Many people are aware of the benefits of supplementing their diet with over-the-counter (OTC) supplements such as vitamin D, melatonin, vitamin B12, and more. This is a great habit to get into. Many times, especially in the United States, people don’t get enough of the micronutrients they need through diet alone.
Is intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy better than taking a regular supplement? I get this question quite a bit during my consultations for IV therapy. The short answer: sometimes. It depends on many things.
If you look at the facts about oral vitamin absorption in the gut, the answer is yes. When you take a vitamin orally, it must go through your digestive process. In this process, some of the potency of the vitamin is lost. No one really knows how much reaches the bloodstream, but we know it’s less than 100%. When you receive IV vitamin therapy, the vitamins go directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. Therefore, the body receives 100% of the nutrients immediately.
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Does the patient like needles? IV therapy is very effective and is a superior alternative to oral vitamins, however, if the patient is scared of needles or doesn’t want to have their vein accessed, IV therapy is not the proper treatment for them. At Recharge, we carry a line of 3rd party tested, top-of-the-line oral supplements for patients who do not wish to receive IV therapy, but still want to fill in dietary gaps.
At first glance, IV therapy seems expensive. However, when you break down what you are actually getting, it could be a more cost-effective option for some patients. Oral supplements (some) are cheaper independently. For example, vitamin B12 could be $30 per bottle. When stacked up next to our IV therapy treatments ($199), it seems like a no brainer. However, in each of our IV therapy vitamin treatments, there are anywhere from 8 nutrients to 27 nutrients (in one treatment) that the patient receives 100% of.
With oral supplements, you have to take more to reach the appropriate dose and take it for longer to achieve the same results as an IV treatment renders. In short, yes, IV therapy is superior to taking oral supplements. However, when you look at the patient as a whole and take into account their preferences, fears, pain tolerance, etc., there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Both oral supplements and IV vitamin therapy are effective! You can also find both at Recharge Wellness Clinic. Give us a call to discuss either one of these treatments. The consultation is always free!