Benefits of Infusions or Injections
General Information on IV Nutrient Therapy
The purpose of IV Therapy is to provide supplemental vitamins and micro-nutrients into your body to improve the body's state of health and overall well-being. IV stands for intravenous, meaning that the vitamins and micro-nutrients are administered into the body through the veins.
How Does IV Micronutrient Therapy Work?
Most people generally consume their vitamins and micro-nutrients through their food; some people may also take additional multivitamin supplements. When vitamins and micro-nutrients are ingested orally, they go down to the stomach and intestines, where they are broken down by gastrointestinal enzymes and then absorbed into the bloodstream. There is a limit to how fast these substances can be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract; what is not absorbed continues through the body and is excreted as stool. Also, most substances absorbed from the intestine pass through the liver for more processing before it goes to the rest of the body. Other factors that impact the amount of vitamins absorbed from the intestine are an individual's metabolism, age, genetics, and interactions with other orally consumed products. Ultimately, a significant amount of the orally ingested vitamins and micro-nutrients is lost, and only small amounts pass to the rest of the body. As with most of the vitamins and micro-nutrients going to waste, the body does not derive the full benefits of these substances when they are orally ingested as food or other supplements.
With IV Vitamin therapy, the minerals and vitamins are administered into the body through the veins. By this route of administration, vitamins and micro-nutrients avoid the metabolism in the intestine. The substances get into the bloodstream and around the body faster as they are not limited by how quickly they can be absorbed, as is the case with oral application. Ultimately, only small amounts of vitamins and micro-nutrients go to waste during IV Vitamin therapy; most of it is absorbed and used by the body. As a result, the body gains the vitamins and micro-nutrients' full benefits when administered through the veins rather than by mouth.
Generally, some substances that may be found in a typical IV vitamin infusion bag include the following:
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Vitamin C – Studies have been performed that indicate several of the benefits of intravenous vitamin C. In the critically ill, vitamin C administered intravenously may help in the management of sepsis; it may also be of use in managing certain kinds of cancer. For individuals in good health, intravenous vitamins may serve to boost immunity and increase energy levels.
Vitamin B complex – Several vitamins make up the B complex group of vitamins. Some of these vitamins are Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin B5 (Dexpanthenol), and Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). These vitamins play essential functions in the processes that place in the human body.
Vitamin B12 – This is also known as cyanocobalamin. It serves many purposes in the human body; however, its primary function is in the production of red blood cells. A deficiency of this vitamin may result in a condition known as macrocytic megaloblastic anemia.
Folic acid - This is also known as folate. Similar to cyanocobalamin, folic acid helps in the development of red blood cells. Its deficiency may also result in macrocytic megaloblastic anemia.
Calcium – Calcium is necessary for the development of strong and healthy bones. People who are lacking in calcium in their body may end up with a condition known as osteoporosis.
Glutathione – This is an antioxidant that facilitates many key processes in the body.
There are many more vitamins and micro-nutrients that may be included in an intravenous micro-nutrient therapy infusion.
Who Should receive IV Therapy?
Individuals who feel run down and have chronic low energy.
Individuals with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Athletes before and after major sporting activities.
For the most part, anyone can receive an IV vitamin infusion. The components are generally well-tolerated, and the risks of adverse effects, though present, are mild.
*INFORMATION PROVIDED BY EMPOWER PHARMACY
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