There is a lot of information out there about supplements and which is best for you. Have you ever wondered which is the best way for your body to absorb vitamins? In this blog, I will break it down for you and help you understand the difference between oral, IV, and IM (intramuscular) vitamin injections and what’s the best way for your body to absorb vitamins.
The main difference in these 3 methods of supplement intake is how well and how quickly your body can absorb the nutrients. And, when it comes to supplements, the entire goal is getting your body to absorb and use the nutrients.
When it comes to oral supplements, there are 3 main forms the supplements come in: tablet, capsule, or liquid. Tablet form is the most common when it comes to supplements. However, tablets are the hardest for your body to break down and absorb. In fact, only 3 to 10 percent of the vitamins in tablet form actually make it into your bloodstream for your body to absorb.
The second most common form of oral supplements is capsule form. Capsules are coated and easier for us all to swallow. They are also easier for our bodies to break down and use when compared to tablets.
Liquid vitamins are also an option. Liquids are quickly absorbed because there is nothing for your body to break down. The only downfall to liquid vitamins is that they can be hard to find over the counter, and they tend to taste awful.
Be diligent when shopping for over the counter supplements. The FDA lumps supplements into their nutraceutical category. Nutraceuticals are defined by the FDA as any product that reduces the effects of stress and free radicals by boosting your body’s immune system and reducing specific health risks. It has been proven by numerous research studies, that you can slow down signs of early aging by using the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants contained in nutraceuticals. This research sadly opened the flood gates to retailers and many products may call themselves nutraceuticals when they truly are not. Always read the labels and purchase pharmaceutical grade supplements. Watch out for fillers and other chemicals that should not be in supplements like artificial colors, hydrogenated oils, lead, mercury, PCB’s, Talic, magnesium silicate, and titanium dioxide.
IV vitamin therapy is a growing and popular way to get your vitamins. However, IV therapy can leave you over hydrated and feeling bloated. It’s also is time-consuming. Be prepared to spend at least an hour or more stuck in a chair when you are getting your IV vitamin therapy.
IV therapy bypasses your bodies first defense against bacteria by going straight to your bloodstream. However, this also greatly increases your bodies vitamin absorption. But like anything done with a needle, there is a small chance of infection. Always make sure to consult with a licensed medical professional who will perform the therapy.
There is also the risk of getting too much of a good thing with IV therapy. It is possible to receive too much of a specific vitamin or mineral, which can increase the risk of adverse effects. Excessive levels of vitamins and minerals can be hard on the organs and should be avoided. Risks associated with the infusion, in general, include blood clots, and vein irritation and inflammation, which could be painful. Air embolisms can also be introduced through an IV line, which could cause a stroke. If the infusions aren’t carefully monitored and the fluid drips too quickly, there’s a risk of fluid overload, which could affect electrolyte balances and damage the kidneys, brain, and heart.
If you are considering IV therapy, make sure you do your homework. IV clinics aren’t closely regulated. Read reviews and ask questions. You should have to provide a comprehensive medical history and review with a licensed physician or other credentialled medical staff member. Your current medications and over the counter supplements and health concerns should be addressed. Don’t be in a rush to sit in the chair, be diligent.
IM (Intramuscular) Injections
Finally, let’s talk about IM (intramuscular) injections. An IM injection is a shot given directly into the muscle and is usually given in the upper arm, buttocks or thigh. Yes, I am biased, this method is my favorite…
IM injections are absorbed fast! This is because muscle tissue has a good blood supply and can also hold a larger volume of vitamins per injection. The effects of IM injections are immediate, perceptible, and can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days depending on the rate at which your body absorbs the nutrients. At Aura Body, we recommend coming in weekly or even bi-weekly to keep your levels from dipping and keep you from feeling tired and depleted. And, unlike IV’s the injections are quick and easy. We’re talking less than 5 minutes for an established client with same-day appointments available.
One of the most common IM vitamin injections is B12. B12 can help regulate your mood, sleep, boost metabolism, and promote energy. So many people are B12 deficient and don’t even realize it. I like to jokingly tell my clients that while they will notice a difference and start feeling better after I administer a B12 injection, they will definitely notice when they need to come back.
I hope this blog has answered your questions about oral, IV, and intramuscular vitamin injections and helped you understand the best ways for your bodies to absorb vitamins. Now, it’s time to book an appointment with us at Aura Body and start feeling better than you have in a long time!