Intravenous (IV) Therapies — Part 3: IV Therapies and Athletic Performance

 by Corrine Wang, N.D.

Corrine Wang, ND offers IV nutritional therapy for athletesWhat’s your main fitness event? Are you a marathoner, triathlete, weekend warrior – or are you primarily focused on keeping in shape?

Athletes push their bodies to the limit. They consume large amounts of vital nutrients as a normal part of the metabolic turnover of training and competition.

Without adequate nutrients, an athlete can experience fatigue and slowed recovery. Intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy helps the athlete’s body receive optimal concentrations of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and/or amino acids directly, at levels typically 10-100 times greater than with oral supplementation.

When added to your workout and competitive routine, IV therapy can enhance your performance multiple ways:

  • Improve performance, stamina, and strength
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Shorten recovery time
  • Aid tissue repair at the cellular level
  • Satisfy the high nutritional demands of the exercising body

runnerWhat types of IV therapies are most beneficial for athletic performance?

The treatments we prescribe include vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients such as amino acids. We find the most effective treatments for athletic performance are the Myers Cocktail and Glutathione.

Myers Cocktail

The Myers’ Cocktail, invented by Baltimore physician John Myers, MD, is administered intravenously as an alternative treatment for a broad range of conditions including asthma, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. We have found that this mix of vitamins and minerals can also benefit athletes.

The Myers’ cocktail includes:

  • Vitamin C
  • B5, B6, B12, B Complex
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Selenium

Glutathione

The glutathione molecule is composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamine, and glycine, all of which are very helpful to the exercising body. Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and recycling and reactivating other major antioxidants such as vitamins C and E.

glutathioneFor the athlete, glutathione helps quench free radicals created while training and competing, to aid recovery. It can also help relieve exercise-induced stress, muscle fatigue, and performance lapses caused by free radicals. Glutathione has been shown to increase stamina and delay fatigue in endurance-trained athletes such as marathon runners during strenuous, prolonged exercise. Find out more about glutathione HERE.

The combination of a Myers’ cocktail with glutathione can significantly improve athletic performance and recovery time.

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For more information and to make an appointment for your IV treatment, please contact us at (650) 917-1121

 

For more information about Dr. Corrine Wang and her mind/body approach to healing, please visit her website at http://www.drcorrinewang.com

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