Posted 14 March 2018
A recent craze spreading throughout the world is the use of ‘quickfix’ vitamin infusion ‘therapy’.
| Danny Kaye promotes a vitamin infusion.|
This company claims that for their Luminance Drip, costing only R1,500, helps keep your hair skin and nails looking pristine. It contains a high dose Glutathione, along with Vitamin C.
The company claims: “Vitamins and minerals used in our infusions are essential for biochemical reactions in every cell in our bodies. Our wide range of well-being treatments of vitamin infusions, are safe and most effective for sustaining long-term health and well-being”.
Consumers are bombarded by advertising for intravenous “therapy” products, with claims that appear to be truthful and believable.
This is pseudoscience at its best, for the statement seems to be true, but is actually not based on credible evidence for this specific ‘therapy’. For the average person, a balanced diet supplies all your vitamin needs. And certainly, at R1,500 a shot, it would be far cheaper and effective by simply ensuring your diet is balanced.
But what is the truth?
Below are a few resources for an alternative, truthful and honest answer to assist you in making an informed choice.
|“A search for vitamin injections brings up millions of hits and dozens of advertisements. There is no question that vitamin injections are popular. But despite all the hype and all the endorsements, there is no credible evidence to suggest that routine vitamin infusions are necessary or offer any meaningful health benefit. Vitamin infusions are a marketing creation, giving the illusion you’re doing something for your health, but lacking any demonstrable efficacy. What’s more concerning, providers of vitamin therapies target their marketing at those fighting life-threatening illnesses like cancer, selling unproven treatments in the absence of good scientific evidence that they are beneficial.”|
“The intravenous vitamin industry is a sideshow to science-based health care. Yes, there is an established medical role for injectable vitamins, though it’s no energy-boosting cure-all – they’re used to replace what we should obtain in our diet.”
|“Receiving vitamins through an intravenous drip may be the latest Hollywood health craze, but there’s little evidence the practice has any health benefits, experts say”.|
“We are ‘designed’ to get nutrients through our GI tract; and absent a clear and compelling reason to do otherwise, that is how we should get them. . “
|“Receiving vitamins intravenously has become an increasingly popular trend, especially among celebrities. Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is a method of administering vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. ‘Alternative therapy’ clinics recommend this for a wide range of conditions including . . .”|
“Some clinics also claim vitamin injections boost energy levels and stimulate the immune system, as well as helping with stress, jetlag and sleep problems.”
“The important point to emphasise is that there have been no clinical studies to show that vitamin injections of this type offer any health benefit or are necessary for good health, therefore the short- or long-term impact on health is unknown. If someone’s nutrient status is inadequate in a number of respects, this often points to an inappropriate overall diet, which should be the starting point.”
|“But, is a prick worth opening your wallet for? “Although there haven’t been any randomized controlled studies, people notice an immediate dramatic effect after receiving an infusion,” says Jesse Sandhu, M.D., emergency medicine physician and medical director of VitaSquad.”|
“Katz’s major concern: Infusing vitamins through your veins bypasses your G.I. system. This happens to be the exact reason proponents of the infusions love it. “With vitamin C, for example, it’s immediately available for cellular use when you infuse it directly into the veins. But the same amount would cause G.I. upset if you tried to take it by mouth,” Sadhura says.”
“Circumventing your digestive system, however, could put you at risk. That’s because your digestive tract has several layers of defense”
|“But IV therapy isn’t without drawbacks. Clinics vary in their motivations, methods and medical expertise, and the treatment, which can cost hundreds of dollars per session and is often paid for out-of-pocket, can be less sustainable and more costly than making a lifestyle change like eating a healthier diet, critics say. “I think it’s being promoted too much, and the profit potential is driving it,” says Dr. Ernest Brown”|
“More seriously, too-high doses of supplements can have severe health consequences. One study looking at oral supplements even found that taking more than the daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals increased the risk for some cancers.”
“Ultimately, knowledge is power when it comes to seeking IV therapy. Here’s what clinicians and IV therapy regulars say you should be aware of:”