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Vitamindrip® was founded in 2011 by Frank Stillo who, inspired by the work of Dr. Myers, (known for the Myers Cocktail), developed this product range for Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (IVMT) using an assembled team of leading medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, biochemists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists. Hailing from Canada it was launched there in March 2011 and is now also available in the USA, Mexico and Europe through Express Clinics, Boutique Clinics and Flagship Clinics. It was initially launched into the UK market in 2014.
Intravenous (IV) Therapy or IVMT, is a treatment where nutrients such as vitamins or minerals are administered directly into the bloodstream typically through a vein in the arm.
Vitamindrip use a profiling system as an aid to identifying a persons specific nutrient requirements. These are encrypted sets of numbers which are run through an online proprietary software program (Vitamindrip® Smartware™) that reflect a persons current state of health, as evaluated following a series of medical, health and lifestyle questions; this is then used to produce a profile and prescribe a treatment. Additionally, they offer the option for micronutrient testing whereby a full nutritional status of the patient at a cellular level can be established before treatment. The test looks at vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, metabolites, antioxidants and carbohydrate metabolism.
Vitamindrip can be used as a treatment aid for any condition where low levels of nutrients or other vitamin or mineral deficiencies are suspected. The company claims that the following, and many others, respond to IVMT for many people:
• Immune Support
• Athletic Performance
• Hormone Balance
• Chronic Fatigue
• Inflammatory GI conditions
Supplements providing that no medical claim is made about them.
Trained medical practitioners (doctors, dentists, NIPs and nurses).
The Vitamindrip products are delivered in a 0.9% saline solution.
Vitamindrip® Original is aimed at providing replenishing fluids, vitamins and minerals before, during and after all "life draining activities", as the makers refer to them, which make our lives busy, hectic and stressful. The drip includes vitamin C (ascorbic acid 500mg/ml), vitamin B-12 (methylcobalamin 1000mcg/ml), B complex (B1 & B3 100mg/ml, B2, B5 & B6 2mg/ml), vitamin B5 (dexapanthenol 250mg/ml), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine 100mg/ml), calcium and magnesium.
Vitamindrip® Athletic Performance is aimed at providing replenishing fluids, vitamins, minerals and amino acids before, during and after all extreme activities. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, L-taurine, L-arginine, L-glutamine and zinc.
Vitamindrip® Hydration is aimed at restoring hydration. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, calcium and magnesium.
Vitamindrip® Rejuvenation is aimed at restoring youthful radiance. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, L-proline, L-lysine, L-glutathione, zinc and selenium.
Vitamindrip® Diet and Detox is designed to burn stubborn body fat and detoxify the body to rid it of unhealthy toxins and boost energy. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, L-carnitine, L-glutamine, L-glutathione, zinc and selenium.
Vitamindrip® Immune Support is aimed at combatting cold and flu symptoms. The drip vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, L-glutathione, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese and D- alpha lipoic acid.
Vitamindrip® Libido Enhancer relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, L-glutamine, L-taurine, L-arginine, L-carnitine and zinc.
Vitamindrip® Aches and Pains targets inflammation and increases circulation. It is claimed to be effective in relieving aches and pains associated with muscles, rheumatic, back, headaches, teeth and menstrual cramps. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, L-glutamine, L-taurine, L-proline, L-lysine, chromium, manganese, selenium, zinc, glucosamine and MSM 15%.
Vitamindrip® Brain Health aims to improve brain performance. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, L-glutathione, L-taurine, selenium, glycerolphosocholine, zinc and N-acetyl-cysteine.
Vitamindrip® Mood Support aims to boost the bodys natural serotonin levels and help promote calmness following stress, anxiety or exhaustion. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, chromium, selenium, glycerolphosocholine and zinc.
A range of intramuscular delivered booster injections is also available.
Vitamindrip® Pure Energy is designed to keep you energized for days, for those working, exercising, or studying for long hours, or as a regulator for sleep, mood and appetite. It contains vitamins B-12, B1 and B6 plus caffeine and adenosine monophosphate (AMP).
Vitamindrip® Diet and Detox is designed to provide vitamins and active ingredients to boost metabolism and energy, detoxify vital organs, eliminate excess body fat and reduce hunger cravings. It contains vitamins B-12, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 plus methylfolate, L-methionine, innositol, choline chloride, D-biotin and chromium.
Vitamindrip® Glutathione is designed to prevent damage to important cellular components in the body by protecting against free radicals, reducing oxidative stress, boosting the immune system, detoxifying and reducing cellular inflammation. It contains L-glutathione.
Pregnant or breast feeding women or the elderly.
Those with heart or kidney problems, shortness of breath, neurological conditions, uncontrolled diabetes, problems with blood clotting, those who have had a recent trauma (such as accident or illness), or are currently showing signs of fever or illness.
Most people will feel well immediately after completion of their first IV therapy and go on to feel a sense of general wellness and increased energy for several days.
Minor side effects from this treatment include bruising and tenderness at the needle insertion point, with potential for inflammation of the vein (thrombophlebitis) due to the cannulation. These should be temporary and normally resolve in two or three days.
Some people may feel a little faint or light headed immediately after treatment and need to wait before leaving the clinic.
Various complications can occur both during and after intravenous cannulation including pain, difficulty introducing the cannula, arterial puncture, blood clot formation, infection and necrosis. Rarely an allergic reaction could cause anaphylaxis.
The cost of Vitamindrip treatment will depend on the specific product used from the range and the clinic offering treatment. Expect to pay between £95 and £325 for an IV Vitamindrip treatment. Booster injections start from approximately £49 up to around £80.