Alternative Medicine San Diego

By Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND- Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark Health IV Program

Are some of your family members or friends sick, or starting to show signs of a weakened immune system? Are you feeling more run-down than usual? Are co-workers fighting off colds or the flu? Do you work in an environment where there is a lot of foot traffic? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, NOW is the time to get an immune boosting IV from Spark Health!

The star nutrients in our “Immune Boost” IV are Vitamin C and Zinc. Zinc and Vitamin C are best utilized by the body at the beginning of an illness. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and great at ramping up our body’s immune system. Zinc is a mineral that is especially helpful in shortening the duration of a cold or flu, as soon as you recognize you might be getting sick.

If you’re already sick, never fear! This IV has vitamins and minerals to help you feel better as soon as possible.

The “Immune Boost” IV includes B complex, which provides important vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and B3 (niacin). These are all required for immune health. B complex also includes vitamin B5 (dexpanthenol) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Vitamin B5 is an important component of the coenzyme that helps our body process nutrients (fats, carbs and protein), giving our bodies the resources to remain strong throughout cold and flu season. 1,3 Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is an important coenzyme in the creation of antibodies and cytokines, which are crucial to immune function. 1 It has been well-researched that vitamin B6 deficiency affects the production of lymphocytes, antibodies and T cells (essential components of our immune system) and supplementation restores their function. 4

The “Immune Boost” IV also contains Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin). Deficiency of this vitamin in humans has been shown in research to decrease lymphocytes and suppress natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells are a type of white blood cell that attack cells infected by viruses. Supplementation of Vitamin B12 reverses these effects, providing us with the defenders necessary to keep us healthy. 1,2

We top the IV off with a hefty dose of glutathione (another powerful antioxidant and antiviral compound) to further support immune health.

We look forward to seeing you here at Spark Health for a immune boosting treatment! You can walk on in any time for an IV or if you are pressed for time just give us a call and we will get your IV bag ready for you when you come in. You can call us at (858)228-4188 or email us at Spark@MySparkHealth.com

~Dr. Larkin & the Spark Team


1. Maggini, et al. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses. British Journal of Nutrition (2007), 98

2.Tamura J, Kubota K, Murakami H, Sawamura M, Matsushima T, Tamura T, Saitoh T, Kurabayashi H & Naruse T (1999) Immunomodulation by vitamin B12: augmentation of CD8þT lymphocytes and natural killer (NK) cell activity in vitamin B12-deficient patients by methyl-B12 treatment. Clin Exp Immunol;16,28 – 32.

3. Institute of Medicine (1998) Dietary reference intakes for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, biotin, and choline. Washington, D.C.: Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press: Chapter 7: VitaminB6, pp.150 – 195.

4. Leklem JE (2001) Vitamin B6. In Handbook of Vitamins, 3rd ed. Chapter10, pp.339 – 396 [RBRucker, JW Suttie, DB McCormick and LJ Machlin, editors]. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.

5. Douglas RM, Hemilä H, D’Souza R, Chalker EB, Treacy B (2004) Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2004: CD000980.pub2.

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