You probably have heard of intravenous (IV)
nutritional therapies, as they have become very popular over the past few
years. Many clinics in the greater Phoenix area are now offering IV therapies
to meet the public demand, and they are now offered in some spas and gyms. But
why all the hype and demand for these therapies—what are they and how do they
IV nutrition therapy is “nutrition in a bag”
given intravenously into the blood stream. A needle or catheter is inserted
into the vein, and medical tubing connects to a bag of IV fluid. IV therapy is
typically administrated by a registered nurse or doctor; however, a doctor
should authorize its use.
When it comes to IV therapy there are
options. The most popular are Hydration, Myers’ Cocktail, Vitamin C and NAD (nicotinamide
adenine dinucleotide). They all have different health benefits, so it is
important to gain a basic understanding to point you in the right direction. A
diagnosis provided by a doctor will ensure you are receiving the right IV with the
correct amount of ingredients for your individual needs. The decision of what
therapy to get will depend on many factors, such as your age, current medical
condition and medical history.
One of the most important things to keep
in mind when deciding where to get your IV, is what amounts/doses of nutrients are
being used, as this will make a difference, not only in price point but results
achieved. Thus, it is important to go to a doctor that takes time to know your
personal challenges and needs, so that you get the right IV and formula for
Hydration IV Therapy given in hospitals consists of saline
solution, which is a combination of sterile water and sodium chloride (salt),
and in some cases, sugar, which is not healthy. However, in clinics, spas and
gyms, it’s common to add electrolytes; these could include magnesium,
potassium, B vitamins, sulfate, and calcium for hydration.
Myers’ Cocktail IV
Therapy is popular to do before an athletic
event or just to re-energize. It is also known as the hangover cure. The late
John Myers, M.D., designed the formula for conditions such as fatigue,
fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, upper respiratory infections, seasonal allergies
and more. Today, there are many different formulas, but typically they include vitamin
C, vitamin B complex, calcium and magnesium. However, other ingredients can be
added based on individual medical needs, such as potassium; vitamins B5, B6 and
B12; glutathione; and zinc.
Vitamin C IV Therapy is known to boost the immune system and
improve overall wellness. It can increase one’s energy and reduce stress. High-dose
vitamin C is also available in clinics. It is typically for more serious
conditions, and the dose given depends upon the person’s body and what it can
absorb. This should be determined by a doctor.
NAD IV Therapy is known to improve brain function and has
anti-aging properties. It can also help improve mental clarity and sleep
quality, reduce depression, lower stress levels, and boost energy. NAD is often
used with addiction recovery to drastically reduce withdrawal symptoms in
persons detoxing from drugs or alcohol. NAD is an amino acid that plays a
critical role in the cellular mitochondrial function. NAD is a naturally
occurring coenzyme found in every cell, giving the body the energy it needs to
survive. NAD levels decrease with age, and this can potentially damage DNA.
NAD can be very expensive depending upon
the amount used and what other ingredients are added. NAD amounts vary but
typically can be anywhere from 250 milligrams to 1,000 milligrams. It is
possible to add electrolytes, vitamin B complex, vitamin B12, vitamin C, magnesium,
glutathione and zinc, but again, this should be determined on a case-by-case
Who would benefit from nutritional IV therapy?
Just about everyone. We live in a stressful and toxic world, and our foods have
become deficient in vital minerals and nutrients. Nutritional IVs can improve overall
health, performance and chronic health situations.
Nutritional IVs are very safe and
generally have no side effects. Occasionally, one may experience some
discomfort, bruising, itching or redness at the site of injection that could
last a few minutes or a few days. The benefits of IV nutritional therapy are
significantly greater than any side effect.