Let's get something straight first and put forward a little disclaimer...There are a lack of scientific studies to show that IV therapy has any real benefit for you and there are a lot of 'top docs' out there that will rant and rave about " Why would you go and stick a needle into your vein?" etc.
Well, why would you get into a car? That can be dangerous too. Yeh, there are risks in everything...So we strive to minisimise those risks through proper practice and aseptic techniques with procedures carried out by qualified and registered professionals.
Now, back to the original point. Whilst yes, there are a lack of formal studies, that doesn't mean IV therapy does not work in the right situations. Are you sick? unwell? hungover? run down?
IV therapy may help in these sorts of situations and may re-hydrate you, boost your immune system, boost you energy levels and detoxify your body through a combination of vitamins and minerals. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there to suggest that there may be some benefit to IV therapy.
So, whats in our IV therapy bags that may boost you energy levels, detoxify you and ramp up your immune system potentially having anti-inflammatory effects? Well, keep reading.
The Recharge Cocktail
Vitamin C 15,000mg/infusion
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps clean up free radicals before they wreak havoc.
- High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer for decades
- Your body is in constant contact with free radicals — atoms that damage cells and cause aging. Some come from outside sources, and some come from your cells’ day-to-day activities. Too many, and you get oxidative stress which can lead to nasty things like cancer, cardiovascular disease, ulcers and all inflammatory diseases like arthritis.(1)
- Animal studies have shown that high-dose vitamin C treatment can block tumor growth and in human studies has shown an improvement in quality of life. (2)
- Vitamin C is a co-factor for various enzymes and in particular, those involved in immune, nerve and bone cells. Vitamin C is important for wound healing, reducing inflammation, energy metabolism and nervous system function. (3)
Vitamin B1 (10mg), B2 (5mg), B3 (100mg), B5 (20mg), B6 (50mg)/infusion
- These B vitamins are required by the body for normal metabolic processes in your cells, including the production of energy.
- Together they may increase cellular metabolism, including the metabolism of alcohol and assist with nutrient metabolism and releasing energy from macro nutrients
- They may also increase synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine
Magnesium 2.5g (10.3 mmol)/infusion
- A mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.(4) Adults who consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium are more likely to have elevated inflammation markers. Inflammation, in turn, has been associated with major health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.
- With regards to your neurology, magnesium plays an essential role in nerve transmission and neuromuscular conduction. It also functions in a protective role against excessive excitation that can lead to neuronal cell death. Without enough magnesium to protect our neurological systems, there is a chance for oxidative stress and neuronal cell death.(5)
- Brain magnesium deficiency reduces serotonin levels.(6)
- Magnesium also keeps glutamate, which is an excitatory neurotransmitter, within healthy limits.
- People with higher magnesium levels also have healthy amounts of serotonin in the cerebrospinal fluid and the synthesis of dopamine requires magnesium.
- Your body needs magnesium to make these neurotransmitters and help them transmit
- Brain magnesium levels suffer a rapid decline in alcohol intoxication as well as with use of other illicit substances
- Therefore, IV magnesium therapy may help in increasing you serotonin levels and helping your brain recover from a big night out
- Recent data indicates that around 10%–30% of a given population has subclinical magnesium deficiency based on serum magnesium levels <0.80 mmol/L.(7) Levels greater than 0.80 mmol/L have been proposed to be optimal. (8)
*Other prescription medications may be administered if deemed clinically appropriate and prescribed by the treating doctor.
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10. Vogt, Barbara L and John P Richie. “Glutathione depletion and recovery after acute ethanol administration in the aging mouse” Biochemical pharmacologyvol. 73,10 (2007): 1613-21.