Vitamin infusions are performed by inserting a cannula into one of your peripheral veins. This is identical to what they do in the hospital if you arrive dehydrated. A healthcare professional will insert an IV into an appropriate vein in your arm. Then, a high quality sterilized vitamin infusion kit will be prepared that meets your personalized needs. The vitamin kit will then be infused at the appropriate rate. Vitamin infusions are useful since intravenously infused vitamins reach much higher levels in your bloodstream than you can achieve by eating foods or taking supplements. In fact, receiving a Myers cocktail frequently gives patients a metallic taste in their mouth due to exceptionally high vitamin levels.
Vitamin infusions have been used for various reasons over many years, including migraines, hangovers, asthma attacks, DNA damage, Parkinson’s disease, nerve damage, and much more. You can read about each vitamin infusion to learn more about the details of each. It will also explain the theories of why the vitamins work intravenously compared to taking it by mouth. Much more research is needed for vitamin infusion in order to truly determine their efficacy. For now, we recommended vitamin infusions based on your labs, symptoms, and small studies that demonstrate improvement.
Although vitamin infusions appear to cost more, the amount your body absorbs and retains makes its value comparable to oral vitamins. For example, the vast majority of glutathione taken orally is destroyed by the stomach mucosa. Recent studies show that oral glutathione does improve red blood cell glutathione levels, but more research is needed to determine exactly how much makes it into the bloodstream. However, the entire dose of a glutathione infusion is represented in the bloodstream. If we do some simple math based on theory, glutathione orally is usually taken 200 mg twice daily. If 90% of it is destroyed, you get 40 mg per day. When you receive a glutathione infusion, the normal dose is 2000 mg per infusion. It would take you 50 days to get that much glutathione from an oral preparation.
A similar situation happens with the Myers cocktail, which includes high dose B vitamins, Vitamin C, and magnesium. While B vitamins can be found readily over the counter, many people do not absorb vitamins especially B12. In order to absorb appropriate amounts of B12, normal stomach acid, appropriate digestion, and good nutrition are required. Many Americans do not have enough stomach acid due to the overuse of stomach acid reducers like Nexium, TUMS, and Zantac. This directly inhibits the amount of B12 absorbed by limiting the amount of B12 that can be removed from food. Therefore, even if you consume extra B12 in the form of vitamins, you may not be achieving the serum levels of B12 that are required.
Many people choose to get B12 shots. Another way to get the entire B complex into your bloodstream is to receive a Myers cocktail that has high dose B complex vitamins. By receiving a vitamin infusion, you skip the step requiring stomach acid. Moreover, some people
genetically lack the necessary Intrinsic Factor that is required to absorb B12. Without Intrinsic Factor, you could have normal amounts of stomach acid, but you would definitely not absorb enough B12. In fact, not that long ago, people used to die from Intrinsic Factor deficiency. It causes Pernicious Anemia, and people would die very slowly from it hence the term pernicious.
High Dose Vitamin C
High dose Vitamin C infusions are frequently used to improve Epstein-Barr Virus levels (EBV) as was proven effective by the Riordan Clinic. It has also been used as an adjunctive treatment for cancer since high dose Vitamin C acts as an oxidative stressor to cancer cells. These cancerous cells do not have healthy defense mechanisms like normal healthy cells.
Additional Infusion Components
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Phosphatidylcholine (Essentiale N)
- Trace Minerals
- More information on these coming soon!