What is Ozone IV Therapy?
Ozone is an unstable gas consisting of three oxygen molecules. The instability of this molecule causes it to readily break apart and release a single electron (a.k.a. a free radical) in a chemical process known as oxidation. You have probably only heard of oxidation as being bad or harmful. Still, just as with inflammation, only excessive amounts cause degeneration and disease–a little bit is beneficial and necessary for health.
It’s the oxidative property of ozone that makes it a potential therapeutic agent in the body. It does this by promoting increased production of our antioxidants, one of which is glutathione. We call glutathione the “Master Antioxidant” of the body. Glutathione is not only our most potent antioxidant, but it also serves to naturally recycle and restore other antioxidants in our bodies, like vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, alpha-lipoic acid – and the list goes on.
Ozone has no known toxicity to any tissue except for the lungs. Ozone is toxic to the lungs and should not be inhaled.
Another way the oxidation of ozone is beneficial is by destroying pathogens and neutralizing many toxins.
Not only does ozone demolish viruses and directly kill bacteria and fungi, but it also boosts our own immune system to help it fight harder. It does this by stimulating the release of immune system messengers called cytokines and stimulating the production of white blood cells that will respond to the call and join the fight. In this way, ozone helps the body to better fight infections naturally and inhibit tumor growth.
In addition to the above benefits, IV ozone therapy increases the metabolism of red blood cells, allowing each one to carry and release oxygen more efficiently. It also helps to dilate constricted blood vessels, thereby increasing the flow of this newly oxygenated blood into every tissue in the body. More oxygen means each cell can better perform its work, whether it be a muscle cell, brain cell, liver cell, or any other critical cell that you want functioning at its peak.