With all the buzz about the Myers’s cocktail and IV vitamin therapy as a whole, many of our patients often ask what a Myers’ IV cocktail is and what makes it so delicious for our bodies. In this article, I am going to break it down so you can understand what it is, why it is growing in popularity, and why we think it is beneficial for so many different types of patients.
What is a Myers’ IV cocktail?
A Myers’ IV cocktail, also known as a Myer’s cocktail, is a special blend of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are combined together and administered by a medical practitioner. The Myers’ cocktail was first formulated in the 1960s by Dr. John Myers, MD, a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. A pioneer in his time, Dr. Myers used his own combination of intravenous nutrients and vitamins to treat a variety of conditions including fatigue, depression, and certain types of infections. Because his approach was so new at the time, he first tested it on animals and himself before finally administering it to patients.
Unfortunately, Dr. Myers never disclosed the exact original recipe before he died in 1984. Fortunately, his successor, Dr. Alan Gaby came along with an interest in his work and created his own version of the Myers’ IV cocktail. It’s been almost 15 years since then and, from Dr. Gaby’s starting point, numerous variations of the Myers’ cocktail have popped up across the country.
Myers’ cocktail – why IV?
A Myers’ IV cocktail is administered intravenously, or IV. What that means is that a needle is inserted into a vein in your arm and the cocktail is pushed into your bloodstream directly. While this sounds scary, it is actually quite painless. In fact, many people report feeling relaxed as the replenishing nutrients fill their body.
Does it really matter that the ingredients in a Myers’ cocktail are delivered IV? In our opinion, it does. First of all, many people cannot swallow pills easily. Even if they can, some people have trouble breaking down and absorbing the contents of pills because their digestive systems do not have the capability to do so. And, when people are able to take pills, it is not uncommon to experience side effects like stomach irritation or loose stools from the ingredients themselves.
In contrast, by delivering nutrients and minerals directly into the bloodstream, a Myers’ IV cocktail gets the nutrients right to where they need to be absorbed – the cells. By bathing the cells in these vitamins and minerals, we can optimize our chances that these important nutrients will get to where they need to go in the body. For example, people who receive an IV form of Vitamin C have been seen to have Vitamin C levels significantly higher than those who take oral vitamin C supplements.
What are conditions that a Myers’ cocktail might help with?
People get the Myers’ cocktail for a number of reasons and everyone’s experience with it is personal and different. Some people notice less inflammation after receiving the Myers’ cocktail and get it to help with fatigue, muscle aches, fibromyalgia, asthma and allergies.
Many illnesses stem from digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, indigestion, and food sensitivities that can inhibit the absorption of nutrients. The Myers’ IV cocktail may be beneficial for patients who have a dysfunction with their stomach or intestines or leaky gut syndrome as well as people who have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. The IV delivery of vitamins and minerals helps alleviate any malabsorption that occurs as a result of a poorly functioning digestive system.
Several ingredients in the Myers’ cocktail are thought to help with mood and mind stabilization. We see people who state that the Myers’ IV helps improve their migraines, anxiety and depression, insomnia and mood swings. These effects can vary, particularly depending on the concentration of B vitamins and magnesium that your particular practitioner uses.
Finally, many people also feel that the Myers’ cocktail helps boost their immune systems and often get it during or after a cold or the flu.
What ingredients are in a Myers’ IV cocktail?
A number of versions of the Myers’ cocktail are used today based on a medical practitioner’s personal experience and, in some instances, their specific goals with a patient. The most common ingredients you’ll find in a Myers’ cocktail are various combinations of amino acids, B vitamins, Vitamin C, and glutathione. In most cases, the ingredients are all suitable for vegans as they are synthetically made in a lab.
Here are some key functions of the different types of ingredients in the body:
- Involved in over 300 metabolic reactions.
- Helps with energy production, bone formation, and nerve conduction.
- Helps with sleep, anxiety, migraines, and headaches.
- Helps lower blood pressure.
- Decreases inflammation.
- Helps with muscle relaxation.
- Alcoholism, diabetes, and diuretics can lower levels of Magnesium
- Builds strong bones.
- Supports nerve and muscle function.
- Helps your body assimilate Vitamin D.
- Helps with stress, depression, and other mood issues.
- Helps with individuals who have methylation defects (MTHFR).
- Supports healthy digestion.
- Prevents B12 deficiency in vegan/vegetarian diets.
- Supports nervous system.
- Increases energy.
- Improves memory and learning abilities.
- Helps with brain health.
- B12 deficiency results in anemia, fatigue, and neurologic issues.
- Improves mood.
- Promotes normal red blood cell formation.
- Helps build resistance to stress and enhances mood.
- Helps in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, heme, and vitamin B3.
- Helps with low immune function.
- Supports cognition and memory.
- Treats PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) symptoms by balancing hormones.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Alcoholism, diuretics, and hormone therapy can cause low levels.
- Deficiency can result in neurologic issues (depression, irritability, seizures), inflammation, impaired immunity and increased homocysteine.
- Stimulates healing.
- Supports adrenal glands and alleviates stress.
- Relieves allergies.
- Treats fatigue.
- Enhances cholinergic function, reduces loss of memory.
- B5 reduces serum triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels and increases HDL levels.
- Improves symptoms of osteoarthritis.
- Supports nervous system and memory.
- Helps with healthy skin and nails.
- Powerful antioxidant and used in the regeneration of other antioxidants.
- Involved in healthy cholesterol metabolism.
- Helps in the proper production and function of white blood cells, antibodies, and synthesis of norephinephrine and carnitine.
- Boosts immune function.
- Supports adrenal function.
- Helps in the formation of collagen in connective tissue, prevent wrinkling.
- Reduces allergies.
- Helps with intestinal absorption of water soluble vitamins.
- Promotes healthy capillaries, gums, and teeth.
- Helps with wound healing.
- Birth control pills, aspirin, diuretics and NSAIDs can cause lowered vitamin C levels.
- Deficiency can result in swollen gums, poor dental health, scurvy, and increased risk of infection.
- The “mother antioxidant”.
- Helps with oxidative stress.
- Supports your body’s detoxification pathways.
- Plays a key role in antioxidant pathways.
- High fat diets, smoking, alcoholism, acetaminopehn use, toxic exposure and heavy metals can lower levels.
- Deficiency can result in oxidative stress and damage, low immunity, and increased risk of chronic illness.
What is it like to get a Myers’ IV cocktail?
Myers’ IV cocktails are administered either via a process called an IV push, or injection, or as part of an IV drip. A Myers’ IV push takes about 15 minutes to complete. If the Myers’ IV is part of an IV drip, the entire process takes about 30 minutes to complete.
At Accesa Health, we administer an IV push as it is faster and enables us to customize delivery of the Myers’ ingredients to each patient. To perform an IV push, the medical provider has to insert a small needle (sometimes called a butterfly needle) into the patient’s forearm. This is mostly painless and the needle is secured to the forearm. Then, the Myers’ cocktail is slowly pushed manually through the tubing and into the forearm using a syringe. Once the push is complete, the needle is removed and a simple bandage is applied.
In contrast to an IV push, an IV drip is administered through a small piece of medical tubing called an angiocather along with a IV bag. The IV bag is set up and runs over a period of time until it is empty, at which time the angiocatheter is removed.
People have various types of experiences while receiving a Myers’ cocktail. Some people notice a general sense of well-being. Other people receiving a Myers’ cocktail report feeling a flush of heat in their chest, pelvis or throat areas which typically occurs because the magnesium in the Myers’ cocktail is relaxing blood vessels throughout the body. In many cases, people will report smelling or tasting vitamins during the injections. These sensations are normal and generally fade within 10 minutes after receiving the Myers’ cocktail. There are no major side effects from the injection itself other than slight local redness to your forearm where the needle was inserted.
What should I expect after receiving a Myers’ IV cocktail?
After the Myers’ cocktail, some people feel a little dizzy or lightheaded for a few minutes. This is normal and is one of the reasons we recommend drinking plenty of water before and after receiving a Myers’ cocktail. Also, do not be surprised if your urine changes color as the vitamins pass through your body!
Most Myers’ cocktails are loaded with B vitamins. Many people experience surges of energy after receiving B vitamin injections and it is one of the reasons that some people prefer getting their IV Myers’ cocktail earlier in the day to avoid sleep disturbances or insomnia.
The day after receiving the cocktail, many patients report feeling more energy and rejuvenated with a better overall mood. Some report that they have an easier time focusing on daily tasks. Depending on your baseline nutritional status, these symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.
If you never received a Myers’ cocktail before, it’s recommended to start them on a weekly basis for one month. After the first month, you can definitely keep going with them weekly or switch to once or twice a month (depending on how you feel). There are different lab tests for nutrient deficiencies that you can get that might help you find the optimal schedule for you.
Who should get a Myers’ cocktail?
Some people think that only people who are having a current health issue should get a Myers’ cocktail. While it can be helpful for people sick with the flu or who are having chronic issues like depression, allergies, and asthma, the Myers’ IV is also great for ongoing maintenance and prevention.
Recently, Myers’ cocktails have become more popular as a way to bounce back more quickly from a hangover. During a night of partying, our body often gets dehydrated and, in the process, uses up our stores of vitamins and minerals. An IV cocktail can be a good way to accelerate replenishing your body’s needs after a rough night.
The Myers’ IV cocktail has become increasingly popular with amateur and professional athletes. Many athletes are starting to get the Myers’ cocktail prior to races and competitions to help boost their energy and quicken their healing time. Additionally, wrestlers, martial artists and bodybuilding competitors find the quick hydration and nutritional boost from a Myers’ helps improve recovery.
The Myers’ cocktail is also favored by people who are in environments where it is easier to get sick. For example, people who travel frequently are often in closed airplanes with other sick people and are at a higher risk of catching a cold. The Myers’ cocktail is a way to boost the immune system and help prevent an illness before it starts.
Where can I get an IV Myers’ cocktail?
Although it is slowly becoming more mainstream, it is not always easy to find a place that offers a quality Myers’ cocktail experience. We would definitely recommend going to a place that has licensed medical professionals who have a lot of experience with the Myers’ cocktail, are well-trained with administering IVs and managing any mild side effects that you might infrequently have. If you live in the LA area, definitely feel free to visit us at Accesa Health in Torrance to get yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or feedback. Wishing you great health!