What’s In My Drip?
Helping to make a Healthier You. Every patient is different. IV vitamin infusions can benefit a wide range of people, but a targeted approach to your unique needs and concerns will help us create a treatment regimen designed to maximize the benefits of therapy. We’ll be with you every step of the way as you work towards enhancing your vitality.
The effectiveness of IV drip therapy is especially valuable during illness, when the body’s demand for nutrients is greater than usual. Supplements are invaluable to the healing process and helping the body recover more quickly.
Drip offers many IV therapy options to quickly and effectively improve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions. We also custom-blend formulas upon request. Each of our treatments contain a unique combination of ingredients. Learn more about the ingredients in Drip’s formulas below.
Amino acids are a group of organic compounds that form the building blocks of proteins that make up 75% of the body. Being foundational to normal chemical reactions, amino acids are involved in almost every body function, including:
+ Growth and development
+ Healing and repair
+ Normal digestion
+ Providing energy for the body
+ Regulating moods by producing hormones
+ Producing neurotransmitters
+ Assisting in the creation of muscles and connective tissue
+ Assisting in the synthesis of skin
Amino acids are classified into three categories – Essential, Nonessential, and Conditional. Each group has its own role and set of functions.
+ Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body and must be ingested from an outside source. Regular meals will provide enough for normal function.
+ Nonessential amino acids are naturally produced by the body throughout the day.
+ Conditional amino acids are beneficial when the body is fighting off an illness or coping with stress.
A balance of essential and nonessential amino acids are required for optimal health and wellbeing. The body does not store amino acids, so they must be ingested or produced daily, otherwise the proteins in muscle and tissue will start to degrade.
Top athletic performance relies on proteins to help maintain muscle and tissue strength. Studies suggest that amino acids enhance the body’s endurance and capacity for exercise. Amino acids may modify athletic performance in several different ways, including increasing the amount of anabolic hormones in the body to boost metabolism, changing the way the body utilises energy during exercise, and delaying the onset of mental and physical fatigue by altering the rate at which serotonin is created.
Arginine is an amino acid that plays a vital role in many of the body’s functions, including making other compounds necessary for health. It can be converted to usable sugars, if needed by the body. With its ability to help fight fatigue, increase energy, improve circulation, and stimulate the immune system, it’s truly a versatile substance.
Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.
It is used to:
+ Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
+ Heal wounds and form scar tissue
+ Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth
Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging process. Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis. The body is not able to make vitamin C on its own, and it does not store vitamin C.
B complex vitamins refer to several different vitamins which are part of the same family. Together, these water-soluble vitamins perform a range of vital functions including cardiovascular support, helping the body convert food into energy, immune function, and more.
In addition to these, B complex vitamins are most notable for their role in promoting healthy skin, hair, and nails. They reduce free radicals in the body that contribute to aging, resulting in an overall healthier and younger appearance.
The B Complex Vitamins Are:
+ B1 (thiamine)
+ B2 (riboflavin)
+ B3 (niacin)
+ B5 (pantothenic acid)
+ B6 (pyridoxine)
+ B7 (biotin)
+ B12 (cyanocobalamin)
Because the B vitamin complex is so versatile and performs so many functions throughout the body, it is featured in many of Drip’s IV drip formulas.
Vitamin B7, also known as biotin, is part of the B-vitamin complex and is associated with improving the strength, appearance, and overall health of the skin, hair, and nails. To this end, biotin is a common addition to beauty supplements.
Biotin plays a role in converting food into energy by helping to metabolize carbohydrates and fats. B7 also helps maintain the nervous system and promotes healthy psychological function.
While rare, biotin deficiency is often marked by hair loss, a decrease in mental cognition, dermatitis, depression, hypotonia (decreased muscle tone), and ataxia (decreased muscle coordination) Biotin cannot be absorbed through the skin. IV therapy can quickly restore normal levels of biotin to prevent unwanted symptoms of deficiency.
Calcium is an essential mineral which keeps bones and teeth strong and is leached from our body as we age. To prevent osteoporosis and keep you fighting fit, optimum calcium levels are key. We use calcium gluconate for our drips, as this calcium compound the most common IV formulation and has a long history of safety.
Carnitine is another energy-supporting amino acid, helping cells properly utilize fatty-acids in their metabolism. Research on carnitine has uncovered exciting potential for slowing aging and improving cardiovascular health, and it is often used in supplements targeted towards athletes who want to perform better.
Vitamin B12 is part of the B-vitamin complex and notable for its role in maintaining optimal neurological function. The vitamin is associated with preventing memory loss and improving concentration, as well as boosting energy levels.
Vitamin B12 has a large role in DNA synthesis and metabolizing amino acids. B12 is essential to ensuring the proper formation of red blood cells; low levels of B12 can result in anemia.
Some individuals have increased difficulty absorbing B12 due to an underlying medical condition. These individuals are at an increased risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency. Symptoms of B12 deficiency include anemia, fatigue, and neurological changes such as memory problems, depression, and dementia.
B12 absorption is less effective when supplemented orally, so IV injection is an alternative and more effective way to correct B12 deficiency.
Studies suggest an association between low levels of vitamin B12 in the body and cognitive impairment, neurodegenerative disease, and dementia.
A derivative of Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is an essential component of coenzyme A (CoA) and acyl carrier protein (ACP). In both CoA and ACP, a derivative of pantothenic acid, 4′-phosphopantetheine, forms the active portion of the compound. COA is required for the chemical reactions that produce energy from carbohydrates, fats, proteins and for the synthesis of essential fats, cholesterol, certain hormones, and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. ACP is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids. The principal functions of pantothenic acid are through CoA which is required for synthesis of essential fats, sterols, steroid hormones, melatonin, acetylcholine, and heme (a part of hemoglobin and many metabolic proteins).
Glucosamine is a must-have amino sugar that is used to support joint health and help athletes recover from strenuous workouts. It has shown some promise in helping those with arthritis and joint stiffness, as well.
Glutamine is an amino acid that your body is partially able to make on its own, but can be affected by exertion or high amounts of stress. It is a key player in healthy metabolism function and is a source of energy for cells, along with sugar (glucose). It assists in wound healing and recovery, so it’s a great addition to an after-workout routine.
Glutathione is a peptide that acts like a potent antioxidant in the body, removing toxins and getting rid of free radicals that contribute to inflammation and aging. Glutathione’s properties work wonders in ridding the body of harmful substances, but its benefits also extend to the skin. Glutathione can combat dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and dullness—helping you obtain the glowing skin you’ve been looking for.
Hydroxocobalamin (a form of B-12) is another all-star B-vitamin that performs a range of functions in the body. Your body must have B-12 in order to make new proteins, and it helps your body metabolize fat and carbohydrates for energy. B-12 supports mental health and immune function, and can relieve chronic fatigue.
Lysine is an amino acid that’s essential to a range of functions in the body, including the absorption and use of calcium, tissue recovery after strenuous exercise, surgery, or injury, building new muscle, and production of a range of substances that the body needs for metabolism and immune function. This key building block of health isn’t made in the body. You have to get Lysine from food or supplementation.
Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions and enzyme systems that regulate various functions in the body. This mineral is found in many types of food.
NAD is a coenzyme that is associated with the metabolism. This coenzyme maintains regular levels of energy, regulates redox reactions, and maintains the health of mitochondria.
NAD activates sirtuins, which are proteins that utilize NAD to improve metabolic efficiency, which in turn influences cell changes that contribute to aging, overall energy levels, and can improve neurodegenerative disorders. In addition to these effects, NAD promotes anti-aging by lengthening telomeres, which are protective caps located at the ends of chromosomes that naturally get shorter as the body ages.
The level of NAD in the body declines with age and reduces the effectiveness of cellular function
Niacinimide is the preferred method of supplementing the essential nutrient niacin (B-3) in the human body. A deficiency of niacin causes pellagra, a distressing illness characterized by skin problems and impacts to mental health. Niacin supports heart health, skin health, optimal energy levels, and an efficient metabolism.
Ornithine is an amino acid that forms a crucial part of the “urea cycle,” which helps the body get rid of its excess nitrogen and stay in balance. It’s role in metabolism and potential wound-healing and hormone-supporting functions have made it a fixture of workout-enhancing supplements and recovery products.
Potassium is a mineral that functions as an electrolyte in the body, keeping hydration levels balanced and supporting the heart, brain, muscles, and digestive tract. Without enough potassium, energy levels, heart health, mental clarity, and mood will take a hit.
Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. All B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning that the body does not store them. Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry signals from one nerve cell to another. It is needed for normal brain development and function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin, which helps regulate the body clock. Along with vitamins B12 and B9 (folic acid), B6 helps control levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid that may be associated with heart disease. Your body needs B6 in order to absorb vitamin B12 and to make red blood cells and cells of the immune system.
Selenium is an essential mineral with two crucial functions. On the one hand, it acts like an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells from free radicals, reducing inflammation, and potentially even fighting against infection. It also plays a role in our body’s hormone production process, which influences energy levels and reproductive health.
Taurine is an essential amino acid that plays a role in many systems throughout the body. Concentrations mainly occur in the heart, muscles, brain, and eyes.
Deficiency in taurine is rare because most individuals ingest sufficient amounts of taurine through meat, fish, and dairy consumption, where this amino acid naturally occurs. Vegetarians and vegans may benefit from taurine supplements, as vegetarian sources may contain a sufficient amount of the body’s daily required value.
Taurine deficiency is rare and is generally characterized by changes in vision, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and kidney problems.
Taurine has many functions in the body, including:
+ Regulating certain minerals in the cells
+ Supporting immune function
+ Supporting muscle growth and development
+ Regulating immune system health
+ Regulating antioxidant function
+ Regulating anti-inflammatory function
+ Maintaining electrolyte function and balance
+ Maintaining nervous system function
+ Maintaining metabolic function
Taurine is often associated with enhancing sports performance. This antioxidant prevents the oxidative stress caused by exercise and may be beneficial to reducing fatigue and optimizing muscle function and health.
Thiamine (B-1) is one of the B-complex superstars, providing support for heart health, digestive health, immune function, mood and mental clarity, and vision. Deficiency of this crucial vitamin causes a condition caused beri-beri, which can be life threatening.
Zinc is another essential mineral with a variety of functions. It’s a cornerstone of cellular metabolism, supporting the body as it protects itself from illness, heals wounds, creates proteins, and creates new cells. Your body can’t store Zinc and it can be hard to obtain through diet, so supplementation can help.