WHY DO VITAMINS AND MINERALS NEED TO BE GIVEN INTRAVENOUSLY?

  • By Dr. Anand Thakkar
  • 31 Aug, 2016

WHY DO VITAMINS AND MINERALS NEED TO BE GIVEN INTRAVENOUSLY?

We frequently notice significant improvements when using intravenous therapy. Many patients who seek our help did not experience health improvements with medications and high doses of oral supplements. Generally, it can be useful to take vitamins and minerals orally, and we recommend that when appropriate. But, if vitamins and minerals are not adequately absorbed into the body, they are useless. Frequently, due to certain disease states that create intestinal malabsorption, patients do not adequately absorb vitamins and minerals through the gut, or gastrointestinal tract. This creates a situation in which patients do not experience the results they want. Another factor is too much supplement intake. For example, taking large doses of oral magnesium and Vitamin C can result in diarrhea due to effects on the bowel. Intravenous administration of magnesium, Vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals does not have that effect, and the amounts given can be much higher compared to oral pills.

The rationale for using intravenous vitamin therapy is associated with two major factors.

  • Absorption of intravenous therapy may be superior to oral pills due to limitations of the gut to effectively process therapeutic levels of various micronutrients.
  • Higher plasma levels of various micronutrients can be established quickly with intravenous therapy thereby creating a deeper, faster influence on cellular metabolic processes, which leads to a better overall cellular function.

We are trained to identify patients we know will not improve as much as they could without the intravenous route. This is a critical strategy in helping people who have had no prior success to finally improve using this modality. These individuals also feel better faster.

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