Naturopathic Doctors have long employed intravenously delivered high dose vitamin and mineral combinations. A “Myers” is a cocktail of vitamin C, B vitamins, minerals and glutathione that helps to address a variety of conditions, symptoms and concerns. Each Myers is designed to the naturopathic patient’s needs.
A Myers cocktail can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. As a result of the blend of B vitamins and vitamin C, a typical response from a patient after having a Myers is that they feel energetic. The vitamin C and glutathione helps to provide anti-oxidant support to all tissues and organs. Neurological conditions benefit from the anti-oxidants added to the Myers cocktail. This IV is also beneficial in managing pain; the magnesium in particular helps to relax muscles.
Because of all of the ingredients that go into the Myers cocktail, this IV provides cofactors and support for various biochemical reactions in the body. Therefore, our Calgary Naturopathic Doctors apply Myers IV therapy to help with fibromyalgia, fatigue, nausea, and gastrointestinal discomfort, hair and nail health, asthma, red blood cell production and prevention of infection through immune boosting vitamins and minerals. Overall, a Myers can also be used to maintain general health and nutrition.
Myers IV therapy helps to replenish nutrients during a naturopathic patient’s chelation therapy treatment. Chelation therapy can sometimes chelate out vitamins and minerals along with the heavy metals. Therefore a Myers is recommended every so often by the Naturopathic Doctor to ensure you are not losing required nutrients.
Naturopaths at the Nardella Clinic in Calgary may also use amino acids in a Myers treatment. Amino acids (the building blocks of protein) can be administered to help increase energy and overall wellbeing. Because amino acids are the building blocks to protein, the body is not required to break this down. This helps individuals who are unable to digest or breakdown proteins to have an opportunity to absorb the amino acids and utilize them for energy. Amino acids are also useful in patients with immune suppression, as it allows increased amino acid exposure so that the body can make its own immune constituents to mount an immune response. In addition to the immune system and nutrition, amino acids also play an integral role in neurotransmitter synthesis. A deficiency in amino acids and improper nutrition can lead to imbalances in neurotransmitter release resulting in anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.
Vitamins and minerals that Naturopathic Doctors typically include in Myers treatments:
Vitamin C – antioxidant beneficial for the immune system
Calcium– prevents and treats calcium deficiency
Magnesium– relaxing effect on muscles and nerves and blood vessels and cardiac function
Dexapanthenol (Vitamin B5) – Important for building hemoglobin, steroid hormones, fatty acids and carbohydrates. Important in the breakdown of fatty acids and carbohydrates.
Selenium – makes antioxidant enzymes when combined with proteins = selenoproteins à can also modulate the immune system and thyroid function
Multitrace minerals – overall wellbeing and immune support
B-complex (Mixture of B Vitamins) – overall wellbeing and energy
Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12) – metabolically active form of B12, which is useful in neurological conditions. It helps to keep the integrity of myelin sheath on nerves by converting homocysteine to methionine.
Glutathione – antioxidant