A consumers guide to glutathione supplementation
It is hard not to comment on some myths and lies that are being propagated by some glutathione distributors. We would have let it pass seeing the absurdity of some of those lies but then we feel compelled to let the consumers know a few simple truths to give them a semblance of protection from unscrupulous distributors who continue to mislead them into buying expensive but ineffective products.
GLUTATHIONE, WHETHER REDUCED, OXIDIZED OR ANY OTHER FORM IS NOT EFFICIENTLY ABSORBED WHEN TAKEN ORALLY
Time and again we have been trying to impart this simple fact to the consumers. You only absorb less than half of what you take orally. A study even shows that a single massive oral 3000mg dose failed to raise the body’s inherent weakness of glutathione is due to its unstable bonded, tri-peptide form which makes it susceptible to attack by stomach enzymes. Most of it is destroyed once it enters the stomach and only a few remaining gets absorbed by our system.
This is how they will mislead you:
They claim that their product is reduced and is much better absorbed. NOT TRUE. Regardless of its form, fact remains that it can’t absorbed through oral administration. They will show you a study or an internet link that will say that the reduced form is ideal but they will not tell you that it is ideal through intravenous administration. Always check the whether it’s ideal when taken ORALLY.
Tip: Go search for facts yourself. Even wikipedia.org has information on this.
N-ACETYLCYSTEINE (NAC) IS FAR BETTER IN RAISING THE BODY’S LEVELS THAN GLUTATHIONE ITSELF.
Dr. Robert Atkins of the Atkin’s be discussed apart from NAC and that NAC raises the body’s level something that oral supplements of glutathione itself cannot do. This is due to the fact that NAC is considered to be the best glutathione precursor. The term “precursor” is applied to an inactive substance converted to an active one (such as an enzyme, vitamin, or hormone).
This is how they will mislead you.
Silly as it may sound, they will tell you that glutathione is better known as a skin whitener. Complete fact should be that one of the common benefits of ELEVATED GLUTATHIONE LEVELS IN THE BODY is that the skin will become fairer and look younger. Glutathione may be known to lighten the skin but taking it orally to lighten the skin is a whole different thing altogether. It simply just can’t a great injustice to peddle around the idea of raising the body’s levels as a mere skin whitening method. They will go to the extent of calling NAC cheap. Ok then by that argument, would you rather go for a much expensive but ineffective supplement or a more affordable and effective one? Besides, if it were really that cheap, why didn’t brands have it in their product in the first place?
Tip: This fact can be easily confirmed by looking up glutathione supplementation on the internet.
FREE FORM AMINO ACID COMPONENTS OF GLUTATHIONE IS A MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO BONDED GLUTATHIONE
Glutathione is a tri-peptide thiol consisting of three amino acids: l-cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid. The first fact shows that only a small amount of this is remains and gets to the small intestines. Once it gets there it is absorbed through the intestinal epithelial cells where it still needs to get broken down into the three free form amino acids before it gets distributed into the entire body. Free form amino acid components of glutathione is much easier absorbed by the body because it withstands the attack of stomach enzymes and passes easily through the intestinal epithelial cells straight into our system. Serious athletes know this and prefer free form aminos than thiols/polypeptides. The components glycine and glutamic acid are staples in the athletes amino acid supplement.
This is how they will mislead you:
Again they will call the 3 amino acid blend cheap. In that case would you choose a more expensive but ineffective blend? They might try and scare you into thinking that partaking free form amino acid is dangerous but nothing could be further from the truth. Tip: Nursing students just need to check their books on anatomy and physiology and open the part on digestive system, protein and amino acid transport (Essentials on Anatomy and Physiology). Also check out this study conducted by the University of Colorado comparing free-form and tri-peptide absorption.
THE KB (KYUSOKU BIHAKU) ADVANTAGE
The KB Kyusoku Bihaku blend takes all these to heart by giving consumers the best formulation available. KB has all three free-form amino acid components l-cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid. Apart from this, KB is formulated with NAC and Cystine, which is another good glutathione precursor. To further complement this one-of-a-kind blend, KB has included a separate bottle of Vitamin C Rosehips. Vitamin C is a great help in amino acid absorption because it aids in its synthesis.
KB is priced at Php439.00 Trial Pack consist of 10 capsules of 500mg KB Glutanac and 10 capsules of 500mg KB Rosehips or 60 capsules or 1 month supply for only P1195 to be taken once a day of each capsule. Available in all Mercury Drug stores and other outlets nationwide.
Generika Drugstores, St. Joseph Drugstores, Curamed Drug, Etc.