Benefits & Associated ‘Risks’ of Intravenous Vitamin Drips

Dr Jacques Otto, founder of Intravita & Dr Samantha Gammell discussed the benefits of Intravenous Nutritional Therapy (Intravenous Vitamin Drips) and factors to be aware of when treating patients with Aesthetic Journal. This blog will discuss the benefits and associated ‘risks’ of Intravenous Vitamin Drips quoting the article.

Demand for intravenous nutritional therapy (IVNT) has increased in the UK since it became popular. However, despite this growing trend, IVNT is still considered by some as a controversial topic, perhaps because, often in medical school, there is little or no time spent learning about vitamins and nutrients in detail. 

At Clinetix our medical practitioners are specially trained in IV nutritional therapy. Our medical team have a theoretical knowledge of vitamins and nutrients and practical experience of administering the correct intravenous vitamin infusions for your nutritional needs.

 

What is the need for Intravenous Nutritional Therapy?

Our body requires ‘raw materials’ to operate properly and effectively and to stay healthy.

These include at least 30 vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body needs, but cannot manufacture on its own in sufficient amounts. Many believe that we should be able to get all nutrients we need through our diet, however, with increasingly busy lifestyles, the decreasing trend of cooking from scratch with fresh organic produce and the overwhelming increase in convenience food, fast food and takeaways, this is often not the case. Even for those who are conscious about what they eat, the nutrients in our food are simply no the same as they were in previous generations…”

These essential nutrients can be replaced through IV infusions to restore your body to optimum health and energy levels.

In addition, there are also numerous conditions and circumstances in which additional nutrients are required above and beyond the ‘recommended daily allowance’ such as poor digestion, food sensitivities, chronic inflammation, stress, exercise, alcohol and simply just the ageing process. A vicious cycle then ensues. When cells are not healthy or not functioning to their maximum capacity they are not as effective in transporting vitamins and minerals to where they are needed. This is because many cells require energy (obtained from these same nutrients) in order to transport nutrients.”

Unlike taking vitamins orally, IV administration of nutrients can enter the bloodstream directly and immediately. Much higher concentrations of nutrients can be delivered directly to the body’s cells through intravenous therapy, allowing the body to better absorb and utilise these essential nutrients. Whist oral supplements are still beneficial, few people are aware that the body’s natural absorption process can render up to 85% of a vitamin pill useless, so only 15% of the active nutrients may actually find their way into the bloodstream.

 

Are there any side effects with IV infusions?

Our most frequently asked questions about IV infusions are in relation to the safety and associated side effects. All of our IV vitamin infusions are performed in a sterile environment by our experienced medical team. We use high quality ingredients in all of our IV infusions to minimise the risk of allergic reactions.

 

What is in a Vitamin Infusion?

“Just like all areas of medicine and aesthetics, the results, benefits and risks of any procedure depend largely on the quality of products, the type and combination of products used and the knowledge and skill of the administering physician”.

At Clinetix we use IV Infusions from Intravita. All of Intravita Vitamin Infusions have been thoroughly researched and developed by a team of leading experts in the field. By practising this type of evidence-based medicine we can tailor each of our vitamin drips to ensure maximum effectiveness combined with minimal side effects.

 

What minerals could I find in an Intravenous Infusion?

At Clinetix we design all of our Intravenous Nutritional Therapy ‘cocktails’ are designed bespoke to meet your nutritional requirements. Dependent on what your medical practitioner thinks you may need your intravenous infusion could contain:

Magnesium

“Research has indicated that the mineral content of magnesium in food sources has decreased. As well as this, studies in the US have also indicated that an estimated 75% of people do not meet the recommended daily allowance of magnesium…”

Magnesium is essential for healthy bones, teeth, heart and brain tissue. Magnesium is known to promote restful sleep, reduce stress, lessen headaches, relax mucles and is critical for energy production.

Calcium

We all know that Calcium is necessary for healthy teeth and bones, but do you know it’s other benefits?

“Calcium is required for healthy teeth and bones. It also helps trigger the clotting process by activating fibrin and together with magnesium, calcium helps in the regulation of heartbeat, muscle contraction, muscle tone and nerve conduction. Magnesium and calcium need to be in balance with each other to fully experience good health.”

Zinc

Conservative estimates suggest that 25% of the world’s population is at risk of zinc deficiency”.

Zinc is vital for the immune system and plays an essential role in a number of biochemical pathways. Zinc not only acts as a mood stabiliser but is also essential for good skin, hair and nails and is vital for taste, smell, appetite, fertility and vision.

Selenium

“Incorporated into protein to make selonoproteins, selenium has a huge range of health benefits, it is anti-ageing, boosts immunity, improves brain function, anti-viral, improves fertility and regulates the thyroid”.

 

What vitamins could I find in an Intravenous Infusion?
Vitamins B5, B6, B12 and Vitamin B Complex

“Whilst many B Vitamins work in tandem, each B vitamin is chemically distinct and has its own specific benefits from converting food into energy, cell metabolism, promoting cell growth and division, forming red blood cells, enhancing the immune system, maintaining health skin and muscle tone and easing stress and improving mood.

Vitamin C

Although humans cannot synthesise Vitamin C, every tissue and cell in the body needs it for healthy growth and repair.”

Vitamin C is beneficial for the skin, enhances wound healing, helps lower cholesterol, improves blood flow and regulates sugar levels.

What antioxidants could I find in an Intravenous Infusion?
Glutathione

“In our opinion, Glutathione (GSH) is the superhero of all antioxidants. If you are sick or elderly or are just not in peak shape, you are likely to have a glutathione deficiency. 

Although the body produces its own glutathione, poor diet, pollution, toxins, medication, and radiation all deplete levels of glutathione. Glutathione is a ‘superhero’ as it improves energy and recovery times from physical activity all whilst supporting the immune system.

 

What Amino acids could I find in an Intravenous Infusion?

“Approximately 24 known amino acids are needed by the body to form more than 50,000 unique proteins it requires”.

Arginine

Arginine performs many vital functions within the body, largely due to its formation of nitric oxide”. 

Arginine is known to improve cardiovascular health, improve insulin resistance, support the production of collage, strengthen the immune system, minimise stress and improve burning of excess fat.

Carnitine

Carnitine is increasingly popular with athletes as it is known to enhance fat burning and increase vitality. Carnitine also reduces stress and supports the immune system.

 

Cysteine

Known as the anti-ageing amino acid, cysteine has many qualities that prevent or help reverse the ageing process. In fact it has been suggested that ageing may actually be a deficiency in cysteine.”

Glutamine

Glutamine is integral to a whole host of systems in the body.”

Glutamine helps to build and maintain muscle mass, help against stress and anxiety and counteracts fat storage.

 

Taurine

Taurine is regularly known for reducing fatigue but there are a number of other benefits associated with the amino acid. Taurine also reduces anxiety and stress, burns fat, reduces recovery time after physical activity and improves brain function.

 

Methionine

Helps to process and eliminate fat, boosts athletic performance, essential for healthy collagen formation, helps the body eliminate toxins”.

 

Ornithine

Ornithine promotes the release of growth hormone than in turn promotes the metabolism of excess fat. Ornithine is required for immune system and liver function, reduces stress and improves sleep.

 

Phenylalanine

“Phenylalanine is used to produce tyrosine, a precursor of dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are important for maintain a sense of well being and energy. Phenylalanine also directly affects mood, helps with fatigue, depression, food craving and chronic pain.”

 

Conclusion

“With the UK following similar trends and lifestyles to those in the US it is not surprising that IVNT in the UK is growing at an exponential rate. IVNT is a very safe and
beneficial treatment to the large majority of patients. However it is imperative that practitioners are adequately trained and that proper high quality nutrients are used in the IV cocktails. It is unfortunate that already we have seen clinics offering bags of saline mixed with anti-emetics and anti-inflammatories, and still labelling this as ‘nutrition therapy’. Anti-emetics and anti-inflammatories are not by definition ‘nutrients’ (a substance that provides nourishment essential for the maintenance of life and for growth), they have nothing to do with nutrients and have been used purely to treat hangovers. Hopefully, with correct training and the medical technicalities required to administer IVNT we can prevent IVNT falling into rogue, untrained hands, as occurs too often with many aesthetic treatments.”

At Clinetix all of our IV Nutrition Therapy is performed by our highly trained and experienced medical team using high quality Intravita infusions. We strongly believe in using IV infusions to improve your health and general well-being not as a quick fix to ‘treat’ hangovers. We design bespoke intravenous infusions to meet your concerns. To see a full list of the vitamin infusions we offer click here.

To read the full article in Aesthetics Journal click here.


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