Oral Vitamins vs IV Vitamin Infusion Therapy

oral vs IV vitamins

When it comes to vitamins, most people have a general idea of what they are — that they’re good for you, are essential for optimal health, and that fruits and vegetables are loaded with them. But when it comes to fully understanding how they work and the role they play in your body, confusion abounds. Things can get even more puzzling when it comes to IV vitamin infusion therapy. Is it really necessary? What kind of person needs that type of treatment? And, what are the benefits of infusion therapy over taking vitamins orally?

Who’s an ideal patient for vitamin infusion therapy?

IV vitamin infusion therapy can be used to alleviate symptoms of a long list of conditions, including gastrointestinal issues, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, migraines, muscle spasms, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, hyperthyroidism, and respiratory tract infections. This is especially true for patients who, due to their medical condition, aren’t able to eat as much food or their body isn’t absorbing an adequate number of nutrients.

How does IV Vitamin Infusion Therapy work?

IV vitamin infusion therapy involves inserting an IV line into a vein in your arm to administer a high concentration of liquid vitamins, antioxidantsamino acids, and minerals into your bloodstream. The therapy may be for only one vitamin or a cocktail of nutrients. Each session can take anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour.

A healthcare professional will mix the solution to be injected according to your doctor’s instructions. They will then insert the IV needle and monitor the infusion through its duration.

Benefits of Vitamin Infusion Therapy Over Taking Vitamins Orally

There are several benefits to receiving vitamins through infusion therapy. These include:

  • A higher absorption rate. When you take vitamins orally, your body has to metabolize them as they go through your digestive system. Since infusion therapy is injected directly into your bloodstream, your body absorbs a higher percentage of the nutrients.
  • Dosage can be personalized. When you take vitamins via a pill or food, you consume whatever amount is already included in the item you’re taking orally. On the other hand, when you receive vitamin infusion therapy, your healthcare professional will take into account your age, genetics, existing medical conditions, metabolism, and anything else that may be relevant specifically to you in order to maximize the benefits.
  • It keeps you hydrated. Patients with moderate to severe dehydration can benefit from hydration IV therapy. However, there are several vitamins that also aid in hydration — including vitamins A, C, and E. While there are over-the-counter vitamins that contain these nutrients, certain medical conditions prevent your body from fully absorbing them. Infusion therapy ensures a higher success rate of providing the nutrition your body needs.

If Your Doctor Has Recommended Hydration Therapy, Let Infusion Associates Help You

At Infusion Associates, we provide medically-prescribed infusion therapy for patients with chronic conditions in a welcoming and friendly environment. Our team of healthcare professionals is fully committed to making the experience as comfortable as possible for you or your patients. We always inform patients of any potential side effects and answer all their questions before starting treatment. In addition, we have a Registered Pharmacist on-site to make the process as seamless as possible.

If you would like to refer a patient to us or want to inquire about the treatments we offer, you can contact us by calling us at (616) 954-0600 or filling out this form.