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Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy (also known as intravenous micronutrient therapy and hydration therapy) is a way to give high concentrations of vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, allowing rapid absorption of higher doses of the vitamins and minerals than if the person got them through food or supplements.

  • These liquids are delivered through a small tube inserted into a vein.
  • The infusions typically take 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the volume of the cocktail and the size of the person's veins.
  • IV vitamin therapy is touted by many celebrities and is available at many IV bars, drip bars, and IV lounges.
  • The Myers' cocktail is a popular formula among complementary and alternative medicine providers for IV vitamin therapy.
  • The Myers' formula consists of high doses of B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals (magnesium and calcium) mixed with sterile water.

Vitamin B-Complex

• These vitamins help process your body make energy from the food you eat.
• They also help form red blood cells. While you can get B vitamins from proteins and leafy green vegetables, it’s nearly impossible to get a sufficient amount without the help of supplements.

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

• Functions as part of an enzyme (thiamin pyrophosphate, or TPP) essential for energy production, carbohydrate metabolism, and nerve cell function

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

• Crucial in the production of energy
• Involved in regenerating glutathione, one of the main cellular protectors against free-radical damage.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

• Involved in the regulation of blood sugar, antioxidant mechanisms, and detoxification reactions
• Niacin supplementation exerts a favourable effect on several health conditions, especially high cholesterol levels.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

• Exerts a beneficial effect on utilization of fats and carbohydrates in energy production and in the manufacture of adrenal hormones and red blood cells.

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)

• Plays a vital role in the multiplication of all cells and is, therefore, of critical importance to a healthy pregnancy and proper functioning immune system, mucous membrane, skin, and red blood cells
• Plays a critical role in brain chemistry because it is involved in the manufacture of all amino acid neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, etc.)

Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)

• Works with folic acid in many body processes, including the synthesis of DNA, red blood cells, and the insulation sheath (the myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve cells and speeds the conduction of the signals along nerve cells
• Helps prevent heart disease through decreasing homocysteine levels (an independent risk factor for heart disease and osteoporosis)
• Enhances the utilization of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, thereby increasing energy levels
• Needed for a healthy nervous system, useful for depression, fatigue, Alzheimer’s, and anaemia.

Vitamin C

• Manufacture of collagen – Important protein for the structures that hold our bodies together
• Vital for wound repair, healthy gums, and prevention of easy bruising
• Immune function
• Manufacture of certain nerve transmitting substances and hormones
• The absorption and utilization of other nutritional factors
• Nutritional antioxidant
• Increases the absorption of iron.

Other B Vitamins

Biotin (Vitamin B7)

• Metabolism of sugar, fat, and amino acids
• Involved in the utilization of glucose, the breakdown, and utilization of fatty acids in energy metabolism, the removal of the amine group in the metabolism of amino acids, cell growth and replication
• Promotes strong nails and healthy hair.

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

• Reduces the body’s concentration of homocysteine, a compound implicated in a variety of conditions, including atherosclerosis and osteoporosis
• Preventions or treatment of neural tube defects, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, cervical dysplasia, and depression.

Choline

• Essential for proper liver function
• Exerts a “lipotropic” effect, which means it promotes export of fat from the liver
• Increases the accumulation of acetylcholine within the brain. Acetylcholine is an important brain chemical utilized in many brain processes, including memory.

Inositol

• Promotes export of fat from the liver
• Demonstrates impressive anti-cancer effects.


Water and Fat Soluble Vitamins;


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