‘Vitamin C’ booster shots now available
We are very excited to share with you that here at Cryojuvenate we have launched a new service, providing, vitamin C injections. Accordingly, we felt it would be apt to share with you a blog post on the benefits of vitamin C, and why you may want to consider additional supplementation.
Roles of vitamin C in the body
Vitamin C has many important roles in the body, including supporting the production of collagen within the tissues, protecting against cardiovascular disease, eye disease and even showing positive effects on reducing skin wrinkling. However, one of the most well know benefits of vitamin C is its role in supporting immune function. Whilst there is still debate as to whether vitamin C is the cure for the common cold, it has demonstrated beneficial effects on protecting immune deficiencies and may help to speed up the recovery process when you fall sick. Below is a summary of some of the key roles vitamin C plays to support optimal health and wellbeing (Carr & Maggini., 2017).
- Vitamin C helps speed up recovery from injury helping to rebuild the tissue and minimise scarring.
- It also maintains the integrity of connective tissue – cartilage, capillaries, bones and teeth.
- Vitamin C is involved in the biosynthesis of hormones.
- Vitamin C helps your body deal with stress by supporting the adrenals.
- Vitamin C supports a healthy immune system – it helps the body fight infections and reduces the effects of environmental pollutants.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps to prevent oxidative stress in the body.
How much ‘Vitamin C’ do we need?
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that we must consume from food and/or supplements since it cannot be synthesized by our body. Without a sufficient intake, severe health consequences can occur, one of the most documented historically is scurvy, characterized by a weakening of collagenous structures, resulting in poor wound healing and impaired immunity.
A daily intake of around 100mg of vitamin C a day normally covers the general requirements for the reduction of chronic disease risk, with 2000mg being recognised as the safe upper limit. However, many people fail to meet the recommended daily requirement, even where food availability and supply is sufficient.
Some reasons for this insufficient intake include poor dietary habits, various diseases, exposure to pollutants and smoke and economic issues (poor socioeconomic status and limited access to nutritious food) (Carr & Maggini.,2017. Furthermore, athletes or those who commit to excessive physical or psychological stress are also identified to be at risk of an insufficiency (Atalay, Lappalainen & Sen., 2006).
Why might you want to consider intravenous \ injectable supplementation with Vitamin C
Vitamin C is present in many foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli, red and green peppers, strawberries and Brussel sprouts, however for those who may need extra support, it can also be consumed through dietary supplements. With so many different supplements available today, for those choosing to increase their vitamin C, people may wonder why they might want to consider injections over oral supplementation.
Whilst the research into the benefits of intravenous supplementation vs oral is in its infancy, there is the suggestion that receiving a vitamin C injection may enhance absorption compared to taking an oral supplement. The premise behind this enhanced absorption is that injectable supplements are absorbed in to the body bypassing the digestive system, whilst oral supplements have to make it past the stomach, into the small intestine before they can enter the bloodstream (Suh et al., 2012).
It is also thought that this means vitamin C can reach much higher levels in the blood than when consumed orally. Finally, by receiving either an intravenous or injectable dose of vitamin C you can receive a higher concentration compared to that you would in an oral supplement form.
There is some preliminary studies showing promise for the use of intravenous vit c to support those suffering from cancer reducing inflammation in the body (Mikirova et al., 2012) and may improve symptoms (Padayatty et al., 2006). The use of oral supplementation in these patients has failed to show such any effects. Other population groups that may be considered for intravenous vit c include those with poor immune health, fatigue (Suh et al., 2012) or individuals partaking in strenuous exercise programmes (Taghiyar et al, 2013). Recently there has been an increase in scientific attention in this area, and it is likely there will be more research in this space over the next few years to confirm the efficacy of this treatment.
So what can we take away from the evidence for intravenous supplementation at present; the documented literature suggests the use of intravenous vit c may be appropriate for individuals meeting the criteria documented above, or if you are diagnosed with a severe deficiency or working to correct an underlying health condition. If you think that your may benefit from increasing your vitamin C stores to enhance your health and wellbeing through injections, come and speak to us in clinic to see how we can support you best. We do recommend speaking with your GP before receiving a course of injections.Vitamin Injections IV Therapy
We offer four other vitamin and nutrient injections ranging from Vitamin B12 for lasting energy, Slimboost to assist with natural metabolic weight loss, Vitaboost to promote overall wellness and CoQ10+ to power up fitness routines. Delivering vitamins via injection means you get 100% absorption of these essential elements. When vitamin are taken orally they pass through your digestive tract and you only absorb about 50% of their benefits.
Our five different infusions target a variety of wellness needs. We replenish hydration, assist recovery from illness, jet lag and hangovers, restore vitamin and nutrient levels, refresh cosmetic appearance and revitalize your overall well-being. Our IV therapies are administered quickly, you can begin to feel the effects immediately and they fully develop over the next 24 hours. Say goodbye to entire days wasted feeling hungover, lethargic, jet lagged, recovering from illness or recovering from strenuous exercise and activities.
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