathione therapy:

  • If you suffer from cystic fibrosis. Some cystic fibrosis patients can have adverse side effects following glutathione treatment. 
  • If you are on medication or a supplement regimen for any other health condition.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing. 

Our physicians and nurse practitioners will provide a free medical consultation and approve your treatment before you start the therapy. They will also offer recommendations based on the initial assessment and your specific needs. 

Can glutathione cause liver damage?

There is no long-term safety data on IV glutathione regarding liver damage. In fact, research suggests that due to its antioxidant and detoxifying properties, glutathione may help treat nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Is glutathione bad for the kidney?

There are no studies indicating IV glutathione is bad for the kidney.

Can I Get at Home Glutathione IV Treatments?

Reset IV is a concierge service and we are happy to deliver treatments wherever you are, whether it’s your home, your office, a hotel room, or a gym. There is no need to drive to a clinic or to wait for treatment. Our travel fees are always included in the price.

The Reset IV nurses can come to you any time of day or night, including weekends and holidays. They will be at your door within an hour of booking, depending on availability. You don’t need to have any special equipment. We will bring everything you need for the treatment so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the benefits of your glutathione IV therapy.

How Much Does Glutathione IV Cost?

While at Reset IV we do not offer a stand-alone glutathione IV therapy, glutathione is an ingredient in some of our beauty packages. It is also available as an add-on with all our IV packages

We offer over 20 different IV formulas ranging from hydration and workout boost to skin rejuvenation. If you are not sure which package to choose, our professionals will be happy to make recommendations.

The price of a glutathione add-on is $70. Our package prices start at $159.

Is Glutathione IV Therapy Covered by Insurance?

We do not accept private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. Not having to deal with insurance providers enables us to focus on what matters most—helping you to maximize your health and recovery with our on-demand IV therapy. And our services are still less expensive than many co-pays. 

We accept FSA cards.

IV Therapy Locations

Reset IV has five convenient locationsMiamiLos AngelesLas VegasTampa, and Orange County. So if you are looking for the best IV therapy provider give us a call!