6 Things You Should Know About Oral Supplements

Many people in the UK take one or more daily dietary supplements. Data from a 2021 survey commissioned by the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) shows that over 71% of adults support their health and wellbeing using various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, probiotics, and other beneficial ingredients such as herbs. These supplements are available in a variety of forms, including oral supplements: tablets, capsules, gummies and sprays, or intravenous (IV) drips and intramuscular (IM) injections. Some methods of delivery are more effective than others of course, but oral supplements are the most accessible and commonly used. 

The same survey reveals that among new users of nutritional supplements, Vitamin D topped the list of ‘most common dietary addition’ at 63%, followed by Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) at 39%. Other popular micronutrient supplements are Vitamin B12, minerals such as iron and zinc, various amino acids, glutathione, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). 61% of users cited their reason for supplementing as for ‘general health and wellbeing’, with 24% claiming it was for vitamin deficiency. Additional reasons include joint health, health optimisation, and immune system support. 

With more and more people choosing to supplement their diets and a larger range of health products on the market – particularly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – it’s of even greater importance that you do your research and choose to purchase good quality vitamins and minerals to consume. Here are a few things you should be aware about when it comes to your oral supplements:

High salt and sugar content 

It really doesn’t help to have large amounts of salt and sugar in oral supplements that are meant to be good for our health. Some fizzy Vitamin C tablets contain more than 1000mg of salt each – that’s 17% of the daily recommended amount for adults! Excessive sodium intake increases risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Sugar is most commonly added to supplements such as chewable vitamins and gummies in the form of glucose syrup, sucrose and dextrose to mask their otherwise unpleasant and bitter taste.

Too much filler

Many manufacturers use talcum powder as a filler to bulk up their oral supplements, meaning the majority of their capsules and tablets contain content that is of no actual nutritional use to your body. The ingredient is often hidden behind its chemical name, magnesium silicate – which, to the untrained eye, seems like just another useful dietary mineral. In fact, low-quality talc can even contain carcinogenic asbestos. Veins of asbestos can often be found in underground talc deposits, so there is a risk of cross-contamination, geologists say.

Inactive vitamin forms

Not all forms of vitamins are equal. Some are easy for your body to absorb effectively, while others aren’t. The better you can absorb a nutrient, the more effective it will be within your body. Unfortunately, less effective forms of vitamins and minerals are generally cheaper to manufacture: thus they easily find their way into many supplements on the market. A prime example of this is cyanocobalamin, an inactive form of Vitamin B12. Active forms of Vitamin B12 include methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin.

Artificial colourings

Titanium dioxide is used to give tablets and the contents of capsules a clean, white colour, suggesting the faux ‘purity’ of oral supplements. The European Commission actually banned the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive earlier this year – due to health concerns regarding its carcinogenic potential. Although it’s still legal in the UK, that doesn’t mean you should be comfortable consuming it.

Poor bioavailability 

Bioavailability is the proportion of a nutrient that is digested, absorbed and metabolised through normal pathways. Bioavailability varies greatly, and is affected by individual factors such as age, sex, digestive issues, medications, certain health conditions and more. Oral supplements have significantly poorer bioavailability compared to intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) supplements, which are administered via infusion and injection. IV Drips and IM Booster Shot Injections are 100% bioavailable, since they are delivered directly into the bloodstream.

Potential health interactions

It’s way too easy to overdo it with oral supplements, especially with how easy they are to purchase in any pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Whether it’s taking too much in one go or taking them more frequently than you should, many people are guilty of not following the recommended dosage instructions, which could lead to negative side effects. Supplements may interact with other medications you’re taking, pose health risks if you have certain medical conditions, and produce adverse effects if you have recently had (or are due for) surgery. Be sure to talk to a medical professional about your medical history, concerns and goals before choosing to supplement. Get A Drip offers a free consultation service with our medical staff for this reason.

To conclude…

In summary, oral nutritional supplements can bring about health benefits: providing they are of good quality and used appropriately according to your individual needs. We strongly recommend that you do your research about the oral supplements you take, and perhaps consider alternative methods of supplementation such as IV Drips and Booster Shot Injections. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure of what exactly is on the labels of your vitamin and mineral bottles, and talk to a health professional for additional guidance.

What’s So Great About CBD Patches?

What’s So Great About CBD Patches?

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Searching ‘CBD supplements’ on your typical high street health store website returns an abundance of results. Just the first page covers a number of products ranging from gel capsules to flavoured gummies, sprays to oils, and balms to bath salts. CBD-infused snacks and drinks are very popular too! 

With cannabidiol (CBD) becoming more and more widely available in so many different forms, what’s available on the market can seem a bit overwhelming, especially when you aren’t that well versed in all the various ways you can supplement with CBD. 

In this blog, we are going to focus on CBD patches and their unique benefits, compared to other delivery methods such as capsules and tinctures. Although a patch might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about CBD, this category of CBD products has rocketed in popularity recently, and for good reason too.

How do CBD patches work?

CBD patches are transdermal patches that slowly release CBD into the bloodstream through the skin. The transdermal method delivers CBD quickly to the local area around the patch. From there, it works its way into the bloodstream directly, bypassing the digestive system.

High bioavailability 

When people take CBD orally – in the form of capsules or gummies, for example – the compound must first pass through the digestive system. The body may then use it, break it down, or even simply excrete it as waste. As such, much of an oral CBD dose is lost via its journey through the digestive system, i.e. the bioavailability of oral CBD is rather poor. Due to the low bioavailability of oral supplements, you are hardly absorbing any CBD from supplementing this way and probably won’t feel any noticeable benefits.

A transdermal patch applies the CBD directly to the skin, which absorbs it and allows it to enter the bloodstream directly. This delivery method allows the CBD to bypass the digestive system altogether, massively increasing the bioavailability of the product when compared to oral supplements.

Control over dosage

To personalise your dose of CBD, you can simply cut up a patch into smaller ones! Also, when it comes to local pain relief, CBD patches work best when applied as close to the painful area as possible. Thus, if you have more than one area of pain that you’re looking to target with CBD, you can cut one patch into however many smaller ones you require and apply these to the affected areas of your body. In this way, CBD patches are effective but affordable too, with no product wastage.

Another advantage of CBD patches is that they are very well tolerated by the body, regardless of how high strength they are. Even if you ignore the directions for use (we don’t recommend doing this!) and plaster yourself with patches from head to toe; your body is able to absorb only what it needs from the patches, so you’ll never absorb excess amounts. 

Slow release

Instead of dumping a lump sum of CBD into your body all at once, transdermal CBD patches provide a continuous delayed release of the substance into your bloodstream over time, providing you with 24-hour support while you get on with your everyday life. This slow and steady release facilitates a much more balanced approach to CBD supplementation, which works over the course of your entire day, including while you are asleep – there is no need to reapply throughout the day, like you would have to do with topical creams and balms.

Some people may experience a mild headache after trying a new CBD supplement – this means that they have taken too large a dose, too soon. Due to the unique slow release nature of CBD patches, this side effect can be avoided altogether when using patches.

Easy and discreet

CBD patches tend to be fully waterproof and are incredibly straightforward to apply to your skin. Once you have applied a patch, you will probably forget that it is even there! Taking showers, going swimming, and sweating at the gym are absolutely fine to do while you are wearing a patch, and you don’t have to worry about taking your CBD with you on the go for reapplication.

Get A Drip’s CBD Patches are also hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten free and 100% organic to help minimise the chance of any skin irritation occurring due to their use. 

Summary 

For many people, CBD patches are a great alternative method of delivering CBD to the body that allows for more balanced, controlled, and longer lasting benefits. Some people prefer to combine their use of CBD patches with other CBD products to maximise their useful effects on one’s overall health and wellbeing.

While using CBD patches for pain, inflammation, mood, and sleep can be effective and provide symptomatic relief, anyone with ongoing health issues such as chronic pain or depression should work closely with their GP to help address the underlying cause of the problem.

Additionally, it’s important to note that CBD may interact with certain medications, so it’s always a good idea to discuss your use of CBD products with a healthcare professional before taking them so that they can check for any potential contraindications.

Get A Drip offers high strength pure isolate CBD Patches in both 24mg and 50mg dosages. 

We also offer a soothing CBD Cream, suitable for aching joints and muscles.


Take advantage of our current 20% off CBD promotion, valid on all in-store and online CBD products! To redeem online, visit our online shop and enter the code ‘CBD20’ at checkout!

Alpha-Lipoic Acid – The Universal Antioxidant

Alpha-Lipoic Acid – The Universal Antioxidant

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a naturally occurring compound that’s made in the body. It’s essential for vital functions and reactions at a cellular level, where it helps convert nutrients into energy for your system to use, and aids in preventing damage to your cells caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. 

Also known as Thioctic Acid or Lipoic Acid, be careful not to confuse ALA with Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is a completely different micronutrient: an Omega-3 fatty acid found in nuts and seeds.

What Are Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress?

Free radicals are atoms with one or more unpaired electrons floating around them. An atom wandering around with free electrons is going to want to bond them up by easily reacting with other things, thus getting rid of them. However, by reacting with other atoms or molecules, free radicals can often set off large chain reactions. These reactions are known as oxidation.

Antioxidants can combat the oxidising effect of free radicals by absorbing harmful by-products of the reactions they cause, and cutting off chain reactions. This is called reduction.

Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between the prevalence of free radicals and antioxidants in your body. Such an imbalance can cause damage to vital molecules in your cells, including your DNA, proteins, and fatty tissues. This damage can cause cell malfunction or cell death, increasing the risk of developing various types of potential medical conditions over time. These may include:

  • Chronic inflammation and pain
  • Diabetes
  • Premature ageing
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Neurodegenerative diseases e.g. Alzheimer’s 
  • Cancer

Oxidative stress can be exacerbated by several factors, such as: poor diet, alcohol, stress, illness, pollution, age, and even too much exercise.

This is where antioxidants such as ALA come to the rescue.

The Universal Antioxidant

ALA is unique, because it produces its antioxidative effects in both water-based and fat-based environments. This means that ALA, being present in all of your cells, is effective throughout the entire body – unlike other antioxidants that are only soluble in either water (e.g. Vitamin C) or in fatty tissues (e.g. Vitamin E). 

Another important role of ALA is that it participates in the regeneration and recycling of other antioxidants in the body, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Glutathione, supporting its reduction (the opposite of oxidation) potential.

Due to these powerful properties, ALA has been dubbed the ‘universal antioxidant’ by scientists, researchers and nutritionists across the globe. 

How Can I Benefit From Taking Alpha-Lipoic Acid?

ALA’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects can help support areas such as:

  • Brain function
  • Nervous system
  • Muscle recovery
  • Cardiovascular (heart) health

Several studies have been conducted investigating the effects of ALA on nervous health and blood sugar regulation – particularly for research into diabetes management. In fact, since 1966, ALA has been approved in Germany as a non-prescription pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy – nerve damage that can include numbness, pins and needles and weakness, particularly in the extremities (peripheral neuropathy).

To Conclude…

If you’ve made it to the end of this blog article, you’ll have realised that Alpha-Lipoic Acid has been criminally underrated in the mainstream supplements market. Fortunately, the ‘universal antioxidant’ has been growing in popularity during recent years, supported by a continually growing body of scientific research, highlighting its powerful properties as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

As always, antioxidant supplements should never be used to replace a healthy, varied and antioxidant-rich diet (lots of fruits, vegetables and legumes!), or conventional medical care. But if you are looking to support your overall wellbeing and maintain well-rounded nutrition – Alpha-Lipoic Acid is well worth adding to your supplement regime.

Get A Drip’s Alpha-Lipoic Acid Drip delivers an intravenous (IV) dose of ALA into your system safely and effectively.

We are currently offering an exciting 40% off this service until 25th May 2022! 

To make a booking, click here or give us a call on 020 3441 9096.

Hay Fever – How can Vitamins & Minerals help?

Hay Fever – How can Vitamins & Minerals help?

Spring has truly sprung now, but with it blooms the beginning of hay fever season…
Seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and a blocked nose occur when your body releases histamine in response to an allergen – in this case, pollen. While antihistamine tablets can help curb these irritating symptoms, they can also cause unwanted side effects: most commonly drowsiness, as well as dryness of the eyes and mouth. No one wants to feel like a sleepy desert!


Luckily for us seasonal sufferers, there is a lot of anecdotal advice on supplements that could help aid hay fever relief. These supplements don’t cause any adverse side effects when used within recommended dosage ranges. In fact, they provide the body with an array of extra beneficial effects, supporting additional areas of your wellbeing such as sleep, energy levels, hair health, detoxification, and mood.

Vitamin C – A Natural Antihistamine

Vitamin C, otherwise known as Ascorbic Acid, can work as a natural antihistamine by effectively reducing the total amount of histamine your body produces:
Lower histamine levels = improved hay fever symptoms!
Vitamin C also contributes to the protection of your cells from oxidative stress caused by inflammation due to repeated coughing and sneezing. On top of that, this essential vitamin has a whole range of other key health benefits, contributing to:

  • Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Increased iron absorption
  • Normal function of the immune system
  • Normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • Normal collagen formation

…and so much more, especially in higher doses!


Get A Drip offers intravenous Vitamin C included in our MultiVit Drip, Immunity Drip, Detox and Double Detox Drips. You can even opt for additional doses of Vitamin C with any service as an IV Drip Extra!


Importantly, we also offer extra effective High Dose Vitamin C IV Drips, available in three different strengths.
To book your free consultation or Vitamin C Drip, click here.