Myer’s Cocktail: IV Vitamins and Antioxidants
Jul 26, 2018 09:39AM
By Dr. Jean Golden-Tevald, DO
An intravenous vitamin infusion containing vitamins C, B12 and B-complex, the Myer’s Cocktail is used to enhance the immune system, improve fatigue and reduce symptoms of many conditions. It’s used to prevent and treat the common cold, viruses, assists in detoxification in the liver and gives the skin a healthy glow. Many chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic depression respond to a series of Myer’s Cocktails, in which patients feel an energy boost lasting days or weeks. Patients who get sick frequently with infections may find an increased immune response, an increase in energy and less susceptibility to acute situations such as viral illnesses.
When combined with Glutathione (GSH), often referred to as the body’s master antioxidant, it has a potent antioxidant effect. Composed of three amino acids, cysteine, glycine, and glutamate, GSH can be found in virtually every cell of the human body, with the highest concentration found in the liver. This makes it critical in the body’s detoxification process.
The Myer’s Cocktail, or “Myer’s” for short, is named for the late John Myers, MD, a Maryland physician who used IV nutrients to treat his patients. The Myer’s Cocktail can be administered through an IV drip or simply with a syringe and butterfly needle, for a quick “on the go” treatment.
The Myer’s Cocktail works by increasing the concentration of several essential vitamins and nutrients in the blood. When nutrients are injected into the vein, the digestive system is bypassed. The nutrients in the bloodstream are coaxed into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria, where they are active. This process kick-starts the cells so energy is produced more efficiently in them.
The IV is relatively painless and takes 5 minutes to administer. It is safe, effective and well tolerated. Most beneficial effects are reportedly felt by the fourth treatment. Many patients choose to continue the injections every 1 to 4 weeks or whenever they feel their energy slipping. Of course, an IV infusion is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, but it can certainly be a helpful boost.
Dr. Jean Golden-Tevald, DO, practices at MorningStar Family Health Center. The center offers the Myer’s Cocktail service to its practice members.
Location: MorningStar Family Health Center, 54 Old Highway 22, Clinton. For more information, visit MorningStarFHC.com.