VITAMIN C INFUSIONS
Why not try one of the latest celebrity health fads? Intravenous vitamin therapy.
They’re a point of controversy, but intravenous vitamins have been found to boost the immune system, fight fatigue and even help overcome chronic disease.
Some of its celebrity advocates? Madonna, Simon Cowell, and Cindy Crawford. A few weeks ago Rihanna even Tweeted a picture of herself getting an IV drip of what she named the
SO, WHAT’S IN THE INFUSION?
It’s a solution of vitamins and minerals called a Myers’ Cocktail, invented over 30 years ago by Baltimore physician John Myers. It contains magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12) and vitamin C.
Critics argue the IV version offers little more than a balanced diet and a vitamin tablet would, however, there are studies that show the efficacy of the intravenous delivery. In 2004, the US National Institutes of Health found that blood concentrations of vitamin C were 6.6 times greater when given intravenously than when the same amount was given to patients orally.
The vitamins are typically given in larger doses than are present in vitamin supplements. For example, the amount of Vitamin C (up to 25 grams) is almost 300 times the recommended daily dose of 90 milligrams!
Other vitamins or ingredients may be added to the Myers’ Cocktail protocol, “customising” it to the client’s diagnosis and overall health as well as the condition being treated.
The procedure typically takes between one and two hours, and can cost $300 plus per session. Many devotees attend regular sessions.
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