The Benefits of IV therapy:
IV (intravenous) therapy is the administration of nutrients, medications and hydration directly into the blood stream for immediate absorption (90-100% absorption rate) and use by the body. Traditionally, IV therapy has been used in hospitalized patients who are dehydrated, lacking nutrients and unable to take medications by mouth. However, this therapy is now used for a variety of reasons in a variety of patients including: immune support, rehydration, illness, improved athletic performance, weight loss, stress reduction, improved pain and anti-aging effects.
The process of IV therapy including inserting a needle and catheter directly into the vein of an arm (the needle is removed after initial insertion and only the plastic catheter remains) which allows for the solution/fluids to be administered directly into the blood stream. Additional medications can also be administered through the IV once it is in place. Infusions can range from 30-60 minutes.
Treatment can be given every 1-2 weeks depending on the ingredients in each therapy session. Most patients report symptom improvement several hours after completion of therapy with lasting effects up to 1-2 weeks. IV therapy is generally safe with very little risk of complication if administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional prior to initiating therapy.
Some of the common ingredients used and their benefits include:
- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): Vitamin C is a free radical and antioxidant scavenger. Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels in the body become too high. Free radicals are linked to several illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals.
- Magnesium Chloride: Magnesium is essential to practically all body systems. Magnesium plays a significant role in cellular functions and energy metabolism. It has effects on the cardiovascular system, nervous system, respiratory system and is essential for maintaining the integrity of the musculoskeletal system.
- Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12): Vitamin B12 is essential for growth, cell reproduction, hematopoiesis (the formation of blood cells) and myelin synthesis (an important substance in the brain that helps protect nerves). Vitamin B12 is also important in the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates. It also plays a role in protein synthesis.
- Vitamin B Complex: Vitamin B Complex contains a mix of the essential B vitamins. B Vitamins are essential to maintain energy production, DNA/RNA synthesis/repair, nervous system function, immune system function and gastrointestinal function. Vitamin B is also a powerful antioxidant.
- Calcium Chloride: Calcium is essential for the maintenance of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Calcium plays a critical role in bone and muscle health, but also important in nerve conduction, blood coagulation and the electrical conduction of the heart.
- Zinc: Zinc is an essential micronutrient that plays a key role in the catalysis (the process of increasing the rate of a chemical reaction) of over 100 enzymes throughout the body. It also plays an important regulatory role in the immune system.
- Biotin: Biotin is important for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. It is found primarily in the liver, kidneys and muscles. Biotin also has been shown to improve the quality of hair and nails.
- Glutathione: Glutathione is a peptide (a short chain or amino acids) that is both a powerful antioxidant, neutralizes free radicals and performs several critical roles in the body. Deficiency of glutathione puts cells at risk for oxidative damage. An imbalance of glutathione is present in several illnesses including cancer, neurogenerative diseases, cystic fibrosis, HIV and aging.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid: Alpha Lipoic Acid is a potent antioxidant that has effects on the heart, liver and muscles. It also has a role in chelation of metals (the process of removing harmful metals) in the body.
- Lipo-C (MIC): Lipo-C contains a mixture of compounds that may aid in the reduction of adipose tissue (fat). The mixture of these compounds works synergistically. Lipo-C helps stimulate the liver into optimizing the process of metabolism, elevates the movement of and utilization of fat.
- NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide): NAD+ is vital for cell function and viability. Low levels of NAD+ have recently been associated with a variety of age-related ailments including increased oxidative/free radical damage, diabetes, heart disease, vascular dysfunction, ischemic brain injury, Alzeheimer’s disease and vision loss.
- Selenium: Selenium is an essential element and plays a key role in metabolism. It is also a powerful antioxidant. Selenium has been attributed to reduced DNA damage, improved heart health and destruction of cancer cells.
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