IV Nutrition Therapy
What is IV Nutrition Therapy?
Intravenous Nutrient Therapy is the administration of Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids directly into the blood stream through a vein. We are able to bypass the gastro intestinal system, allowing us to administer higher doses of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the body.
Why IV Nutrition Therapy
Various nutrients have been shown to exert pharmacological effects only achievable by IV administration. E.g. Vitamin C has been demonstrated at a concentration of 1-15mg/dl, a level only achievable with IV but not achieved orally.
IV therapy works on a foundational level to provide the body with what it needs to activate its self-healing mechanisms, increase metabolism, and balance the immune system.
IV nutrition therapy is a safe and effective way to achieve optimal health and prevent disease.
Our body requires at least 30 vitamins and minerals and amino acids to function but cannon manufacture on its own in sufficient amounts.
Vitamins – are organic and be broken down by heat, air or acid.
Minerals – are inorganic and hold onto their chemical structure
Minerals find their way to your body through plants, fish, animals and fluids that you consume.
IV Nutrition Therapy Treatments
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
B Complex Vitamins
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and is essential for growth and repair. Humans cannot synthesise vitamin C, although every cell in our body needs it!
- Beneficial for skin
- Wound healing
- Protects against stress
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improves blood flow
- Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
- Regulates sugar levels
- Helps breathlessness
- Improves asthma symptoms
- Reduced risk of cataracts
Helps the body convert carbohydrates to energy and provides immune support.
Plays a key role in mucus membrane maintenance, fertility, healthy eyes, skin and nervous system. B2 deficiency may increase headache and migraine frequency.
Nicatinamide’s main function is to help produce energy from food. It supports the immune system, brain and nervous system, and can support the heart and circulatory health.
Vitamin B5, Along with helping with energy metabolism, is involved in your body’s production of sex and stress hormones in the adrenal glands, which is why it is often described as the “anti-stress vitamin”. It is also important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract, good skin and general good health.
Vitamin B6 helps the body to extract energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is a major player in mood and sleep patterns and is the most important vitamin in amino acid metabolism.
The role of biotin has not been researched deeply and is still somewhat of a mystery, however, is known to play a role in sugar and fat metabolism. It is associated with healthy hair, skin and nails and is sometimes known as the beauty vitamin.
Folate is also known as folic acid. This is crucial for proper brain function and emotional/mental health. This vitamin is especially important for pregnant women since it is shown to support the baby’s growth and prevent neurological birth defects. It works closely with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and help iron work properly in the body.
Vitamin B12 is a powerhouse and works closely with other B vitamins
- It helps make DNA, nerves and blood cells and is crucial for the immune system. The body’s metabolism will not run smoothly without it, and up to 15% of people can be deficient in B12.
- People deficient are more likely to be vegetarian/vegan, have coeliac disease or other digestive problems or be an adult over 50.
- The signs of B12 deficiency include exhaustion, rapid heartbeat, brain fog and other symptoms and are only found in animal products like eggs, meats, shellfish and dairy.
- It is essential for healthy skin, hair and nails, can aid the digestive system, and help in cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin.
- B12 can commonly be administered alone in IM form to the deltoid or gluteal muscle.
- Additionally B12 is commonly marketed to be used as a one off “booster” injection in patients with complaints of lethargy
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant found naturally in every cell in the body. It is a combination of three types of molecules known as amino acids, including cysteine, glycine and glutamine.
Glutathionehas many important functions, including:
- Making DNA, the building blocks of proteins and cells
- Supporting immune function
- Forming sperm cells
- Breaking down some free radicals
- Helping certain enzymes function
- Regenerating vitamins C and E
- Transporting mercury out of the brain
- Helping the liver and gallbladder deal with fats
- Assisting regular cell death (a process known as apoptosis)
Researchers have found links between low levels of glutathione and some diseases, and it is possible to increase glutathione levels through oral or IV supplementation
Protein is the second most abundant substance in the body after water. All protein is made up of different combinations of amino acids.
Health Benefits of Amino Acid Supplements
- Fat loss
- Muscle retention
- Muscle growth
Arginine can be produced by the body but is often needed in larger amounts via diet or supplements.
Conditions which increase the requirements for arginine include stress, injury, heart disease, liver disease and growth hormone deficiency
- Improves cardiovascular health & blood circulation
- Strengthens the immune system
- Natural remedy for erectile dysfunction
- Improves insulin
- Supports the production of collagen
- Promotes hair growth
- Minimises stress
- Improves the burning of excess fat
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Ruth Parsons, RGN, Dip HE, INP (Independent Nurse Prescriber) is the principal and founder of Frontalis. A lifelong native of Bristol, Ruth is a Registered Nurse with 13 years’ experience in Acute Medicine, A&E, general nursing, and as a GP Practice Nurse. Ruth has also spent four years’ working as a Surgical Nurse within cosmetic surgery and has qualified as an Aesthetician specialising in muscle relaxing injections, dermal fillers and other skin rejuvenation techniques.