What Is Amino Acid IV Therapy?

Jenna Hilton
June 29, 2022

Amino acids are compounds that help our bodies build proteins. They are responsible for various bodily functions, including muscle growth, tissue repair, and hormone synthesis.

Our bodies use twenty amino acids, nine of which need to be supplied through food because we can’t synthesize them on our own. Many people suffer from amino acid deficiencies because of an inadequate diet. Since our bodies absorb nutrients faster via intravenous fluids, amino acid IV therapy can be an efficient way to replenish amino acids and improve our health.

This article explains how amino acid IV therapy works and what benefits to expect.

Amino acid IV therapy

Note: Learn more about the different types of IV fluids and what they are used for.

What Is Amino Acid IV Therapy?

Amino acid IV therapy is an intravenous therapy in which amino acids are administered directly into the blood. Bypassing the digestive system enables the high and quick absorption of these essential nutrients.

The therapy may benefit patients who experience a lack of energy and cognitive focus, especially those who are physically active.

Note: Learn more about what is IV therapy and how it works.

Amino Acids Included in Amino Acid IV Therapy

Medical providers use different amino acid solutions in IV therapy depending on their patients’ needs. Here is a list of amino acids commonly used in IV drip treatments.

  • Glutamine - Helps maintain and repair the intestinal tract, maintains immune cells, and supports muscle growth.
  • Arginine – Dilates blood vessels and enhances blood flow, improving heart function.
  • Carnitine – Aids in fat metabolism and promotes muscle growth.
  • Lysine – Helps convert fat into energy, lowers cholesterol levels, and aids collagen production.
  • Taurine – Supports nerve growth and maintains heart and brain health.
  • Alanine – Helps the body use sugars and strengthens the immune system.
  • Histidine – Aids the production of histamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating digestion, sexual function, and immune response. It also has a role in blood cell production and protects nerve cells.
  • Isoleucine – Promotes muscle growth and repair and helps produce hemoglobin.
  • Leucine – Helps repair muscles and heal wounds, and regulates blood sugar levels.
  • Methionine – Supports metabolic function and plays a significant role in removing toxins from the body.
  • Phenylalanine – Converts into another amino acid, tyrosine, which helps synthesize mood-enhancing neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.
  • Tryptophan – Takes part in the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which improves mood, sleep, and appetite.
  • Valine – Stimulates muscle growth and increases energy.
  • Threonine – Helps synthesize collagen and elastin, maintaining skin and connective tissue health.
  • Glycine – Aids in collagen production and supports the health of the central nervous system.

Amino Acid IV Therapy Benefits

Amino acids have an indispensable role in our bodies. They assist in various bodily functions and are required for optimal health. While most amino acids we use come from our diet, amino acid IV therapy can be a great way to fill in the gaps.

Here we list some of the most important benefits of amino acid IV therapy.

Muscle and Tissue Growth and Repair

Many amino acids help build muscles and repair damaged tissues, especially leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They are particularly beneficial for athletes, who can take them before and after sports events to increase strength and endurance and quicken recovery after an injury.

Note: Specially designed IV drips for athletes boost performance and speed up recovery. Read our blog post IV Therapy for Athletic Performance to find out more.

Enhanced Mental Clarity and Improved Mood

Amino acids convert to neurotransmitters, helping maintain optimal energy levels, mood, and cognitive performance. Tyrosine, tryptophan, and phenylalanine play a significant role in alleviating anxiety and depression, while leucine, isoleucine, and valine help maintain cognitive function.

Increased Energy

Amino acids stimulate the conversion of fat into energy, build muscle, and decrease muscle fatigue. These benefits are particularly useful for athletes, who strain their bodies and sweat excessively, depleting their bodies of essential nutrients.

Improved Heart Function

Amino acids help maintain a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, and maintaining healthy nerves.

Boosted Hydration

Dehydration is common after intense workouts, alcohol abuse, and high stress. Amino acid IV therapy efficiently rehydrates the body. Amino acids such as glutamine, alanine, and glycine help transport sodium, an electrolyte that delivers water to cells.

Better Skin, Nails, and Hair

Amino acids lysine, glycine, and proline help produce of collagen, the essential building block of skin and bones. Regular amino acid IV therapy sessions support hair loss prevention, strengthen nails, and keep the skin firm and supple.

Note: Learn how IV therapy helps maintain glowing skin.


Amino acid IV therapy is a quick and efficient way to improve one’s general well-being and replenish lost amino acids after a high-intensity workout or stressful event.

Find an experienced medical professional who will advise you on the optimal frequency of IV therapy sessions to maximize the treatment results.

Jenna Hilton
Jenna Hilton has been a practicing PA since 2009, specializing in Family, Internal Medicine and Medical Aesthetics. She attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree and graduated magna cum laude. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University.

Jenna has been injecting neurotoxin and dermal filler since 2013. She received certification as a Master Injector in 2017 through Empire Medical in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on a Fellowship Program in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Her special interests include use of PLLA, Ablative/Non ablative skin resurfacing, PDO threads, hormone therapy and nutritional therapies to improve cellular regeneration and medically supervised weight loss.

Jenna Hilton believes in a multi-factorial approach, considering internal factors that accelerate aging and disease development. She always enjoys teaching. She co-founded Vibrant EDU courses at Vibrant Skin Bar and regularly performs one-on-one training with fellow injectors. She teaches Aesthetic and Advanced Injectable Courses at National Laser Institute. She has been named Preceptor of the Year and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Midwestern University. She was born in Iowa, and lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, AZ.

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