06 Jun '12, 7pm

Vitamin IV drips: Latest celebrity trend offers no health benefits

Vitamin IV drips: Latest celebrity trend offers no health benefits

Receiving vitamins through an intravenous drip may be the latest Hollywood health craze, but there's little evidence the practice has any health benefits, experts say. In addition, the invasive, IV method poses more risks than taking vitamins by mouth. Last month, the singer Rihanna tweeted a picture of her arm connected to an IV drip (at right), which apparently delivered a solution of vitamins directly into her vein, according to ABC news . Other celebrities, including Madonna, have also reportedly received vitamins this way. The IV solutions can contain a single vitamin, such as vitamin C, or a cocktail of nutrients, including magnesium, B and C vitamins, experts say. Some people say they feel more "alive" after receiving the infusion, ABC reported. While such drips can be beneficial for people with certain conditions, such as those who have trouble absorbing nutrients ...

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