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IV Infusions

Although the best way to get the necessary nutrients for our good health is through a healthy diet, sometimes, our body does benefit from an extra boost.

Administering micronutrients intravenously has the advantage of bypassing the digestive system and going directly into the bloodstream. Some micronutrients, such as vitamin C, can only be absorbed in limited quantities via our intestine, and if taken in high doses, it can cause side effects, such as diarrhoea.

Infusions or IV Drips as otherwise known, can be of special benefit when food intake is reduced due to nausea and/or mucositis secondary to cancer treatments, for example. The micronutrients are administered dissolved in saline (ClNa 0.9%) which also provides optimum hydration.

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Vitamin C is water soluble, and the body does not store it. To maintain adequate levels of vitamin C, we need a continuous intake.

Vitamin C plays an important role in a number of bodily functions including the production of collagen, L-carnitine, and some neurotransmitters. Vitamin C is great for healing wounds after surgery because it helps repair tissue and reduce damage from inflammation and oxidation.

Vitamin C may help patients with cancer. As an antioxidant, it protects the body against oxidative stress and the subsequent damage caused by the free radicals released. It helps prevent the oxidation of other molecules and to regenerate other antioxidants in the body, too.

High doses of vitamin C have been found to reduce the speed of growth of some types of cancerous tissue. Researchers have proposed using vitamin C in cancer patients whose treatment options are limited.

More studies are needed to understand which cancers could be affected by vitamin C and which other effective treatments can be used in conjunction with vitamin C, as well as the long-term effects of this approach. Although some scientists have disputed the use of vitamin C in cancer treatment, in 2013, researchers found evidence that high doses of intravenous vitamin C might benefit cancer patients. A 2015 study confirmed its effectiveness.

The National Cancer Institute report several studies that used high dose vitamin C intravenously with few side effects.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved the use of intravenous vitamin C in treatment of cancer patients, including those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and it is not recognised as a treatment.

According to the team at Riordan Clinic in Kansas - USA, with over 45 years experience, vitamin C administered intravenously …

  • Lessens pain after injuries
  • Helps the body heal faster
  • Improves energy levels/fatigue
  • Resiliency to infections like colds/flu or other viral/bacterial infections
  • In cancer patients, IVC is known to improve the response to cancer therapies because it alleviates the effects of traditional therapies, improves appetite and helps patients remain more active



The Myers Cocktail is an intravenous formula containing vitamins and minerals, its therapeutic use was pioneered by the late Dr. John Myers, MD from Baltimore, Maryland.

It has been used to help in many clinical conditions, including fatigue, depression, acute migraines, upper respiratory infections, asthma attacks, fibromyalgia, seasonal allergies, and others.

Because the infusion process bypasses the digestive system, nutrients can be fully absorbed for rapid delivery and cell utilisation. This makes the Myers Cocktail an excellent adjunctive vitamin-mineral therapy to help restore and heal the body during the cancer-fighting process.

Myers Cocktails can be given to replenish nutrients and help people have more energy. A good plan for cancer patients is to receive the infusions on an alternating schedule with high-dose intravenous vitamin C.

Glutathione, a compound that is produced in the liver, is the body’s most essential antioxidant, and its ability to neutralise free radicals in cells and aids in detoxification processes has highlighted it as a promising therapeutic for a wide range of diseases and disorders.

Glutathione protects cells from oxidants is through recycling of vitamins C and E, and facilitates the excretion of mercury out of cells, specially out of the brain. It is vital to mitochondrial function and maintenance of mitochondrial DNA (the mitochondria are the powerhouse of our cells).

This molecule also intervenes in the regulation of proliferation and apoptosis and as a cofactor for several antioxidant enzymes.

Glutathione is a tripeptide (cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid) found in surprisingly high levels—5 millimolar—concentrations in most cells. This is the same concentration in cells as glucose, potassium, and cholesterol! Considering the high level of metabolic activity required to produce glutathione, such a high level underlines its importance.

Low levels of glutathione and/or transferase activity are also associated with chronic exposure to chemical toxins and alcohol, cadmium exposure, AIDS/HIV, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.


Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is an essential pyridine nucleotide that serves as an essential cofactor and substrate for a number of critical cellular processes involved in oxidative phosphorylation and ATP production, DNA repair, epigenetically modulated gene expression, intracellular calcium signalling, and immunological functions. It helps protect against DNA damage and oxidative stress, which are linked to cancer development. NAD+ depletion may occur in response to either excessive DNA damage due to free radical or ultraviolet attack. It also declines naturally when we age or when exposed to a great deal of stress. Recent studies have shown that enhancing NAD+ levels can profoundly reduce oxidative cell damage in catabolic tissue, including the brain. Therefore, promotion of intracellular NAD+ anabolism represents a promising therapeutic strategy for age-associated degenerative diseases in general and is essential to the effective realisation of multiple benefits of healthy sirtuin activity.

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Last modified on 12 November 2021
Dr Saskia H. Kloppenburg Vieth

Consultant in General Internal Medicine and Specialist in Complementary Cancer Care
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