Oral vs. IV Nutrient Therapies: What's the Big Deal?

Just like the food you eat, pills require digestion, absorption, and assimilation. Pharmaceutical grade nutrients are considerably more bioavailable than vitamin pills or capsules. Sublingual preparations, nasal sprays, and patches act quicker than swallowing pills, but dosages found in these forms are low.

Like direct deposit when banking, nutrients given by intramuscular injections (IM) or IV go straight into the blood stream. Once in the blood, nutrient levels go up fast and achieve considerably higher levels in the serum than pills or capsules.

For example, when taken orally, vitamin C levels in the serum go up only as high as about 9mg/dL. When given by IV, 50g of vitamin C reaches blood levels as high as 80mg/dL.

In fact, blood levels of IV vitamin C go so high that LabCorp developed a special test calculation called “Vitamin C With Dilution” to accommodate for the difference between oral and IV administration.

Several studies show that high concentrations of Vitamin C are required in the serum and intracellular fluid before it can exert a beneficial effect. For example, only when vitamin C levels are pushed very high can it exert pharmacological effects against viruses, cancer, and other conditions.

Advantages of Intravenous Vitamin Therapy:

  • Nutrient levels in the blood go up fast.
  • Nutrients get delivered directly to cells through the bloodstream.
  • No gastrointestinal side effects like cramps, nausea, or diarrhea.
  • Allows for high-dose therapy necessary for effective treatment for certain conditions.
  • Allows for customizing formula ingredients and dosages for individual conditions.