Master Antioxidant. Intracelluar antioxidant. Chelator of lead, mercury cadmium and arsenic. Lowers oxidative stress in the body. Reduces alcohol induced liver damage. Antiaging “fountain of youth”. Glutathione levels diminish with age. Low-levels are also associated with Parkinsons Disease.
Water soluble. Antioxidant in lower doses and a pro-oxidant, immune booster in higher doses. Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is a co-factor in many enzyme reactions needed for healthy functioning of the body. Humans only obtain Vitamin C through our diets. We do not synthesize it like other animals do. We lost this ability thousanads of years ago. High doses given intravenously yield maximal bioavailability without the side effect of diarrhea that can occur with high oral doses. Glutathione is needed for proper processing.
High dose IV vitamin C, is valuable therapeutically because it has been shown to exert effects similar to prescription antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines and smooth muscle relaxants without many side effects or toxicity. IV Vitamin C treatment can raise blood levels much higher than oral supplementation, while avoiding the common side effect of diarrhea, normally associated with high dose ORAL Vitamin C. High dose Vitamin C infusions are not given in the presence of kidney disease.
Energy metabolism. Alcohol depletes thiamine
Antioxidant and needed for energy metabolism. Deficiency is rare but supplementation may benefit migraine treatment.
Important for maintaining a healthy heart. Helps reduce skin inflammation. Side-effects: flushing, headaches
Critical for energy production and acetylcholine synthesis. Gastro-Intestinal stimulant for post-op ileus. Toxicity = edema
Essential for GABA synthesis (our “relaxing” neurotransmitter), hemoglobin synthesis and protein metabolism. Improves GI problems. Aids the immune system Toxicity = neuropathy, seizures, hypoglycemia, palpitations, and Ca/Mg imbalances that can lead to cramps or cardiac issues.
Natural folate is found in green leafy vegetables and cold-pressed orange juice. (Folic acid is synthetic). Needed for nerve and cell growth and blood cell formation, involved in methylation and homocysteine metabolism. In people with the MTHFR mutation, different forms of folate such as l-methylfolate or folinic acid may be necessary.
Needed for cell growth, nucleoprotein and myelin synthesis – good for fatigue, anemia, neuropathy, depression and memory deficits. Contraindications: cobalt sensitivity, Leber’s disease (optic nerve atropy) Use hydroxycobalamin.