Tuesday, March 5, 2013

MUST READ Vitamin C for Skin Whitening

Please seek doctor's advice before taking any supplements.

For those who have been following my blog, you may have noticed that I am an avid fan and reviewer of glutathione supplements for skin lightening. It's also been a while since I last reviewed a certain brand and do you want to know why? Last year, I crossed over an article over the internet that states Vitamin C is enough for skin lightening.

Before posting the article and sharing it to you immediately I decided to experiment and try it on my own for a few months. That is approximately 6 months ago. And you know what? IT works. Vitamin C alone is enough to lighten the skin.

Isn't it odd that it's always emphasized that you have to intake twice as much vitamin C for each 500mg glutathione you take, and that you take it in separate doses (3x spread out). Taking vitamin C on its own has no negative sideffects except maybe when too much it can cause diarrhea.

Here's the link to the article that I've mentioned. Here's the article itself. It's a long read but WORTH it:

- In healthy adults, Vitamin C raises glutathione levels in the red blood cells and lymphocytes.
- Glutathione helps determine the balance of light and dark pigments (pheomelanin and eumelanin) in our skin. L-cysteine and the TYRP1 enzyme also play a part in this balance. (Not to get confused with the glutathione pills, which are ineffective in lightening the skin. But, the Glutathione that our bodies naturally produce).

* Taking high doses of Vitamin C (1,000 – 3,000 mgs) can help to lighten skin over time.Since you’re reading this page, you’ve probably already asked yourself: can taking Vitamin C really lighten your skin? The short answer is: Yes, it can. But how exactly does Vitamin C help lighten our skin? The answer to that question is a bit longer, but reading on will be worth it in the end (I promise!). If you don’t have the time to read about just how taking high doses of Vitamin C can lighten your skin, just bookmark this page to read later.

What is Vitamin C?

Before I go on to explain what Vitamin C has to do with our skin color, I think it’s important to know just what Vitamin C is first. Vitamin C (also called Ascorbic Acid) is a water-soluble vitamin, and is needed by our bodies to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. We get Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. It is also readily available in pill or liquid supplements. Although it is a vitamin, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. This means it can neutralize free radicals which would otherwise damage our skin and other organs. And since it is soluble in water, Vitamin C works both inside and outside of our cells to combat this free radical damage.

Vitamin C And Our Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and collagen is the building blocks. Our skin benefits greatly from Vitamin C because of its unique collagen-forming properties. Scientists have found that collagen protein requires Vitamin C for the molecules to achieve the best configuration possible. Vitamin C prevents collagen from becoming weak and susceptible to damage (a process is called hydroxylation). Vitamin C also increases the level of the procollagen messenger RNA. It is also needed to “export” the procollagen molecules out of our cells and into the extracellular spaces. In other words, Vitamin C is crucial in ensuring the structural integrity of our collagen. Vitamin C also helps to heal any wounds we might have. Studies have shown that when Vitamin C was given to burn victims in high doses, it reduces the transfer of blood and waste products into the tissues (capillary permeability). This could be partly due to Vitamin C’s scavenging effect on free radicals (its antioxidant properties).

In another study, when Vitamin C (2,000 mg) and natural Vitamin E (1,000 IU) were given to 20 men and women, their resistance to sunburn increased by 20% after just 8 days. They had lower levels of inflammation and skin damage compared to the placebo group, which became more sensitive to sunburn.

Vitamin C is one antioxidant that boosts two more – glutathione and Vitamin E
Have you ever heard of that saying, one thing leads to another? This is especially true with Vitamin C. This is because taking Vitamin C doesn’t just increase the Vitamin C levels in our blood, it also increases two more very important antioxidants – glutathione (a major antioxidant) and Vitamin E (a fat-soluble antioxidant).

Higher Vitamin C Levels Boosts Glutathione And Vitamin E
GlutathioneVitamin E
Glutathione is our bodies’ most prevalent antioxidantVitamin E is probably the most important fat-soluble antioxidant
It plays an important role in detoxing our bodiesIt protects our cells from oxidation by reacting with fatty radicals
Glutathione is a tripeptide and made up of 3 amino acids:

  1. Glycine
  2. Glutamic acid
  3. Cysteine
Vitamin E is a group of compounds made up of tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols act as antioxidants in human beings.
Glutathione converts into glutathione peroxidase, an important enzyme which prevents oxidative damageOur liver actually forms the Vitamin E in our blood, but it needs food sources with Vitamin E to do so
Our bodies make its own glutathione supply.
Taking glutathione pills and supplements does not raise the glutathione levels in our blood.
Good food sources of Vitamin E include:

  1. Wheat germ oil
  2. Almonds
  3. Sunflower seeds, sunflower oil
  4. Hazelnuts
  5. Peanut butter

Vitamin C Boosts Glutathione Levels In The Blood

Vitamin C and glutathione have a unique relationship. Vitamin C reduces glutathione back to the active form. In its active form, glutathione will regenerate vitamin C from its oxidized state. Compounds that have Vitamin E activity (tocopherols) also rely on Vitamin C to regenerate back to its active form.

Why is the link between Vitamin C and glutathione levels important in skin lightening?

It’s important because scientists have found out that the way our skin balances between its lighter pigments (pheomelanin) and darker pigments (eumelanin) depends on glutathione, L-cysteine and the TYRP1 enzyme. Since Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to boost gluthathione levels in the blood, we can say that Vitamin C helps to lighten skin color.

1) Glutathione
Glutathione is found in almost all raw fruits and vegetables. Cooking destroys most glutathione, but that doesn’t really matter. Because although glutathione is found in many fruits, vegetables, and meats, our stomachs and intestines ability to absorb glutathione is very poor.

[ Scam Alert! ]
Speaking of which, please do not be fooled by “gluthathione skin whitening pills”. Glutathione pills and supplements cannot, I repeat, cannot raise the glutathione levels in your blood. These are sold by scam artists preying on the desperate. They will only serve to make you poorer.

[ Scam Alert! ]
To raise the glutathione levels in our blood, it is better to eat foods that is high in glutamine instead (Not By Taking Glutathione Pills),
such as lean meats, eggs, wheat germ, whey protein and whole grains. These will stimulate the liver so you can produce more glutathione naturally. Glutamine is one of the known precursors of gluthathione production. High doses of Vitamin C will also boost our natural glutathione levels, so supplementation with Vitamin C is important if you want to lighten your skin. Glutathione and Vitamin C show a strong functional interdependence in vivo.

Note:You can be deficient in glutathione if you take Tylenol (acetaminophen) regularly or in large amounts. Doctors treat emergency cases of acetaminophen toxicity with high doses of N-aceytlycysteine (NAC), which raises glutathione levels in the blood.

2) L-Cysteine
L-cysteine is an amino acid found in most high-protein foods including yogurt and whey protein. Good vegetarian sources comes are onions, garlic and broccoli . The L-cysteine derived from N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) helps to boost our liver’s production of glutathione. L-cysteine also helps synthesize proteins, taurine, coenzyme A, and inorganic sulfate.

3) The TYRP1 enzyme (or Tyrosinase-Related Protein 1)
Sounds scary, I know! But all you really need to know is that this is the genetic part of the whole skin lightening discussion. Our TYRP1 gene provides instructions for making the TYRP1 enzyme. The functions of this enzyme are still unclear but it is involved in the production of melanin. It’s likely that this is where our genes come into play in determining the color of our skin. Mutations in the TYRP1 gene has been linked with oculocutaneous albinism. It is very important to note that, individually, none of these factors decides our skin color. All three are needed to play a part.

Enemies of Vitamin C: Pollution, Smoking, Alcohol, Diabetes
If you smoke and drink, chances are your Vitamin C levels are lower than people who don’t. And while we’re at it, do you live in a polluted area? That’ll do it too. Studies have shown that drinking large quantities of alcohol will lower the amount of Vitamin C in your blood plasma and make you excrete vitamin C through urination. Smoking and general pollution will also lower the level of Vitamin C in the blood. Having diabetes will also reduce your body’s Vitamin C levels.

What does all this mean? Should I take Vitamin C to lighten my skin?
Yes, yes, and yes! If want to lighten your skin by internal means using supplements, detoxing or changing your diet, Vitamin C supplements are essential.

You should take a high dose of 1,000 – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily either through supplements or fruits. A mixture of the two is best. Spread out your intake of Vitamin C throughout the day for maximum effectiveness.

After reading through this article, I suggest you give Vitamin C a try and let me here your thoughts, Share them in the comments section below :)


  1. If i opt to eat oranges for vitamin C, ilang oranges kaya ang dpat ubusin? hehe, silly question... but i really wanna know :)

  2. Naku meron lang around 200g of vit. C per orange, so pedeng you can eat oranges 5x a day.

  3. hi anong mgandang vit c? i heard mganda daw yung fern c.. and ilang capsules a day if used it for whitening?.. thanks!;)

  4. Hi. Now im seriously into vit. C na. Anong vit.c ang marecommend mo?

  5. Pls reply po miss kat..

  6. I was planning to buy MET na kaya nagbabasa ako ng mga reviews about gluta. Good thing I'm able to see this post of yours. What type of Vit. C ba, dapat Ascorbic Acid ba or okay na ung Sodium Ascorbate (like Fern-C).. i'm acidic kasi so sumasakit ang tyan ko pag ascorbic acid kaya my physician suggested sodium ascorbate.. gaano katagal naman ang intake bago ma napansin ang glowing skin mo? Thanks!

  7. thank you so much for the article, God bless you. Now off to the market to buy fruits and veggies with high dosage of Vit C!!! :)

  8. You are right Vitamin C is alone responsible for skin lightening, but you cannot eliminate glutathione from the combination as it works as supportive element. Gluta is an anti-oxidant that cleans the liver (it will also clean the negative effect of any applied cream or lotion), takes off free-radicals and helps the brain too (did u know that our brain's anti-oxidant is gluta and that low level of it results to some illneses and disorders?). I think that is the reason of its existence in many skin lightening cream

  9. how many mg ang tinetake mo sis per day? do you take them all at once?how long before you noticed the effect?

  10. Thanks for sharing this! I was supposed to buy another one month's supply of Ph 338.

  11. Hi sis! May i ask what brand lf vit c your taking?

  12. Jen Nine KarmielJune 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    what brand of vitamin c can you suggest sis? or what Vit. C are you taking?

  13. It was initially only administered by a Doctor in the form of drops, pellets or an injection.

  14. "You should take a high dose of 1,000 – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily either through supplements or fruits."
    - A Word of caution, although it's not an over-dosage of Vitamin C, taking more than 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily may result to adverse effects like kidney stones in the long run.

  15. Not true. Ang alam ko vit c is waterr soluble. Excess vit c in the body will not be absorbed, it will be excreted in urine. Ang recommended daily intake ng vit c is 60-90 mg per day lng.


  17. Buti nlng nbsa ko article nato. Thank you so much po! :)

  18. It may cause kidney stones if you take large amount of vit. C in the long run.

  19. Primary
    use of glutathione soap is
    skin whitening. We can get
    lighter skin by glutathione skin whitening soap. Glutathione soap is
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  20. I wasnt able to read the whole blog but try taking gluta supplements while taking vit.c you will really see the effects.. i learned from biochem class that gluta will be useless alone because it requires vitamin c

  21. Wasnt able to read all of your statements but, indeed.. Vitamin c is the coenzyme for glutathione. We synthesize glutathione in our body already as far as i can remember in my biochem class.. BUT we should have this vitamin C to go on with the process and to make the glutathione reduced. Hence, it wouldnt work if you dont have vitamin C..

  22. hello po wat vit C po ang mganda i-take?

  23. hi thanks for your this article. so how much vit c per day do you take. and time released vit c is the best, right?

  24. actually, never mind, i've just read that time released might not be good for you after all. neither are the tablets that dissolve in a glass of water. the regular tabs seem to be the best option out of the three. but yeah how much do you take? obviously you must be doing something right :D

  25. why u did not provide ur vit sis?

  26. Glutathione naman kasi does NOT have to be supplemented because the body produces enough of it to ward off free radicals. Glutathione supply only depletes when you drink alcohol, smoke, or you're stressed. Thinking about our present situation, especially those living in the city, a lot of people need to boost their glutathione. However, it is not extensively absorbed orally. Remember, GSH is an antioxidant that detoxifies our body, not a skin whitener.

  27. Have you restarted taking glutathione? because there is a post where you mentioned you are going to try snowcaps glutathione next month.

  28. i'm using Skin White whitening soap and takig Cecon vitamin c.. just sharing :)

  29. Do you think its useless to buy glutathione and just tace vitamin c, or did u se a little better/fater result taking both? please reply , thanx

  30. better results in taking both! :D kahit generic vit. C ok na

  31. Yes. I took gluta again, as you can see I also updated the post above. Saying that Vit. C works well but if used in combo with glutathione, your skin gets whiter a lot faster.

  32. For how long do you take these pills? How much dosage did you start with and for how long? Did you stop taking pills and start again or do u take everyday to maintain, if so how much do u take now?

  33. Effective pa rin po kaya kung 1 gluta pill at 1 vit c 500mg ang itatake? Gusto ko pong magtry at gusto din ng mom ko at sbi nya hati kami sa isang bottle. Eeffect po kaya yun? May review na po kayo ng whisis? Okay po ba? Thnk you

  34. Hello im taking fern c 1000 mg (2 caps)/ day plus gluta belo
    And myra e 400 iu.. I can say its a good combination.. Effective sya. Im taking it about 2 weeks now. Smooth yung skin ko tapos glowing talaga. Drink a lot of water lagi para mag circulate talaga sa bloodstreamFor me enough na yung 1000 mg kasi too much intake or dosage of vit c plus the other supplements im taking kawawa naman yung kidney ko.

  35. it takes months para maging WHITE. ako nga years bago ko na-achieve yung color ko. I agree na not too much supplements

  36. hi i just wanted to ask if is it necessarily to take ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate would also work? thank you!

  37. Hello I suggest take vitamin C alone. Im taking Vitamin C for quite two months na and effective talaga sya. I used to be an addict for skin whitening regimens. But then later realized na Vitamin C tlaga. Im taking potencee a day(500)x3= 1500 Vit C a day. It is effective.

  38. Vitamin c alone is enough you said.. means you dont have to combine it with glutathione but you could if u want... tama or iba ang magiging result kung i-cocombine..?

  39. Hi..regular vitamin c lang ba yung tinake mo or yung "time release"? many say kc na mas effective daw yung "time release" kc since vitamin c is water soluble = mabilis nawawalan ng effect, yung time release daw dinedelay yung time, means effective xa for hours..? so what do u think..?

  40. Hi Dreamer,
    "time release" vitamin C are more expensive kaya I do the time releasing myself.

    I just take generic vitamin C now at morning noon and night

  41. thrice a day ka po nainom ng vit.c?

  42. "Good food sources of Vitamin E include: Hazelnuts." Nutella, anyone? :D

  43. hi... ask ko lang po kung anong brand/name ng vit. C ang ginagamit nyo? ty po

  44. wow ms. k, you really did your biochemistry studies :-)


  46. Can I take 1000mg twice a day without the glutathion pills will it still have the whitening effect

  47. I dont think 1000mg is enough to whiten skin


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