An abundance of essential vitamins and minerals is necessary to keep the immune system strong. However, nutrient deficiencies are common among U.S. adults. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reveals that only 13 percent of Americans meet the daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables.
Low levels of important nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, and B vitamins can lead to health problems, including a weakened immune system. If you find it difficult to get enough fruits and vegetables into your diet – or if you suffer from health conditions such as migraines or frequent respiratory infections – you may benefit from a vitamin injection known as the Myers Cocktail.
What Is the Myers Cocktail?
Named for John Myers, MD, who developed the treatment, the Myers Cocktail is a form of therapy in which an IV infusion of vitamins and minerals is injected into the body. The theory is that by delivering the vitamins directly into the bloodstream, and bypassing the gut and the liver, the Myers Cocktail allows for faster and better nutrient absorption than vitamins consumed in the form of oral supplements or through food.
What Does the Myers Cocktail Contain?
At EnteBella Medical, we adjust the formula of each patient’s Myers Cocktail treatment to address individual health needs. However, most Myers Cocktail infusions contain the following vitamins and minerals, several of which can help boost immunity.
B vitamins are a group of eight related nutrients – thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, folate, and vitamin B12 – that are required for functions throughout the body. They help enzymes in the body do tasks such as producing energy and transporting oxygen.
B vitamins may help reduce the risk of degenerative disease, and folate, in particular, is essential for pregnant women, as it helps prevent birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly.
Low levels of B vitamins are associated with health problems including fatigue, anemia, neurological issues, forgetfulness, and a compromised immune system.
Vitamin C is perhaps the best-known vitamin for protecting against immune system deficiencies. Large doses of vitamin C can reduce symptoms of the flu or a cold by as much as 85 percent.
Some people need more vitamin C than others, and it’s recommended that women who are pregnant or nursing consume higher levels. While the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C falls between 75 and 120 mg, it’s safe to take far more. Doses of 1,000 mg, taken three times a day, have been found to have a positive effect on cold and flu symptoms.
Vitamin C is found in many foods, and serious deficiencies are rare in the U.S. However, vitamin C is water-soluble, which means it is not stored by the body and must be consumed daily to maintain adequate levels.
Calcium is an important mineral that helps strengthen bones, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, protect cardiovascular health, control blood pressure, and maintain a healthy body weight.
Magnesium also aids in bone health by contributing to calcium absorption. It helps control processes related to proper nerve and muscle function. Low levels of magnesium are related to muscle cramps, migraines, and mental disorders.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Myers Cocktail Treatment?
Many people with certain health conditions respond favorably to Myers Cocktail treatments. These issues include:
While the Myers Cocktail isn’t a cure for chronic medical conditions, and all patients respond differently, many people report feeling an immediate improvement in energy levels, mood, and pain scores. Drink plenty of water before and after treatment to avoid feeling dizzy.
How Often Should You Get a Myers Cocktail Treatment?
Everyone has different health needs, and the ideal treatment plan for you will depend on any underlying health conditions and the severity of any nutrient deficiencies. Some people experience a noticeable improvement after one Myers Cocktail treatment, while others may require treatment once a week over a period of several weeks to see the desired results.