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IV Nutrition: The B Vitamins

At Amethyst Wellness, we offer IV Nutrition therapy to prevent and treat a variety of ailments. This article will spotlight the B Vitamins.

Most of the B vitamins work in a synergistic effect, meaning they work better when given in combination. Many of our IV Nutrition formulas contain B complex: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6. Vitamins B7 and B12 may be added or given separately.


Vitamin B1 Thiamine

Thiamine is especially important for protecting the brain from inflammation.  It is a standard treatment for people who drink alcohol and also can help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Thiamine is important for energy metabolism and enables the body to use carbohydrates as energy. It plays a key role in nerve, muscle, and heart function. B1 boosts the body’s ability to make Glutathione, the most powerful anti-oxidant in the body.


Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

Riboflavin is needed for growth and overall good health. It helps the body break down macronutrients to produce energy, and it allows oxygen to be used by the body. Riboflavin is also used for the development and function of the skin, and other vital organs. It is also important for Glutathione production.


Vitamin B3 Niacinamide/Niacin

Niacin is necessary for your body to produce Serotonin, NAD and Melatonin. This may be helpful for people who are prone to depression. Vitamin B3 helps maintain brain function and improve mood. It also improves metabolism and protects skin from antioxidant damage. Vitamin B3 decreases inflammation and helps control cholesterol levels.


Vitamin B5 Dexpanthenol or Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B5 helps to get energy substrates into the Mitochondria. This is essential for the synthesis and breakdown of carbohydrates and fatty acids.  It also helps the body convert food into energy.


Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6 can improve mood, promote brain health and help with nausea. It helps the body produce hemoglobin which may improve anemia. Vitamin B6 can also alleviate symptoms related to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).


Vitamin B7 Biotin

Biotin promotes healthy skin hair and nails. It also helps with energy and research has shown that it can slow the progression of Multiple Sclerosis.


Vitamin B12 Cobalamin

Vitamin B12 can boost energy, help with metabolism and blood cell formation. It’s important for mood and healthy eyesight. It’s needed for the production of serotonin and decreases inflammation. Vitamin B12 is a vital treatment for elevation in homocysteine levels which can promote inflammation and disease. B12 helps also helps treat and prevent nerve pain.

Most dietary sources of B12 are in animal products. Therefore, it is essential that anyone adhering to a vegetarian or vegan diet, take a supplemental form of B12.


There are 3 forms of Vitamin B12: Cyanocobalamin, Hydroxocobalamin, and Methylcobalamin.

Methylcobalamin is most active form. Many individuals have genetic defects in their methylation pathways, making it difficult to convert B12 to its metabolically active form. Methycobalamin is already methylated, allowing the body to use it right away. Methylcobalamin is best for people who are tired and suffering from fatigue.

Hydroxocobalamin is the most stable form and is also often used in naturopathic medicine. Hydroxocobalamin is ready to use. It is not excreted for 8-24 hours. This is why it is called long acting B12. Hydroxocobalamin picks up a Methyl group so that not as many Catecholamine’s are produced. It is better for relaxing a person (This is found in our MIC injections.)

Cyanocobalamin is the form of B12 covered by most insurance companies. This form of B12 carries a Cyanide group with it. The cyanide must be eliminated from the body before the remaining B12 can be useful.


There are many benefits to adding the B vitamins to your wellness regimen. The IV (intravenous) formulations allow for immediate absorption into the bloodstream. Many times oral formulations are beneficial as well. Which formulation is best for you? Call for your consultation today: 386-283-4180.


Here’s to your health

Dr. Amy

(Article co-written by Jerald Coopersmith, MSN/ARNP)

Dr. Amy Coopersmith

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