High Dose Vitamin Therapy: What You Should Know
Written by Tara Smith February 8, 2017
A Healthy Shift
The health industry has stepped up its game by introducing high dose intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy.
The first experiment with IV vitamins was with niacin (vitamin B3) by Dr. William B. Parsons in 1956. His experiment observed changes in blood cholesterol, more specifically a decline in LDL and an increase in HDL. The only drawback of niacin is high amounts can cause flushing, or a mild burning sensation.
It is widely accepted that vitamins are crucial to our health, and without vitamins we would be plagued with disease. Our food supply has been declining in nutrient density, so it’s no surprise that the supplement industry has boomed over the past couple decades. Today, many people take vitamins and supplements to reduce their risk of disease, increase physical and mental performance, aid in detoxification, and other therapeutic means.
High Dose Vitamin Therapy vs. Pills
You might be wondering what the difference is between IV vitamins and pill-form vitamins. And does it really matter? While over-the-counter pill vitamins are easier to take than trying to find a vein, pill form vitamins are not absorbed 100% through your digestive system. Your stomach is very particular about what can be absorbed, and the amount that is able to absorbed at once. For example, IV Vitamin C can raise blood levels up to 80 mg/dl, whereas oral supplementation can only reach 9.3 mg/dl. Huge difference.
Many illnesses and conditions are associated with digestive disturbances that limit the absorption of nutrients needed for the body to repair itself and thrive. Certain conditions, diseases, and inflammation can cause the body to metabolize the nutrients at a faster rate and may require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are given intravenously, the digestion is bypassed and cells are able to reach the cells effectively.
Dr. John Myers was the first to truly pioneer IV vitamins and minerals. He administered IV nutrition for patients suffering from chronic fatigue, depression or acute infections. His famous cocktails comprised of a special blend of magnesium, calcium, various B Vitamins and Vitamin C. His concoction has been modified over the years to treat the symptoms of asthma, migraines, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, narcotic withdrawals and even hangovers. Myers cocktails are readily available at most holistic health clinics, including The NAD Treatment Center.
High dose vitamin therapy can also help cancer patients recover from their chemotherapy. IV glutathione, a potent antioxidant, was shown to decrease neuropathic pain in cancer patients. Glutathione is found in every organ, especially your liver, and helps protect your cell membranes and proteins from damage. Our body’s ability to produce glutathione decreases with age and is also effected by substance abuse. To ensure maximum detoxification with ease, The NAD Treatment Center uses a combination of Myer’s cocktail and IV glutathione when treating their patients.
Foods such as red grapes, blueberries, and dark chocolate contain amounts of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol.
You’ve probably heard of resveratrol, and how it may help prevent heart disease. Similar to glutathione, resveratrol is another potent antioxidant, although your body cannot produce resveratrol on its own. Grape skins, along with other berries, dark chocolate, and pistachios are all good sources of resveratrol. But keep in mind that your digestive system can also interfere with your ability to absorb resveratrol effectively.
Resveratrol alone can be very therapeutic, but can also amplify the effectiveness of other types of therapies. Resveratrol and NAD (see next section) work as a team to activate a class of enzymes known as sirtuins. This class of enzymes have anti-aging properties by positively effecting metabolism and aging. The NAD Treatment Center has observed amazing results when combining these superhero supplements together.
NAD+ increases the energy your cells produce so you can do more of the things you love.
NAD therapy is a new and promising therapy for a wide range of conditions due to the impact it has on a cellular level. IV NAD therapy restores health to those who feel helpless and trapped by their conditions. Addicts glide through their detox from alcohol and drugs by experiencing little to no withdrawal symptoms. More importantly, clients struggling with addiction are able to walk away with cravings that are minimal to none and have a new sense of freedom.
Are you baby boomer dreading the inevitable? Or secretly wishing you could have the energy you had in your 20s and 30s? Anti-aging is another key benefit from IV NAD therapy through activating sirtuins, which depend on NAD to modify gene expression. Sirtuins modify many of the genes that are linked to the pathologies of age-related diseases, such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive-related diseases. Everyone’s NAD levels decline with age, therefore NAD anti-aging therapy may help prevent your risk of age-related diseases.
NAD therapy may provide hope for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as well. No one should have to battle the debilitating symptoms of CFS. Luckily, IV NAD addresses the source of the problem by increasing energy on a cellular level, providing almost immediate relief.
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