Should You Try Getting Your Vitamins Through an IV?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

The Claim: "Detoxing" with an intravenous drip of vitamins can fight fatigue or nix the effects of that extra drink last night. The theory: You'll absorb the nutrients better this way than if you get them from food.

Oz Says: No way! The only time you should have an IV drip is if you're going through a real medical problem. (A hangover doesn't count.) If you're not, IVs are overkill, especially because they bring with them a risk of bleeding, infection, and blood clots, says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale-Griffen Prevention Research Center. "Those chances are small, which is why we don't hesitate to put in IVs when it's important. But even a small risk is too big if there isn't a real reason to do a procedure in the first place."

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The Verdict: Skip it!

This story originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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