Oral Supplementation vs IV Vitamin Infusion

Dr. Anthony Ho

You’ve seen the commercials stating that one pill a day can help you to obtain all the vitamins that you might be deficient in or lacking from your diet. Your co-worker once told you that if you take vitamin C every day that you will never get sick or… maybe it was zinc?

So you stop by your local pharmacy or grocery store and pick up an oral vitamin supplement, probably unaware of what exactly you’re purchasing. Let’s talk more about what you need to know about oral vitamin supplements.

Did you know that supplements are not regulated by the FDA? They aren’t really regulated by any system actually. Supplements don’t undergo any inspection unless proven to be hazardous and in that case they are forced to be removed from shelves.

This includes supplements ranging from protein powders to vitamins. So what does this mean for you? Well, this means that you truly don’t know what you are getting in that supplement, how much is in there, or how well it works. Scary isn’t it? Check out this video of a man starting his own supplement company without any rules, regulations, or accountability to see how frighteningly easy it is:

Now let’s talk about the daily intake of vitamins that you see on your food labels. Did you know that the “percent of daily value” of the vitamins on your food labels are more than likely inaccurate? Most vitamin availability is lost during cooking, heating, juicing, light exposure, or even by oxidation (exposure to oxygen). Some foods you eat even have natural “anti-absorption factors”. Take Thiamine (or Vitamin B1) for example, which is commonly found in whole grains, meat and fish. Raw fish also contains thiaminase, which is an enzyme that breaks down the vitamin thiamine. There are also Polyhydroxyphenols, which are found in foods such as coffee, tea, blueberries, and red cabbage that oxidize the thiazole ring on the vitamins and inhibit the vitamin’s functions. Cooking your vegetables can cause up to 80% of the vitamin to be lost. If you look up the absorption rate of most vitamins through dietary intake they range anywhere from 10-100%. That really doesn’t tell us much does it? These and many other factors play a role in inhibiting your body’s ability to absorb and carry out the functions of many of the vitamins that you consume.

Vitamin absorption from supplements and diet can also be inhibited by alcohol consumption, malabsorption disorders and dietary beliefs. What if there was a way you could give your cells the vitamins they need without any effort at all? Fortunately, there is and its called IV vitamin therapy. With intravenous infusions of vitamins, you know exactly which vitamins and how much of them your body is getting without the worries of absorption rates and inhibiting factors. The vitamins are infused directly into your bloodstream, where you get 100% absorption. Your body gets all the benefits it needs regardless of intrinsic factor or HCl available to help digest and absorb it. Not only are you getting the exact amount of vitamins that your cells need (because every individual is different with different needs), but you are also hydrating your body (something that most of us forget is important). All of this is obtainable by a relaxing visit to Drip Doctors or a revitalizing house call via our concierge services.

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