How much glutathione should I take?
You can't take mitochondrial glutathione. It is manufactured in your body. You can however, take l-glutathione, the reduced form of glutathione.
Standard dosage computation for l-glutathione as anti-aging / anti-oxidant is 10mg/kg body weight per day. So, if you weigh 50kg, you should take 500mg a day for anti-oxidation purposes.
But as a skin whitener, you should take 20-40mg/kg body weight per day in 2-3 divided doses or 2000mg maximum in divided doses a day.
What is Glutathione?
In medical terms, Glutathione (GSH) is a tripeptide molecule composed of glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine. It is one of the main nonprotein antioxidants in the cell, and has been referred to as the bodys master antioxidant.
What is an Anti-Oxidant?
It is a nutrient or chemical that reacts with and neutralizes free radicals or chemicals that release free radicals. Antioxidants are also called free radical scavengers. Vitamins A, C, E and some of the B vitamins, beta-carotene, selenium and some key enzymes in your body are all antioxidants. By intercepting the free radicals, antioxidants prevent them from damaging molecular structures such as your DNA.
What is a Free Radical?
It is a highly reactive chemical that often contains oxygen and is produced when molecules are split to give products that have unpaired electrons (a process called oxidation). Free radicals can damage important cellular molecules such as DNA or lipids or other parts of the cell. Free radicals have been implicated in aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease and other kinds of damage to the body.
So what does Glutathione do?
The reason why glutathione is billed as a master oxidant is that it has many functions at the cellular level.
* it binds to toxins such as heavy metals, solvents & pesticides & transforms them into a form that can be excreted in urine/bile.
* it is essential for the functioning of the immune system.
* it protects individual cells & tissues of arteries, brain, heart, immune cells, kidneys, lens of eyes, liver, lungs and skin against oxidant damage.
* it helps in the prevention of cancer especially liver cancer and helps maintain the strength of red blood cells & protects white blood cells
* it is required for carbohydrate metabolism that prevents fat deposits and in breaking down oxidized fats.
* as a secondary effect, it whitens skin by blocking/modifying conversion of black/brown/yellow melanin pigmentation (Eumelanin) to reddish whitepigmentation (Phaeomelanin). Kumbaga, side effect ng l-glutathione intake ang skin whitening.
This is the reason why the Japanese and Koreans have been taking oral reduced glutathione for decades.
P.S. Research is currently exploring the potential benefits of glutathione for several conditions including cancer, heart disease, memory loss, osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, cornea disorders, kidney dysfunction, eczema, liver disorders, poisoning by heavy metals, and immunodepression that occurs in diseases such as AIDS.
Who should take glutathione?
* those who are regular drinkers of alcoholic beverages (you know who you are)
* those who are exposed to pollutants and other heavy metals (hmmm, that's like everybody, we do live in the Philippines!)
* those who took antibiotics for long periods of time (unused antibiotics and oil-soluble Vitamin A/C/E/K are stored in the liver)
* generally people who have been taking their liver for granted
* those who want to be fairer and healthier at the same time (it's no sin to hit two birds with one stone in this case)
Who shouldn't take glutathione?
Ask your doctor before taking glutathione and get their clearance if you are:
* pregnant, or want to be pregnant or lactating.
* taking other medication
* allergic to any types of medication or supplements (i know plenty of hyperallergics)
* have health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, heart ailments, etc.
* pretty much unsure about what you should take orally (I asked about doctors)
How soon will I see results (whitening)?
We all react differently to glutathione, depending on our original skin tone and the amount of damage on our skin and body that glutathione, as an antioxidant, will have to face . When you drink or smoke on a fairly regular basis and do not take supplements, you may have to face the fact that whitening, as a secondary effect, will take the back seat as glutathione will have to escort the toxins out of your body first.
Otherwise, if you skin tone is fair to medium brown, expect to see results in 2 to 3 months. If you are dusky or morena, in 4 to 6 months. If dark, 12 months to 2 years. Once you have reached your desired skin tone, a maintenance dose of 500mg a day will be needed for the next 30-60 days at the least.
Please remember to exfoliate, moisturize and protect while taking glutathione. You still need to use sunblock, glutathione does not protect you from harmful UV rays especially when you have become lighter in skin tone and therefore have less melanin. Exfoliate, glutathione does not scrub your epidermis of dead skin. If you have facial scars, you will still need to undergo glycolic peel, glutathione does not induce peeling of skin.
Glutathione, as an internal whitening agent, also works well with external whitening regimen such as creams. You will discover that you will see results faster this way..
Why should I take extra Vitamin C when taking L-Glutathione?
When you take Glutathione supplements, it is very likely that our body will OXIDIZE the Glutathione to Glutathione Disulfide. This is not reduced glutathione anymore but oxidized glutathione and is not effective for anti-aging or skin whitening. You can mitigate this oxidation process by taking Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The recommended dosage for VitaminC is 1-2 times the dosage of L-Glutathione according to recent studies. So if you are taking 500mg of l-glutathione, you should accompany this with 1000mg Vitamin C. Generic ascorbic acid will suffice.
What do I expect from using the Magic cream for the first time?
As with any other skin product, you need to do a patch test to determine you sensitivity to the product. You do this by applying a liberal amount of the product on your forearm and leaving it there for a couple of hours. Watch for excessive itchiness, excessive redness or excessive tenderness in the area. If none is observed, you are most likely not sensitive to the product so you can go ahead and use it as directed. It is highly discouraged that astringents be used in conjunction with AMIRA Magic Cream.
What are the benefits of using Amira Magic Cream?
The benefits that one gets from AMIRA Magic Cream are numerous but then again, we will not claim to be what we are not so let us stick with the main benefits you can get from the use of AMIRA Magic Cream. With the use of AMIRA Magic Cream, you get not only a fairer skin tone, but also a reduction in skin blemishes, freckles and other skin imperfections.
How often should I use and where should I apply Amira Magic Cream?
Apply AMIRA Magic Cream every night before going to bed making sure that the face or skin is clean before application. It can also be applied in the morning before going to work. Once the desired skin tone is reached, you may opt to use it every two or three days as maintenance.
How to use Amira Magic cream?
Wash and clean your face, neck or any dark areas thoroughly with the fully recommended Amira Magic Soap. While the skin is still damp, apply a small amount of Amira Magic cream and massage it gently on face, neck or any dark areas of your body. Use it twice daily after cleaning your face in the morning and at night before going to bed. If you experience a slight tingling sensation after application, dont be alarmed it will soon go away. It's just a natural effect while the cream/soap is penetrating the skin and working well with it.
How soon can I see results (Amira)?
After using the cream, you can see visible results within as early as 5-10 days, some as early as 3 days, depending on the skin type and pigmentation. If we're talking about ankles, knees, groin and elbows, these parts of our body has rougher and thicker skin therefore, it will take more time to see promising result. Depending on how severely dark these parts are, realistically speaking, it may take 3 weeks to 2 months to totally even out skin tone on those areas.
Can I still wear make up while on Amira Magic Cream?
That's your choice. I suggest, though, that during the first two weeks to a month of using magic cream, refrain from putting any of these (if you can). You may be surprised that while it whitens your skin, you may need a lighter shade of color to conceal your spots, or eventually may not need these any more. However, you may use your usual eye make-up.
Does magic cream makes the skin dry?
Amira Magic Cream assists in fighting wrinkles by locking in enough moisture under the skin which
prevents the skin from drying and flaking. While it moisturizes, it also helps rejuvenate the skin to promote new cell growth without clogging the skin with greasy mess. It also increases the skin suppleness by 45%. Users reported to have firmer and more supple skin.