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Vitamin intravenous (IV) drips are becoming increasingly popular in Mzansti.

Many are using vitamin IV drips to apparently boost energy levels, immune systems and skincare.

The drips costs anything between R999 and R2999, and are used by a range of celebrities, according to Business Insider SA.

However, registered dietitian Retha Booyens says vitamin IV drips are a risky business.

Booyens is the spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (Adsa).

She warns that the vitamin IV drips pose risks for bacterial infections, toxication, kidney stones and other medical consequences.

According to Booyens, the IV therapy is a drastic measure.

Instead, she encourages people to get their necessary vitamins the old school way - through a healthy diet.

Rather take the money and spend it on eating healthy.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

There's a lot of things to consider before you take something as risky as an IV vitamin drip.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

If it's the last line of defence for someone who is ill in hospital, it should be the last line of defence for getting in vitamins.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

Extra vitamin C poses the risk of kidney stones.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why the vitamin IV drip isn't a great idea for 'boosting energy'

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