Vitamin IV therapy, for the uninitiated, is a alternative form of vitamin therapy which has been highly popularized by the Hollywood elite. The practice has been quite trendy with big name celebrities which carries both many positives and negatives. The most obvious positive is that the practice (which can be quite beneficial) is getting more notoriety, whilst the most obvious negative is that people tend all too quickly to hope on the band wagon of “trendiness.” But before we get into the do’s and dont’s a short history lesson is in order.
IV vitamin therapy is also referred to as Myers Cocktails, so named after the doctor, John Myers, a Baltimore based physician whom created the “cocktail.” It is a vitamin compound which is meant to be administered intravenously (through the veins) and contains high doses of the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B Compound (B1 through B12)
Though this is the standardized version of the Myers Cocktail, clients may pick and choice more personalized mixtures to better suit their needs and unique lifestyle or health conditions.
The cocktail was created specifically to help those with vitamin deficiencies but can just as easily be taken by someone whom simply wants more energy in their daily life. So the first and most obvious do – do take the Myers Cocktail if you are feeling extremely sluggish in your daily life. This lack of energy is almost always due to a lack of much needed vitamins in the typical modernized diet. Also do take the Myers Cocktail if you know for a fact that you have severe vitamin deficiency in any one of the central vitamins contained within the concoction specifically vitamin C.
A rather obvious do not is do not take the Myers Cocktail if you know for a fact that you are already getting all of the vitamins which it contains. Think of a motor boat which runs on a half tank of gas and one which runs on a full tank. In either case the boat is not going to go any faster, this in many ways parallels the way the human body operates. It doesn’t much matter whether you are getting just enough vitamin C or far more than you need, it isn’t going to make a big difference in the way your body performs or the way you feel. Also, if you are already taking a high dosage of vitamin supplements do NOT take the Myers Cocktail as in this instance it could lead to a overdose which, contrary to popular belief, can be fatal.