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Merge Medical Center uses Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Infusion by introducing vitamin and nutrient rich cocktails directly into the bloodstream. These nutrients are delivered to our cells that need them the most. Intravenous Vitamin Therapy has been practiced since the early 1930s and even more popularized in the 1980s by a Physician from Baltimore named John Myers who developed the “Myer’s cocktail” consisting of solution of vitamins and minerals containing calcium, magnesium, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B9, B12, and vitamin C. Vitamins, nutrients, and minerals are essential to maintain internal cell health, a glowing appearance, a strong immune system and prevent disease. Many people believe that we can receive everything necessary to our health through the food that we eat. In order for the nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body, they must first surpass the stomach, the liver, and the intestines. After this digestive process, researchers have found that we only absorb barely 8% of the nutrients from digested food. People with slow, sluggish digestive symptoms or malabsorption conditions are expected to absorb even less of that amount. To add to the issue, patients with compromised immune systems may need even more than the maximum nutrients that one food may provide. Intravenous Vitamin Therapy is beneficial through its bypass of the digestion process, providing quick and effective therapy.
Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Therapy delivers vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly to the body for maximum absorption. This allows the nutrients to flood your body and nourish itself at the cellular level. By using this method, we can safely deliver larger doses that would not otherwise be tolerated orally.
We’ve taken a traditional medical treatment and given it a modern twist.
Intravenous vitamin therapy bypasses the stomach and intestines. This means no upset stomach or intestinal problems like cramps, nausea, or diarrhea, which sometimes result from taking high doses of certain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and magnesium. This allows for high dose therapy for effective treatment outcomes
Research has shown that there are specific blood or tissue concentrations of certain nutrients that must be achieved in order for them to be pharmacologically active. Vitamin C is a good example of such a nutrient. Numerous studies show high concentrations of Vitamin C are required in the serum and intracellular fluid before it can exert its beneficial effects. These high concentrations simply cannot be achieved by taking the nutrients orally; the bulk of vitamins and minerals swallowed in pill or liquid form is excreted, with very little actually absorbed into the bloodstream. Complicating this further is that many patients have conditions that impair their intestinal absorption in the first place. Finally, as noted above, many patients cannot tolerate high doses of certain vitamins and minerals because these upset their stomachs or cause loose stools. Only intravenous vitamin therapy can directly deliver pharmacologically effective doses of the required nutrients.
As we age, we become more nutritionally deficient. Later, this can result in damage to your DNA – damage that can lead to premature aging, chronic disease, cancer and early death. IV nutrition therapy presents a powerful way to help the body at a cellular level to be more efficient and to also repair itself from the toxic environment that we live in. Therapies that help repair the damages we encounter are called regenerative medicine. I.V. nutrition therapy is the cornerstone for regenerative medicine.
I.V. therapies usually last from 30 minutes to one hour per session. Depending on the specific protocol being administered, some may last up to two hours. Amount of sessions and the nutrient blend mixed in the IV are determined by our practitioners at Merge Medical Center to determine a custom plan. The average is one weekly session for 4-6 weeks
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