IV nutrition therapy is a method of providing vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other vital nutrients to the body through the vein.
IV therapy is advantageous to oral administration because this therapy allows the medication to bypass degradation and avoid conversion of its inactive form to its active form in the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) and directly enter the bloodstream for enhanced absorption by the cells that require nutrients.
Moreover, it provides the body with nutrients to correct intercellular deficiencies, reduce oxidative stress loads, and detoxify cellular metabolism. It helps with preventing and treating a wide variety of diseases and conditions and improving the patients overall health and well-being.
Understanding IV Nutrition Therapy: Myers Cocktail and Glutathione
Most commonly used in IV nutritional therapy is the Myers Cocktail, which was first introduced by Dr. John Myers in the mid-20th century in Baltimore, Maryland. After it was introduced, studies were conducted that presented with evidence, which showed its safety and effectiveness.
After Dr. Myers death in 1984, many of his patients have continuously received this therapy; some daily, weekly, or monthly for years – 25 years or more in a few cases.
Today, more than 1,000 doctors in the United States use this therapy. Myers Cocktail consists of a combination of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, which is generally administered in a 30 to 40 minute time period intravenously.
With an administration of this cocktail, the unhealthy cells are being exposed with nutrients to correct its nutritional deficiencies. In addition, this cocktail is designed to increase energy, improve immune functions, and decrease pain.
Glutathione is the most important antioxidant in the body because it protects the body from free radicals that cause oxidative stress, leading to various degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
It is also considered to be a great liver detoxifier, such that it provides protection from pollution, radiation, drugs, carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals. Since it has a poor bioavailability through the oral route, it is usually given in the IV form.
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