You have probably heard about IV vitamin drip therapy that is becoming the rage of celebrities and athletes. The procedure is more accurately called micronutrient therapy, because in addition to vitamins, a micronutrient cocktail contains minerals, amino acids and other nutrients, depending on the particular blend.
So what sets micronutrient IV therapy apart from oral nutritional supplements?
How It All Works
Intravenous (IV) therapy has been used for decades in medicine to help stabilize patients by dripping saline solution through a small catheter that carries fluids directly to the bloodstream. The saline mixture may also include medications and nutritional supplements in doses suited to the individual patient.
IV Vitamin therapy is a minimally invasive procedure, and requires a trained clinician to establish an IV line in the patient’s arm. Once established, the IV line is attached to a bag of saline solution infused with micronutrients, which is then hung above the patient’s head, so that gravity facilitates a steady drip of fluid into the veins. The length of the entire procedure varies from patient to patient, but you can plan on your session lasting about an hour.
IV Therapy vs Oral Supplements
You may already take some type of nutritional supplement by mouth, most likely a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement, just to make sure you get all the essential nutrients you need. However, oral doses of daily supplements tend to be on the low side, and you may still be deficient in certain nutrients.
Moreover, oral supplements need to be broken down and absorbed in your digestive tract, but during the digestive process, some of the supplement’s potency is lost. With IV therapy, your digestive tract is bypassed so that every drop of micronutrient solution is delivered directly to your bloodstream, where it is rapidly transported to cells throughout your body.
Ingredients in a Micronutrient IV Cocktail
Each IV formula contains different ingredients designed to target specific nutritional needs. All micronutrient cocktails contain two primary ingredients:
- Saline solution: This is a sterile solution of sodium chloride mixed with water that provides hydration and electrolytes, and serves as a medium for delivering medications and nutrients.
- Nutritional supplements: These may include vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that you body needs in trace amounts to function at its best. Supplements are blended to meet specific needs, like stress management, physical performance, support for healthy skin, hair and nails, and even hangover remedies. Cocktails may also include medications to treat symptoms or relieve pain.
Depending on the cocktail you select, your IV solution may contain essential fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Every micronutrient cocktail is designed to provide optimal nutrition for multiple health benefits.
IV Therapy in NYC
Now that you know all about micronutrient IV therapy, you can try it for yourself at Advanced Cryo NYC. We offer a wide range of cocktails to meet the needs of your busy active lifestyle. Contact Advanced Cryo today, and see what micronutrient IV therapy can do for you.