We all love our sports and recreation and regardless of whether it is solely for fun, personal fitness or weight management, or if its for making gains in a workout regimen, getting an upper hand to enhance performance, endurance and recovery is always an attractive option. IV nutrient therapy has much to offer.
IV administration of nutrients has several advantages over oral supplementation and allows for immediate and complete absorption and access to muscles. Treatments are flexible and customizable, safe and painless.
Using IV therapy for athletic performance can address these 4 important points.
1 .Ensuring full-spectrum micro-nutrient sufficiency.
Studies on athletes show that iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, the range of B-vitamins, vitamin D, selenium and iodine are often deficient, esp. in athletes. These compounds play important roles as ‘co-factors’, meaning they are necessary for biochemical pathways to function adequately. Addressing underlying deficiencies is fundamental for optimal sport performance, recovery and for injury prevention.
- Ensuring maximal anti-oxidant levels.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as an anti-oxidant throughout the body and serves an important role in the synthesis of collagen (for healthy joints). IV dosing of vitamin C, compared to the equivalent oral dose, shows a 6-fold increased concentration within the bloodstream.
N-acetyl cysteine is another powerful anti-oxidant has been shown to improve time-to-exhaustion scores during high-intensity cardio workouts.
- Boosting the body’s release of Growth Hormone (GH).
The amino acid arginine when given at a sufficient dose has been clearly shown to stimulate GH release, an effect not found with oral supplementation. Enhanced GH release has a role to play in improved muscle mass and strength, but the research suggests this benefit exists only up to a certain point. Women tend to respond better to this treatment than men.
- Increased levels of L-carnitine within the muscles.
The natural compound Acetyl-L-carnitine plays a pivotal role in immediate breakdown of fatty acids for energy. During high intensity workouts, muscle fatigue can be significantly delayed with the use of IV carnitine.
It is important to note that for professional athletes, IV administration of any substance is currently prohibited by the World-Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).