As complex and remarkable as our bodies are, we have what some might call flaws. Unlike vitamin D, our bodies aren’t able to make vitamin c. Is that really a flaw? Unfortunately, without an adequate daily intake of vitamin C, the human body will run into quite a few serious problems. In extreme cases, those deprived of vitamin C for extended periods develop a condition called scurvy. Scurvy can cause bleeding, tooth loss, hair loss, and in the most extreme cases death. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much vitamin C to prevent scurvy. With a few oranges and lemons, you can get enough vitamin C to get by. Really, though, who wants to just get by in life? With only about 18% of the vitamin C we take in through our diet, most of the world’s human population isn’t getting enough. Thank goodness for all those brainy scientists who figured out how to make supplements.
Effects of IV Vitamin C supplementation
Taken intravenously, vitamin C has a bio-availability of 100%. What does that mean in laymen terms? Simply put, an IV infusion of vitamin C can give a tangible boost to the health of your adrenal glands, protect your skin, boost energy levels,jump start your immune system and fight chemotherapy radiation side effects. It can even help strengthen your bones and tendons. IV Vitamin C is particularly beneficial for those experiencing high levels of stress and chronic fatigue. The reason Vitamin C has such a profound effect on so many body processes is simply that it is a key factor in the production of collegen and adrenaline, and also partly due to its potent antioxidant effects. Aging has been known in medical and scientific communities for decades to be caused, in large part, by the effects of cellular oxidation. Vitamin C can protect your cells from the effects of oxidation, thereby in theory slowing the progression of age-related ailments. Recent studies have been conducted on the effects of Vitamin C on cancer, and strongly suggest that high concentrations of the miracle vitamin may cause the death of cancer cells.
Health Effects of Vitamin C Deficiency
Even a slight deficiency of vitamin C can cause collagen to be thinner and less robust, which can lead to a higher incidence of injuries from ordinary daily activities. With poorly developed collagen due to a vitamin deficiency, pulling a muscle or tearing a tendon becomes a very real possibility. The good news is that collagen quickly becomes thicker and stronger with Vitamin C supplementation. Another risk, unfortunately, comes from the role vitamin C plays in the immune system. Healthcare practitioners have been surveyed at United States CAM conferences clearly reflect a common practice among physicians and nurse practitioners of prescribing high-dose IV vitamin C to patients fighting bacterial infections, undergoing chemotherapy, and even to breast cancer patients to help fight the disease. The reverse is also true. A deficiency in vitamin C can make it harder for your body to fight infection and more serious ailments.
Where to Get IV Vitamin C
While anyone can find sublingual, time-release, or fast dissolving vitamin C supplements at their local department store, getting an IV injection of Vitamin C typically requires a visit to the doctor. Though many patients are too intimidated by their healthcare practitioners, most physicians and nurse practitioners would invite a discussion on vitamin supplementation and would more than happy to prescribe an injection.
Without an abundance of broccoli, strawberries, pineapple, papaya, or brussels sprouts , getting the minimum daily recommended intake of vitamin C can seem daunting. Even if everyone ran out and bought a carload of all the foods highest in the vitamin, only a small percentage of the Vitamin C consumed as food will get absorbed by the body. Over the counter dietary supplements can be a good option in very mild cases of vitamin C deficiency, but the method of delivery proven most efficacious and beneficial to health is IV injection or IV infusion, with 100% of the vitamin C in the suspension being absorbed by the body. Very high doses of vitamin C taken as an injection has a very minimal side-effect profile, and can be easily discounted by referring to the control group taking placebo who had the same range of complaints. That said, while Vitamin C can be very beneficial to most, some medications do interact with Vitamin C, which means a trip to the doctor is well-advised before anyone begins a vitamin supplementation regimen. Call us now at 205-352-9141.