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The Myers’ Cocktail: Gold Standard in IV Nutrition Therapy

Oct 31, 2022 09:31AM ● By Meredith Scannell
One of the most efficient ways to give the body vitamins and nutrients is intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy, which has a quick and maximal absorption capacity and up to 100 percent bioavailability of the nutrients.

The Myers’ Cocktail is one of the gold standards in IV nutrient therapy. Dr. John Myers created the combination of vitamin C, vitamin B complex, magnesium and calcium during the 1960s.  Numerous benefits of these vitamins and minerals have been demonstrated. Vitamin C is one of the only proven techniques for boosting the immune system and helps with bone health and skin renewal. Multiple B vitamins are combined to form vitamin B complex, which helps with energy, red blood cell production and blood sugar control. Magnesium benefits include bone health, muscle cramps and heart health. Calcium helps with muscles and bone health.

Established benefits of the Myers’ Cocktail have been found to improve symptoms of certain medical conditions including asthma, depression, allergies, migraines and fibromyalgia. Vitamin deficiencies can occur in persons with chronic diseases, especially those that cause malabsorption problems, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or conditions related to post-gastrointestinal surgery. Intravenous therapy provides a different approach that aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals that might otherwise not be fully absorbed when taken orally. Another benefit of an infusion of Myers’ Cocktail is hydration, as most infusions are either with 500 millileters (ml) or 1,000 ml of an IV solution.

These treatments assist with other areas of wellness in addition to just addressing symptoms. The infusion can help athletes perform better and recover more quickly. Moreover, it can boost immunity for travelers that want to avoid becoming sick, or combat jet lag and exhaustion after travel.

Typical treatment consists of the placement of a small intravenous catheter in the arm or hand. The Myers’ Cocktail is supplied by a pharmaceutical company and then reconstituted into a 500 ml or 1,000 ml bag of normal saline. To prevent a reaction, the infusion frequently begins slowly and gradually increases over the course of 30 to 60 minutes.

Recommended treatment often depends on the individual. Those seeking to enhance their current state may benefit from an infusion once every four to six weeks. Individuals that need symptom relief will benefit from a weekly infusion until symptoms improve.

Most infusion risks are associated with catheter installation, which might result in bruising or redness. The chance of a severe reaction to the vitamins and minerals themselves is very small, as people are generally exposed to these substances through their diet. People with a history of cardiac or renal problems may not be suitable candidates for infusions because they may not be able to tolerate the number of fluids. IV infusions are often offered as wellness treatments in health and wellness spas; an established healthcare provider should be on hand to oversee treatments, making intravenous nutrients a safe and effective way to enhance one’s health.

Dr. Meredith Scannell, owner of Ivy Drip Bar and Wellness Center, in Belmont, has been in the healthcare industry for 35 years. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing and has a strong background in supporting women’s health as an advanced practice nurse and certified nurse midwife. Location: 7 Brighton St., Belmont, MA. For more information and a free consultation, call/text 617-221-5070 or visit