IV Drip Vitamins: The new health cocktail

Mainline your multi
Instead of popping a multivitamin, a growing number of healthy individuals are opting for an intravenous fix.
The treatment is available to anyone looking for a little extra pep in their step, and ardent wellness fans, over-stressed executives, nightlife mavens, and elite athletes have all jumped on the trend. In Las Vegas, an anesthesiologist cruises the Strip in the custom-fitted Hangover Heaven bus offering on-the-spot infusions touted for their hangover-soothing qualities. In Los Angeles, where there are plenty of celebrity practitioners raising the treatment’s profile (Rhianna even tweeted pictures of herself with the needle in her arm), it’s become so commonplace among the beautiful people that the prodigious community of cosmetic surgeons has adopted it as a service add-on.

Not sick, just kind of meh
The patients are typically looking for a little boost to their energy. They feel run down or they’re not sleeping well or maybe they’re catching a lot of colds. The infusion can be tweaked to address their particular brand of the blahs. Florida-based DefyMedical is trying to establish a national brand and has created a menu of pre-mixed vitamin cocktails for the most common complaints, and it ships them out to be administered at medical offices and clinics around the country. Proprietary blends include an infusion that claims to improve athletic performance, the ‘Alpha’ blend (Replenish, Restore, and Revitalize), and the toxin-removing AfterParty.

Is more necessarily better?
The ‘drippers’ swear that the effects of IV vitamin therapy are vastly different from the results you get from oral supplements. They report feeling a significant sense of well-being within hours or even minutes of the infusion. The clinical evidence is less clear.

Intravenous vitamins are absorbed more quickly and fully than pills, and can kick-start energy production at a cellular level. That’s the reason that for decades the medical community has prescribed intravenous vitamins as a standard medical treatment for a variety of digestive and immune system ailments that can interfere with the body’s natural ability to absorb nutrients from food or oral compounds. But most scientists doubt that they can have much effect on a healthy system with blood nutrient levels already in a relatively normal range.

An IV vitamin treatment usually costs between $50 and $250. Some people choose to have them weekly. There’s a small chance that the cocktail can cause an electrolyte  imbalance, and as with any IV drip there is some risk of infection. All factors to consider before you elect to flood your veins with vitamins.

For a needle-free hang over cure, read Gigabiting’s Hung Over? You Need Food!

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