Vitamin drip therapy is a type of integrative medicine involving nutrient infusions, such as magnesium and vitamin C, directly to the body’s cells. These help prevent illnesses, promote expeditious recovery, and/or maintain wellness to live a healthier life. While there are additional guidelines people should follow to stay healthy—eating a balanced, nutritional diet and exercising regularly, for example—vitamin drips hold several significant benefits.
Here are five benefits of vitamin drip therapy:
1. It gives you more energy, naturally.
Vitamin drips are a great way to boost energy levels, since they're full of important vitamins and nutrients. The magnesium present in vitamin drips is especially helpful for vitality. As explained by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis.”
Vitamin C can help improve energy levels, as well.
A lack of energy can be detrimental to your health. In fact, it could be a sign that you’re developing, or already have, an illness. Plus, everything becomes more strenuous when you’re feeling fatigued. Vitamin drip therapy gives you the natural nutrients you need to increase your vitality, without consuming sugary energy drinks that usually make you feel even more tired once they wear off.
2. It could help your heart health.
The presence of magnesium in vitamin drip therapy may also have a positive effect on your heart, as it could help lower your risk of heart disease and maintain a normal heartbeat.
A June 2013 article by news source Medical News Today states: “The real culprit of cardiovascular disease has been low magnesium levels, while historically, experts have blamed a high-saturated fat diet and high cholesterol.”
“Studies are revealing that calcium supplements that are not in balance with magnesium, elevate the risk of heart disease,” it continues.
The NIH echoes these sentiments, detailing research that reveals a connection between magnesium levels in the body and heart disease.
“A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies found that higher serum levels of magnesium were significantly associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and higher dietary magnesium intakes (up to approximately 250 mg/day) were associated with a significantly lower risk of ischemic heart disease caused by a reduced blood supply to the heart muscle,” the NIH states.
The NIH also highlights an association between low magnesium levels in the body and the risk of stroke. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that your individual health history, as well as your family's, also plays a role in your overall wellness. As a result, everyone reacts differently and the exact effects may vary.
3. It appears to diminish symptoms associated with migraines.
There are additional benefits of magnesium vitamin therapy. Those who suffer from migraines could experience a reduction in their symptoms, for example. As the nonprofit American Migraine Foundation explained in October 2013: “The ideal medication for prevention and treatment of migraine would have no side effects, no risk, would be safe in pregnancy, as well as being highly effective while remaining inexpensive. Of course, no such medication exists, but magnesium comes closer than many interventions on all these fronts.”
The NIH touches on magnesium’s effects on migraine patients, as well. While the research thus far on this topic is somewhat limited, which is why it continues to be studied, the medical research center states: “Magnesium deficiency is related to factors that promote headaches, including neurotransmitter release and vasoconstriction.” Furthermore, “People who experience migraine headaches have lower levels of serum and tissue magnesium than those who do not,” it adds.
4. It could help with asthma attacks.
Whether or not vitamin drips prevent asthma attacks has been studied for several years. In fact, a 2004 report shared by the U.S. National Library of Medicine titled “Short and long term treatment of asthma with intravenous nutrients” concludes: “The use of intravenous treatment with multiple nutrients, including magnesium, for acute and chronic asthma may be of considerable benefit. Pulmonary function improved progressively the longer patients received treatment.”
ClinicalAdvisor.com, a website for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, published an article in June 2015 that discusses “Magnesium is known to relax smooth muscle cells by reducing intracellular calcium and to exhibit an anti-inflammatory effect by balancing T-cells and suppressing mast cells.”
“Despite its known health benefits,” it continues, “half of the U.S. population does not consume the recommended dietary allowance of daily magnesium from their food, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicate.”
This is where vitamin drips could prove most beneficial.
5. It strengthens the immune system.
A strong immune system is critical to your health, as it helps fight off the common cold and the flu, as well as other illnesses. As highlighted in a 2013 study shared by the U.S. National Library of Science, vitamin C, which is present in vitamin drip therapy, “is one of the well-known anti-viral agents, especially to influenza virus.”
Consequently, those with a vitamin C deficiency may exhibit signs of a weak immune system. One major symptom is constant sickness. Vitamin C is an important nutrient for other reasons, too. This includes keeping your hair and skin healthy, maintaining high energy levels, as aforementioned, and preventing joint pain and/or inflammation and sensitive or bleeding gums.
The Northport Wellness Center is affiliated with Integrative Healing Center, which specializes in integrative medicine including vitamin drip therapy, and is owned by Dr. Kristine Blanche, PA.-C., Ph.D. Contact us today to learn more.