Nutritional IVsIV Vitamins and nutrients:Our doctor formulated IV protocols use proprietary blends of high quality vitamin and nutrients delivered directly to the blood stream where they can be used by the body to assist in the proper cellular metabolic function.Why are IV vitamins better than vitamins taken orally?A good example of this can be seen when looking at vitamin C. As the oral dose of vitamin C is increased the serum concentration (the actual amount available to the cells of your body) approaches an upper limit. This limit is a result of both; saturation of gastrointestinal absorption as well as a sharp increase in the amount excreted by the kidneys. When the oral dose of vitamin C is increased 12 fold, that is, from 200 mg/day to 2,500 mg/day the plasma concentration increases only 25% from 1.2 to 1.5 mg/dL. The highest serum concentration of vitamin C reported following oral administration is 9.3 mg/dL. In contrast IV administration of 50 g/day of vitamin C resulted in an average peak plasma levels of 80 mg/dL. These results are typical of many of the vitamins and nutrients our body needs.These results are even more significant when considering the fact that the anti-viral effect of vitamin C has been demonstrated at a concentration of 10-15 md/dL, a level achievable with IV but not oral therapy.IV hydration, vitamins, nutrients, amino acids and anti-oxidants have shown great promise in the treatment of some of the most difficult medical conditions. Conditions such as chronic migraines, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, asthma, chronic fatigue, depression and others have all benefited from IV therapy. There is current research being done using IV glutathione’s anti-oxidant properties to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease! Glutathione is the bodies primary intracellular anti-oxidant, it plays a vital role in immune function via white blood cell production and is a potent anti-viral agent. Glutathione levels normally decrease as we age; it is involved in cellular differentiation and is thought to combat the aging process. It is also a strong anti-cancer agent.Glutathione is just one example of the many beneficial IV therapies offered at thriveMD. Taking glutathione as a pill does not boost cellular glutathione levels, since it breaks down in the digestive tract before it reaches the cells. However, intravenous glutathione therapy is very effective in boosting intracellular levels of glutathione.