IV Myers’ Cocktail for Energy and Immune Support

Nutritional deficiencies cause disease and illness. Many people are not receiving the optimal nutrient intake to live a healthy and balanced life. In addition to eating a well balanced diet, nutrients can be used therapeutically in the form of nutritional supplements, as well as, used intravenously or injected into the muscle for quick absorption. For example, studies show, vitamin B12 injected into the muscle can be helpful for fatigue and neuropathy. Intramuscular Vitamin B6 in commonly used for treatment of morning sickness. A vitamin cocktail, known as a “Myers’ Cocktail” can be used for adrenal fatigue, anxiety, and to improve immune function. The application of the nutrients for therapeutic purposes is determined by your Naturopathic physician. This type of therapy can provide safe and effective treatment of many disorders.

The Myers’ cocktail is an intravenous vitamin and mineral infusion that was developed my John Myers, M.D. in the 1970′s. It contains vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium in a base of sterile water. By administering the vitamins directly into the bloodstream it bypasses the gastrointestinal tract and allows for maximal absorption and utilization of the nutrients.

It can be used to treat a variety of conditions including fatigue, upper respiratory tract infections, migraines, cardiovascular disease and other disorders. It is especially beneficial in the treatment of adrenal fatigue, which is a very common condition in our stress-filled, fast-paced society. When the adrenals are over-worked you may experience symptoms like fatigue, muscle and joint pain, “brain fog”, mood issues (like anxiety and depression), insomnia, hormonal issues like PMS and menopausal symptoms and an increased tendency to get sick with colds and flus. The Myers’ IV treatments help to strengthen the adrenal glands and improve energy and other symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

The Myers’ cocktail is also a very effective treatment to boost the immune system. If you have a cold or flu these IVs can help you to recover much faster or even prevent the onset if others around you are sick. So it’s a great treatment to consider during cold and flu season.

The Myers’ cocktail IV is very safe and generally well tolerated. A typical course of treatment for adrenal fatigue is weekly IV’s for 12 weeks. For colds and flus it may be recommended as a single treatment or perhaps a short series to boost the immune system and prevent a recurrence of infection. The frequency of treatment varies according to the individual’s needs and is determined by you and your doctor.

                                              Energy and Fat Burning Injections

  • B12 (Methylcobalamin)
  • B Complex
  • B6
  • (5-MTHF) = Active Folic Acid
  • MIC

Vitamin B12

Are you feeling tired, not recovering the way you used to or just don’t have the energy to do all you want to do? Consider an energy boosting nutrient called vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin found in animal products, such as dairy, eggs and meat that plays a vital role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and is a key component in the formation of red blood cells. B12 helps to produce red blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen to our organs and tissues throughout our body. When we are low in B12, we are low in oxygen. Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common because it requires intrinsic factor which is a substance secreted by the stomach that enables the body to absorb vitamin B12. Inadequate stomach acid inhibits the absorption of B12. Many people have digestive issues that create an environment that makes it difficult to absorb B12. An intramuscular injection can bypass the gut and is readily absorbed resulting in increased utilization of this nutrient and increased energy.

Not all B12 shots are the same. The most active and usable form of B12 is methylcobalamin. Most clinics that offer B12 injections use the cheaper but stable form called cyanocobalamin which is also often used in supplements purchased in drugstores. Cyanocobalamin contains a cyanide molecule that is not found in nature. Your body must convert the cyano- form to the methyl- form to become active and be utilized by the body. Many patients who have gotten a B12 injection of cyanocobalamin report that it did not have a significant effect on their energy. However, many of those patients did notice a change after getting an injection of methylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin passes through the blood brain barrier works directly to assist with energy, metabolism and mood. At Arizona Natural Medicine, we consider quality to be a higher priority than cost. That is why we only use Methylcobalamin in our injections and IVs. Don’t be fooled. Not all B12 shots are alike. Many of our patients who receive B12 injections feel good the same day and enjoy increased energy for a week or more. B12 can also increase our metabolism which in turn supports weight loss. We recommend weekly injections.

Benefits:

  • Increased energy
  • Optimize metabolism; key component in weight loss
  • Vegetarian and vegan diets are often B-12 deficient and may require supplementation.
  • Safeguard against allergies. B12 stimulates production of TH1 suppressor T cells that down regulate IgE antibody production.
  • Nerve support. B12 is necessary for the formation of the myelin sheath around nerves.
  • Protects against heart disease by reducing homocysteine levels. Elevated levels of homocysteine increase cardiovascular risk by increasing atherosclerosis and hardening of the arteries.
  • Treats anemia. B12 also has an important role in forming new red blood cells and can cause anemia if deficient. Anemia can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and weakness.

Vitamin B-Complex

Our B-Complex injections are loaded with high amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. Since these are important vitamins, it is common to receive many benefits from our B-Complex injections. This formula assists in the metabolism of sugars and starches and digestion, increases serotonin levels in the brain, strengthens the immune system, supports the nervous system and can play a vital role in increasing energy and stamina. Other benefits include an increase in mood stability as serotonin levels improve. We recommend weekly B-Complex injections if possible for those that want consistent benefits.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin essential for good health. Vitamin B6 is involved in fat and protein metabolism as well as the conversion of carbohydrates into simple sugars used by the body for energy. Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is utilized by more than 100 enzymes required in protein metabolism. It is involved in the production of neurotransmitters. It is required to produce serotonin that helps mood. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamins B6 and B12, in conjunction with Vitamin B9 (folic acid), help control the levels of homocysteine in the blood. High levels of homocysteine are linked to cardiovascular disease. Studies show that vitamin B6 given intramuscularly as an injection is also used to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. This injection can be used for mood, energy and metabolism.

5-Methyl tetrahydrofolate– Active Folic Acid

One in three Americans have a genetic variation that impairs their ability to properly utilize folic acid (also known as vitamin B9). The recent availability of the metabolically active form of folic acid (more appropriately, “folate”) in supplemental form has the potential to improve health in significant ways.

Folic acid’s importance to human health has to do in part with its role in a biochemical process called methylation. Methylation refers to the transfer of methyl groups (one carbon bound to three hydrogen atoms). Methylation occurs billions of times in the body each day. Methylation is essential for health. Folic acid is the synthetic form, which is used to fortify foods and used in vitamin supplements. Since a mutation of the gene that methylates folic acid occurs in more than 50% of the population, many can’t get enough of L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF) to support their body’s metabolic processes.

L-5-MTHF plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair. It is involved in hormone synthesis, neurotransmitter producting, energy, anxiety and detoxification. By supplementing with L-5-MTHF, one can be assured of getting the benefits of folic acid, regardless of their ability to absorb or convert it to the active form.

If you are an individual with impaired ability to utilize regular folic acid, L-5-MTHF supplementation can make a truly dramatic difference in your health.

L-5-MTHF is just recently available in an injectable form. This new injectable form is innovative and an exciting delivery system to help people with low energy, fertility issues and MTHFR mutations and support detoxification and many metabolic processes in the body. Patients report increased energy, focus and mood with L-5-MTHF injections. Arizona Natural Medicine Physicians, PLLC is one of very few medical practices to offer this new form of folate as an injection.

MIC Lipotropic Fat Burning Injections

These injections are also called Lipotropic or “Fat Burner” shots. In regard to weight loss injections, these are by far the most popular. These injections are formulated with 3 individual fat burners (Methionine, Inositol and Choline) that work well together to help the waist line reduce in size. The first ingredient is methionine, which is an amino acid that is effective in helping to break down fat and prevent the build-up of fat stores. Methionine is an ideal supplementation for those that do not consume sufficient amounts of protein or may consume alcohol. The second ingredient is inositol. This is a simple carbohydrate and has many important benefits including supporting the transporting of fat. This is important as a deficiency in inositol can cause the accumulation of fat. Inositol also helps to reduce the amount of fat stored in the liver. The third ingredient is choline which is often included in the Vitamin B family which aids in the movement of fats and is considered to be an effective fat burner by experts. This is essential since choline is safe and effective in supporting weight loss naturally. Using these 3 effective ingredients helps you burn fat and lose weight. Active B12 (Methylcoblamin) can also be added to MIC to enhance the fat burning properties and boost energy. We recommend a single injection one time per week.

 

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Glutamine, L-Arginine, L-Carnitine (“GAC”) Weight Loss Injections

The GAC injections contain three amino acids: Glutamine, L-Arginine and L-Carnitine. This powerful triad has been used to help enhance fat metabolism, promote lean muscle mass and used as a boost to any weight loss program or healthy diet and exercise regiment. This cocktail is best used prior to exercise to increase performance. GAC may also be helpful in hormone balance, stimulating a higher metabolic rate, improving mood, improving energy and increasing blood flow.

For patients who may not be a candidate for the GAC injections, L-Carnitine can be done as a single intramuscular injection. L- Carnitine is involved in transport of fat across the mitochondrial cell membrane (the ‘powerhouse’ for energy production) and enhance fat metabolism while sparing muscle breakdown. It has been used in part with many weight loss programs to enhance weight loss goals.

L- Carnitine Benefits:
• Increase androgen receptors in muscles, helping tissues to use testosterone
• Involved in transport of fat across the mitochondrial cell to make energy
• Enhance fat metabolism while sparing muscle breakdown
• Increasing energy

Glutamine Benefits:
• Fuel source for muscles when being stressed
• Reduce risk of muscle loss
• Aids in recovery of muscles
• Repair of gut tissues
• Preferred source of energy for the brain

L-Arginine Benefits:
• Increase body’s protein and growth hormone
• Combine with exercise has a stronger effect on production of growth hormone
• Build muscles
• Aid in nitric oxide to improve blood flow
• Increase delivery of nutrients in the body
• May aid in erectile dysfunction

The GAC or L-Carnitine injections can be an integral part of your weight loss journey to give you an extra boost in metabolism and energy and help promote lean muscle mass and encourage a leaner body composition.