By Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND – Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark IV Program
One of our most popular full-size vitamin IVs is our “Energize” IV. This vitamin IV is a fantastic choice for athletes and is packed full of nutrients to help nourish the body, prevent cellular damage, and rebuild muscle.
Exercise significantly increases micronutrient needs, since working out makes all of the body’s metabolic processes work harder and faster. Some of the most common micronutrients that are deficient in athletes include magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, and B vitamins. Our goal is to replete as many of these nutrients as quickly as possible using IV nutrient therapy. IV nutrient therapy offers these nutrients at 100% bioavailability. The nutrients go directly into the vein, bypassing the digestive tract and preventing the need for the body to process the nutrients before delivering them to target tissues.
Let’s talk about some of the star nutrients in this vitamin IV:
Taurine is a superstar when it comes to supporting the muscle tissue. It is found in large amounts in the skeletal muscle and is critical for maintaining the proper force needed for muscle contraction. It is also a known antioxidant and has been shown in research to prevent the pro-oxidant effects of exercise, making it great for athletes. (3) Taurine is well-supported in research as being protective for the cardiovascular system, and also has the ability to stimulate the GABA receptor, which helps promote relaxation and improves sleep. Sleeping better at night means more energy and enhanced performance during the day!
Taurine can also help increase your endurance as an athlete. It has been shown in research that just 7 days of taurine supplementation induced significant increases in VO2 max and cycle ergometer exercise time to exhaustion, likely due to taurine’s superior antioxidant activity and its ability to improve cellular protection. (2)
L-carnitine is well-known for optimizing the function of mitochondria, our body’s tiny energy-producing machines which are located in all of our cells. Our muscles are packed full of these tiny energy machines, so when these are working optimally, we perform at our best.
L-carnitine is also known to support our nerves, brain, and heart. It is an important building block for certain neurotransmitters that are needed for optimal cognitive functioning. (1)
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are the building blocks for muscle, so it is no wonder that they are crucial for athletic performance. These amino acids are important for supporting the body’s biochemical processes, decreasing fatigue during physical activity, and improving muscle recovery.
There are two varieties of amino acids: essential and non-essential. Essential amino acids can’t be made in the body, so we must get them through food or supplementation. Although we can synthesize non-essential amino acids ourselves, we are often depleted of them. For these reasons, we add a generous dose of amino acids to our “Energize” Vitamin IV.
The “Energize” vitamin IV contains B1 (thiamine), which is an important coenzyme for the metabolism of carbohydrates and branched-chain amino acids. Athletes are also susceptible to deficiency of B2 (riboflavin), so we also add a generous dose of that to this IV. B5 (dexpanthenol) is a component of the coenzymes that help our body process the nutrients we use for fuel (such as fats, carbs, and protein).
Magnesium is one of the minerals that are commonly deficient in athletes. Magnesium is crucial for energy production as well as for muscle contraction and relaxation.
Vitamin C is essential for preventing free radical damage to tissues. Even though working out is a healthful practice, it does create some inflammation in the body. Much like taurine, vitamin C works as an antioxidant to help dampen the effects of those pro-oxidants that are created from exercise. Vitamin C is a nutrient necessary for collagen building and muscle repair.
Glutathione is essential to the body for detoxification and promotion of muscle recovery. It also helps to support the immune system, so that we can stick to our health and wellness goals year-round. The body produces its own glutathione but is often very depleted due to the toxins we are exposed to daily. Each full-size vitamin IV at Spark Health comes with a complimentary, generously-dosed push of glutathione.
In summary, the benefits of the Energize IV are as follows:
– Supports adrenal gland function
– Replenishes B vitamins that are depleted during times of stress
– Provides essential amino acids that are the building blocks for energy production
– Increases physical and mental energy and alertness
– Supplies nutrients to maintain energy reserves.
We also offer a smaller version of the Energize IV (complete with taurine and L-carnitine), known as our “Energy Fast Bag”. It’s only $85 and takes 15-20 minutes to drip.
If you are interested in learning more about our IV therapy offerings, call 858-228-4188. We look forward to working with you to achieve your highest expression of health!
If you are interested in learning more about IV Therapy or our different size IVs (Fast Bag IVs or Full Size IVs) that we offer at Spark Health, give us a call at 858-228-4188 or send us an email at Spark@MySparkHealth.com. We look forward to helping you achieve your health goals!
The Spark Health Clinic is conveniently located so we can serve patients in San Diego, and all of North County such as Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway.
The Spark Team
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- Zhang M: Role of taurine supplementation to prevent exercise-induced oxidative stress in healthy young men. Amino Acids. 2004, 26: 203-207.
- Bakker AJ, Berg HM. Effect of taurine on sarcoplasmic reticulum function and force in skinned fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibres of the rat. J Physiol. 2002 Jan;538:185-94.
- Rodriguez, NR. Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Medscape. March 01, 2010.