IV Therapy vs. Oral Supplements

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If you want to be as healthy as possible, you often need to supplement your daily diet with vitamins and minerals that strengthen your body and promote a vibrant sense of well-being. Your body is a complex machine; it needs countless minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and more to keep it running at peak performance.

The trouble is this: you’re (probably) not a nutrition expert. You don’t always know which supplements your body needs to manage your current health condition, and no one wants to waste time and effort on supplements that don’t maximize your health. 

Luckily, we’ve found a way to help you achieve optimal health in no time at all. Instead of focusing only on which supplements you’re taking, start thinking about how you’re consuming them. 

There are two main ways you can incorporate extra nutrients into your wellness routine: IV therapy vs. oral supplements. At first glance, it may seem like oral supplements are the best choice — just take a pill and go about your day — IV nutritional supplements offer tremendous benefits in ways oral solutions can’t match.

Mobile IV Nurses is one of the leading providers of IV supplement therapy. Our infusions can help you replenish your system with essential vitamins and minerals so that you always feel your best. 

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The Difference Between Oral and IV Supplements

When discussing IV vitamins vs. supplements, it’s important to consider the main distinctions between them. Firstly, they take different forms. IV vitamins are liquids because they are contained in IV fluids. Oral supplements, on the other hand, can be liquids as well as capsules, pills, powders, tablets, or tinctures.

Additionally, people take these two types of vitamins in very different ways. Unlike supplements you consume orally, IV fluids are administered via a drip line inserted into your arm. This allows the fluids to go directly to the bloodstream — and this, as you’ll soon learn, is key to IV therapy’s effectiveness.

Benefits of IV Therapy over Oral Supplements

At Mobile IV Nurses, we’re proud to offer mobile IV supplements that help our patients recover from a wide range of health conditions. Our IV treatments can be a great way to manage symptoms like headache, dehydration, nausea, and much more. The process is convenient, the effects are quick, and since we administer IVs directly in our patients’ homes (or other convenient locations), it’s ultra comfortable, too! 

But most importantly, we believe IV supplements are a more effective way to deal with your symptoms. There are many advantages to IV therapy that you simply can’t get from oral vitamins! 

Multiple vitamins at once

IV therapy provides you with a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements all in one drip bag. For example, the Myers’ Cocktail (one of our most popular IV treatments) is chock-full of essentials that your body needs to enhance your health and well-being. A single Myer’s Cocktail bag includes: 

  • Saline
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6)
  • Vitamin C
  • Glutathione
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

There is no Myers’ Cocktail oral equivalent. Think of all the pills, capsules, powders, or liquid solutions you’d have to take to get the same amount of vitamins from oral supplements!

Additionally, using IV supplement therapy allows you to add ingredients to customize your IV to suit your specific symptoms. Want extra vitamin B12 for greater energy production? A boost of magnesium to ease aches and pains? Just include it in your drip IV. You can’t get that same control with oral supplements, which are manufactured in preset amounts. 

More effective hydration

Yet another reason IV therapy trumps oral supplements is that it helps your body rehydrate more effectively. It’s true that oral or intravenous hydration is generally a good thing (we always want patients to drink plenty of water). But IV fluids offer something extra, thanks to the electrolyte-rich fluids in the IV bag. 

Different types of IV fluids can help balance fluid levels in the cells, depending on your particular health issue, so they function at their best. You’ll experience a noticeable difference in your overall wellness when your body gets nutrient-rich hydration with IV therapy.

Increased absorption

But perhaps the most significant benefit of IV supplement therapy is its fast absorption rate. Absorption rate refers to the amount of vitamin or mineral the body intakes and uses to nourish cells. 

It’s believed that absorption rates for oral supplements are shockingly low — anywhere between 10% to 50%. This might be because oral supplements lose potency as they travel through the digestive tract. Your body absorbs a small amount of the supplement at each stop along the way — including the stomach, intestines, and liver — which results in lower bioavailability by the time the supplement hits the bloodstream.

Now, let’s compare that with IV nutritional supplements. Because intravenous infusions go straight to the bloodstream, you get a much higher absorption rate. This means that more of the supplement is available for your cells, helping you become healthier overall. Also, IV fluids bypass the digestive tract so they get to work quicker — and that means you can feel better faster than when you swallow a pill or tablet. 

Dehydration is involved with many types of medical conditions, ranging from migraines to illness. IV supplements not only supply the body with vitamins and minerals, but they also provide much-needed fluid to maintain balance (also called homeostasis). A well-hydrated body is also important for your overall health, and IV therapy gives you that essential wellness support.

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If you want to use supplements to improve your health in a significant way, don’t waste your time on pills and powders. Just call Mobile IV Nurses! Our registered nurses and paramedics are experts in IV therapy and how it can transform your health. 

We offer a variety of different packages, so there’s always an infusion that fits your needs. We have teams of nurses available in all the areas we serve, so you never have to wait long for treatment.

Contact us to learn about IV therapy, or visit our online schedule to book an appointment today.

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