You might’ve seen your favourite celeb post about “vitamin cocktails” on Instagram, but you might still be wondering what the heck is a “vitamin cocktail”?
Understanding IV Vitamin Therapy
IV vitamin therapy uses certain mixtures of vitamins, nutrients, and solutions to improve overall health and wellness, and, in some cases, treat medical conditions.
IV vitamin therapy should be performed only with the guidance and supervision of a licensed professional.
These specialty IV formulas can provide hydration, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids to wherever you need them the most. Depending on what your body needs, the concentration that’s infused into your body can increase hydration, support your immune system, reduce stress, and more.
The first IV vitamin drips were developed by Dr. John Myers in the 1970s. Dr. Myers is responsible for the creation of the Myers’ Cocktail, which is arguably the most popular and well-known IV cocktail.
These vitamin drips provide your body with a higher concentration of vitamins. Vitamins can be less effective when taken orally as they’re broken down in the stomach and digestive tract. When you receive a vitamin cocktail, your body absorbs up to 90%, whereas vitamins taken in pill form are significantly less.
By combining the power of different nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, these IV cocktails are designed to help you feel your best, no matter what.
How It Works
IV vitamin treatment is fairly simple.
These cocktails are injected into your body using an IV drip. A small tube is inserted into your vein, usually through the forearm, and a liquid mixture of different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients is slowly infused into your bloodstream.
This method increases the number of vitamins your body is absorbing which can make the effects of these vitamins (and other contents) more effective.
The reason IV vitamin therapy can be more effective than taking pills or supplements is that our body’s ability to absorb nutrients depends on a number of factors.
Age, metabolism, health, genetics, other medications or foods, and the chemical makeup of a vitamin can all impact how well (or how poorly) the body absorbs the vitamins it needs. When there are higher levels of vitamins in the bloodstream, there can be great uptake of these vitamins by your cells which can maintain health and ward off illness.
While vitamin therapy has been around for over a century, there is still a lot of research being conducted about these treatments.
Who Can Benefit from IV Vitamin Therapy?
Anyone can benefit from IV vitamin therapy as there are different cocktails for a number of needs.
That being said, IV vitamin therapy is most beneficial for people who can’t get enough vitamins and minerals throughout the day. This could be for many reasons, such as a medical condition or an inability to consume enough food.
Depending on what your body is lacking, vitamin cocktails can be developed and administered for your specific needs. Pretty cool, right?
Many people have claimed that IV vitamin therapy can enhance overall wellness, even if you don’t have a vitamin deficiency. There are specialty clinics that offer IV vitamin therapy for the following:
- Achieve healthier skin
- Eliminate bodily toxins
- Support your immune system
- Treat migraines & headaches
- Increase energy levels & reduce fatigue
- Alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, & depression
- Treat dehydration (after extreme exercise or excessive alcohol consumption)
- Supportive therapy for conditions such as: asthma, allergies, migraines, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
Other reported benefits of IV cocktails include burning fat, beating jet lag, and overcoming a hangover. However, data is still being collected.
It’s best to discuss potential treatments with your doctor if you have specific questions or are looking for treatments for a specific condition.