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How Long Does IV Vitamin C Stay In Your System?

How Long Does IV Vitamin C Stay In Your System?

By Dr. Patrick Lovegrove Medically Reviewed by Lindsay Langley, BSN, RN, CHT
Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
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How Long Does IV Vitamin C Stay In Your System?

What is IV Vitamin C?

IV vitamin C is an intravenous form of the nutrient and remains in the body for much longer than other forms. The common question of people is, how long does IV vitamin C stay in your system? Studies have shown that IV vitamin C stays in the bloodstream for up to 12 hours after administration. In comparison, other forms, such as oral supplements, typically remain in the system for only 2-3 hours.

Administering intravenously is safe. IV vitamin C is not broken down by the digestive tract like oral supplements, allowing more of it to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream.

The body begins to break down IV vitamin C soon after its introduction, eventually eliminating it through urine. The rate at which processing and eliminating IV vitamin C often depends on the individual. It should consider the amount of vitamin C and the patient’s overall health status.

Generally speaking, healthier people process IV vitamin C faster than those with existing health issues or underlying conditions.

What are the Benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy?

The benefits of IV vitamin C are numerous, from optimal immune system support to aid in cell repair and renewal. Vitamin C helps protect cells from oxidative damage caused by environmental toxins. It also reduces inflammation, boosts energy levels, and promotes healthy skin by promoting collagen production. It also plays an essential role in digestion due to its ability to help absorb certain minerals like iron and zinc.

In summary, IV vitamin C stays in your system for up to 12 hours after administration. However, this varies depending on individual health status and how much IV vitamin C they take. While IV vitamin C has many benefits for overall health and wellness, we always recommend consulting a physician before taking any supplement.

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Dr. Patrick Lovegrove

Dr. Patrick Lovegrove is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. He was born in Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia where he majored in Biology. He received a Medical School Scholarship from the United States Air Force. A graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, his over 20 years of clinical experience includes Family Practice, Anti-aging, Holistic Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Aerospace, Sports, and Emergency Medicine. He believes that holistic medicine should be integrated with conventional medicine in a scientifically based model to achieve the best results for patients.