Droppers With Vitamins: Is It Possible To Do Infusions Just Like That

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Droppers With Vitamins: Is It Possible To Do Infusions Just Like That
Droppers With Vitamins: Is It Possible To Do Infusions Just Like That
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Olga Lukinskaya

Although taking vitamins only makes sense in case of their proven deficiency or for other medical reasons (for example, folic acid during pregnancy), in the public consciousness, vitamin supplements remain something necessary for "maintaining health" and "strengthening immunity". Now a wave has reached Russia, which has already swept through other countries - vitamin droppers "for all occasions"; intravenous infusions are performed at home (this is beautifully called a concierge service), the cost of one procedure is about one hundred euros in ruble equivalent. Let's figure out whether it is really effective and how safe it is.


The creators of the vitamins dropper service claim that when administered intravenously, "one hundred percent digestibility" is ensured. Does this mean that 100% of the nutrients will reach the cells, where they are supposedly needed and complete their tasks? Not at all. When administered intravenously, the substance really immediately appears in the blood - in contrast to taking pills, when a part may not be absorbed or collapse along the way, for example, due to chemical interactions with food components. Therefore, the bioavailability of medicinal substances in different forms is calculated precisely in comparison with the introduction into a vein: the concentration in the blood after intravenous injection is taken as 100%.

But the goal of any treatment is to deliver the medicine not just into the blood, but with the blood to the right place. And there - in different tissues and organs - it is impossible to talk about one hundred percent "assimilation"; an excess of vitamins introduced into the blood will simply be excreted in the urine. A HuffPost News reporter tried a vitamin drip and said over the next few days she watched her urine turn brightly colored.

Intravenous vitamins are not new; Back in the 1970s, in the United States, Dr. John Myers used a "Myers cocktail" of vitamins and minerals. In his article, one of his followers writes that the exact composition of the cocktail is unknown - which did not prevent him (the follower) from compiling something similar and, according to him, successfully used in people with a wide range of medical conditions. The blend includes vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, with indications ranging from asthma and fibromyalgia to the desire to improve athletic performance.

True, scientific evidence of the effectiveness leaves much to be desired: for example, only 43 people took part in the study of vitamin cocktails for the treatment of bronchial asthma, there was no control group, and all participants received vitamins in addition to conventional asthma therapy. In the study of fibromyalgia, there was an improvement that was similar in both placebo and intravenous vitamin therapy groups.

Even if it costs

without negative consequences, the sequence "intravenous infusion - excretion of excess in the urine"

not worth the money asked for it

Of course, intravenous administration of vitamins and minerals can be part of a therapeutic strategy - for example, if a person has a disease that does not allow feeding at all by mouth, and all the necessary substances, including proteins and carbohydrates, are supplied parenterally. Premature babies, whose digestive system is not ready to perform its functions, also receive intravenous nutrition. But comparing such situations with vitamin droppers "for vivacity" is like comparing cancer immunotherapy and the appointment of interferons for colds.

We must not forget about the risks that such a seemingly harmless procedure as an IV drip also has - they at least include pain, bruising or irritation at the puncture site.An overdose of one or more vitamins is also possible, for example, in case of disruption of the kidneys, when they do not have time to quickly remove excess minerals or electrolytes. For people with hypertension or cardiovascular disease, fluid overload that can occur as a result of infusion is dangerous if the process is not monitored too closely. In theory, a dramatic shift in electrolyte levels could result in sudden cardiac death. Sometimes "cocktails" contain substances that are dangerous or not approved for intravenous administration - and droppers are usually performed in conditions where there is no resuscitation equipment.

Vitamin service customers claim that IVs can instantly help them feel better, feel better, or get rid of a hangover. This triggers a powerful placebo effect, which is amplified by the very fact of taking care of yourself and the fact that a decent amount of money is given for it. In addition, many celebrities are addicted to vitamin infusions - from Jane Fonda to Adele; It's easy to believe that the successful and famous can't be wrong when it comes to health. True, last year Kendall Jenner was hospitalized as a result of complications from a vitamin drip - which ones, exactly, were not reported. Even if there are no negative consequences, the sequence "intravenous infusion - excretion of excess in the urine" is not worth the money that is asked for it.

A drip may provide some relief from a hangover, but it may not completely cure it. Symptoms associated with dehydration, such as dry mouth and partly headaches, will go away - however, to eliminate them, you can get fluids in the traditional way by drinking plenty of water and a couple of ibuprofen tablets. Dehydration is not the only culprit in hangovers, but research shows that the only effective treatment for a hangover is to wait until it wears off (and the ideal is not to get drunk).

Vitamin services in their ads use language that helps to sell: as often happens with alternative medicine, these are pseudo-scientific terms, meaningless phrases like "improves the production of natural energy" or misinterpreted facts. For example, the emphasis is often on vitamin B12, which vegans and vegetarians may not get enough of it from the diet. However, intramuscular injections rather than intravenous infusions are recommended for treating vitamin B12 deficiency, if any. And for healthy people, the best source of vitamins has been and remains a varied and balanced diet.

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