What are Lipotropic Injections?

Lipotoropic Injections are a form of shot that contains vitamins, mineral, amino acids and/or a combination of all that is used to burn fat that is stored in the body.

Lipotropic as defined by dictionary.com is having an affinity for lipids and thus preventing or correcting excess accumulation of fat in the liver.”

The primary purpose of these injections is to help whoever is using them to mobilize fat stores for energy use, especially during a restricted calorie diet. This is a very common practice in medical weight loss clinics in the US. Typically a dieter will go on a 1500 calorie or less diet while simultaneously taking the shots.

One common form of Lipotropic Injections is MIC which stands for Methionine, Inositol and Choline. Each of these nutrients is vital in mobilizing fat stores in the liver and in some cases even improves mood and focus.

Together these nutrients can have a synergistic effect on the person taking them leading to fat loss.

Some formulations include vitamin b12 in the form of Cyanocabalamin. B12 is an essential vitamin for overall health and cannot be manufactured by the human body and is typically consumed by eating meat.

This is why it is not unusual to see those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets suffer from a cobalamin deficiency.

Vitamin B12 can also have a positive effect on mood and energy, especially if the patient is suffering from a B12 deficiency in the 1st place.

In addition, when restricting calories sometimes the patient may not be getting enough nutrition during the day, even if they are not deficient.

Last but not least, people who are taking certain medications can block the absorption of vitamin B12 or reduce stomach (as in the case with antacids) which will impair digestion.

In general, a lipotropic injection is used for a limited time until the person meets his or her weight loss goals. The B12 however can be a regular part of the patient’s regimen since there is mounting evidence that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) may be outdated and too low.

While the FDA has not investigated the fat loss claims these products continue to be used in physicians’ offices and weight loss centers throughout the US in conjunction with a strict diet.

Lipotropic injections, such as MIC injections and the Lipo shot are also available online for those that want to forego the visit to the clinic.

As always, consult with a medical professional before starting any weight loss or fitness program.

My experience buying Lipotropic Injections Online

LipoShot ImageLipotropic Injections are shots that are supposed to be able to break down fats in the body. The definition of lipotropic on Wikipedia is: Lipotropic compounds are those that help catalyse the breakdown of fat during metabolism in the body.

That said, there are a number of these on the market, the Wiki article mentions Choline and Inositol as well as Methionine as three possible lipotropic agents.

On US HCG SHOTS they offer a shot that contains all 3 which they call MIC Injections. They also offer another product that seems similar but contains vitamin B12 (in the form of Cyanocobalamin) on their site.

I decided to go ahead and place an order for the product online to test the service and speed as well as to see what I was getting.

The 1st thing I noticed right away is how easy the site was to navigate. They have FAQ’s, instructions and even product ratings on most of the products. In addition they have an articles section that contains general and specific information about training and some of the products they offer.

Placing the order was simple and straightforward. Go to the product you are interested it; add it to the Cart then checkout. I noticed on their home page they had a coupon code available so I plugged that in on the shopping cart page to get 10% off the product I purchased.

I ended up ordering the 30ML vial of the Lipo shot because it comes with the MIC shot in it as well as the B12 which is good for energy and probably a vitamin everyone should considering supplementing in some form.

I included a picture but the package comes in a standard US Mail box (I used the $6.95 shipping option) and in the box was:

  • 30 injection vial of Lipo Shots
  • 30 syringes
  • Band Aids
  • Alcohol pads
  • Signed packing slip
  • Card with info to go back to the site for injection instructions and phone number

In short, they include everything that is needed to complete the shot program. *The syringes, alcohol wipes and band aids were wrapped together in the bubble wrap.

A couple of things to note, there is a medical form to complete after you have gone through the entire order process, to get the discount you have to put the code in at check out and click “Apply Coupon”.

I was able to call in and ask questions and my call was answered in 2 rings!

Ordering took me around 5 minutes, speaking to someone on the phone was a breeze and I saved $30 on my vial. The best part was that I got my order in just two days.

The image of the package is everything except the packing slip, which I removed for my privacy.

Why Does Vitamin B12 Give Us Energy?

Let’s start this off with a little pearl of wisdom that you should carry through the end of this article and any other articles you read about vitamin B12. There are a ton of marketers out there that want to sell you another few tons of products. The easiest way for a marketer to sell you a product is to either make you want it, or make you afraid not to have it. From energy drinks to injections, a new additive is sweeping across the market in the form of B12. Here is the important part that you will need to remember: B12 is an essential vitamin that does make it possible for your body to turn food into its cellular energy source (ATP), and B12 is vital in the production of your body’s red blood cells (the way that oxygen is carried to every living tissue in your body). Too little B12 is harmful to you, but too much B12 will not help you.

The Basis for the Perception of B12 as an Energy Boosting Supplement

People who do not have sufficient levels of B12 will, in fact, have lower levels of energy. This is usually true because they are suffering from some level of anemia. Without proper levels of B12, the body is not able to keep up with the demand for red blood cells. Your bone marrow is supposed to produce around 2.4 million red blood cells a minute. Without adequate B12, a person can develop anemia. When there are not enough red blood cells, the tissues of the body don’t get the oxygen they need. A person with insufficient B12 can develop symptoms like: fatigue, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations.

People that have a deficiency in B12 will see a marked increase in their energy levels once they have adequate levels of the vitamin in their body. The difference can be dramatic for people who have been dealing with fatigue brought about by a long-term vitamin deficiency. That improvement is what markets point to for a basis on their claims of increased energy and metabolism. The grains of truth in the pitch are that there are people who will benefit from more B12, and B12 is an essential vitamin to the function of the human body.

Why the Hype May or May Not Work Out for You

B12 deficiency is not very common in the developed western world. A standard western diet provides its human with about 5-7 micrograms of B12 on a daily basis. The recommended daily intake of B12 is 2 micrograms a day (unless pregnant, when it goes up to 2.6 micrograms daily). Vegetarians and vegans are susceptible to B12 deficiency unless they supplement their diets with B12, as humans cannot process the forms of B12 that come from plant sources. If your lifestyle choices do not include a diet that includes natural B12, or if you have medical conditions that may make it hard for your body to absorb the vitamin, then B12 may provide the boost of energy that many products claim. Even in those cases, the most effective method for delivery is in the form of an injection.

Consequences of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 is a vital substance for the human body, allowing the body to function correctly. It is naturally present in the standard human diet that includes meats or dairy products. The most common results of b12 deficiency are a reduction in the count of a person’s red blood cells and nerve or brain damage that may become irreversible if left untreated for too long.

Anemia

People with pernicious anemia may not be able to absorb vitamin b12. In pernicious anemia, the stomach does not produce enough intrinsic factor (IF), and IF is what bins to B12 in the body and carries it to the small intestine for the body to absorb. B12 deficiency can also be a cause of pernicious anemia, leading to further B12 deficiency in a patient’s future. B12 deficiency can also hinder the body’s ability to absorb folic acid, making it harder for the body to release energy from food.

Vitamin deficiencies follow a slow progression in most people, and may take years before those that have a vitamin deficiency to notice the affects. Subtle signs will grow in severity over time. B12 is necessary for the bone marrow to produce the millions of red blood cells that it makes every minute. If B12 levels are low, the body cannot keep cranking out the 2.4 million red blood cells that it should be producing every minute, and the overall count of red blood cells drops. Anemia is the condition in which the body does not have sufficient red blood cells to carry enough oxygen to the tissues of the body. The most common symptoms of anemia are usually: fatigue, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations.

Neurological Problems

In 2012, scientists from the Rush University Medical Center released the results of a study they conducted on seniors aged 65 and older. 121 seniors’ blood was checked for B12 and B12 metabolites, and the seniors were also tested on their memories and cognitive skills. After 52 months, the seniors were tested again in the same manner and received an MRI scan to determine any signs of brain damage. Subjects that had four of five B12 deficiency markers showed an increased tendency to test lower on cognitive tests and show smaller brain volumes.

Causes of B12 deficiency

Patients who have autoimmune disorders that attack the lining of the stomach may lack the appropriate intrinsic factor to absorb B12 in the small intestine. In this way, pernicious anemia will cause a deficiency of B12 in the body. Patients with Crohn’s disease or anyone who has had their bowels shortened surgically may have problems absorbing B12 because of the shorter length of the small intestine.

Aside from preexisting medical conditions, there are also lifestyle choices that may lead to a B12 deficiency. Vegans are at risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency unless they choose to eat foods that have been fortified with B12. The human body simply cannot use the plant-based form of the vitamin. Vegans that adhere to a strict diet need to supplement their intake of B12, as it does not occur in a naturally usable form outside of animal products.

The Many Benefits of Vitamin B12 Injections

1 in 31 adults 51 and older have a Vitamin B12 deficiency” Source: Center for Disease control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/b12/

Do I have your attention yet?

A vitamin B12 deficiency can leave you feeling weak, numb or lethargic but do not think that these are the only issues that present themselves when you are deficient of the vitamin for long periods of time.

For instance prolonged deficiency may result in megaloblastic anemia and neurologic symptomatology, including disease of the spinal cord (subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord), nerves (peripheral neuropathy), and brain (disturbance of mood and cognition). Source

Causes of a B12 Deficiency

There are several factors that can contribute to a deficiency of vitamin B12, some are diet related and others are caused through certain metabolic or medical conditions.

Vegans and Vegetarians may find themselves at risk due to their low consumption of vitamin b12. B12 is found primarily in protein (meat) sources so abstaining from these products, while noble, may result in some health concerns long term.

Atrophinc Gastritis is a thinning of the stomach lining and may contribute to a deficiency.

Chron’s disease affects the small intestine and can hamper the absorption of vitamin b12.

Parasites or certain bacteria may prevent you from getting the b12 that you need.

Acid reducing drugs or surgery on the small intestine (including weight loss surgery) can cause absorption issues of b12.

Malnutrition, not eating enough or eating the wrong foods, can also contribute.

B12 Deficiency Symptoms

We have already pointed out some of the long terms effects of a deficiency but you might be also to tell if you have the following symptoms:

Sore tongue

Pale skin

Bleeding gums and excessive bruising

Upset stomach

Rapid hearbeat

Numbness in fingers or toes

It’s not enough to know about what can go wrong without B12 but it’s also important to consider the many benefits and important functions the vitamin provides when levels are adequate.

Vitamin b12 is essential in metabolising glucose and forming red blood cells. It is also critical in regulating DNA, fatty acid and amino acid metabolism as well as contributing to nerve and brain function.

It is also used to treat several conditions, some of which include:

Pernicious Anemia

Memory loss

Heart disease

Male fertility

Depression

Diabetes

Depression

…and a host of other issues.

Another benefit of regaining appropriate B12 levels is that most seem to regain energy levels while taking it. That is why several over the counter products designed to improve energy contain some b12.

There are some that claim that b12 aides them in losing weight. This can be true if the person was deficient in the vitamin in the 1st place. Often people struggling to lose weight go on a restricted calorie diet which can mean while they are attempting to lose weight quickly they are not getting enough b12. In these instances b12 can be the difference in success and failure.

What kind of B12

There are several forms of vitamin b12 but the two most common in the US is Methylcobalamin and Cyanocobalamin.

Methylcobalamin is the purest form of vitamin b12 and is also the most readily and completely absorbed version of the vitamin.

Cyanocobalamin is far more prevalent due to price however it has to be converted to methylcobalamin in the body before it is ready for use.

How to take B12

There are several schools of thought, none of which are “wrong” per se. By far the most common method for taking a b12 supplement is orally through a tablet or drop. This is a perfectly acceptable way to take b12 as a safeguard but might fall short if you really are deficient.

1st most oral supplements are cycanocobalamin and as we mentioned earlier there has to be a conversion before it is ready to use. In addition products ingested orally have to pass through the digestive system before it can even begin that process. This means that the dose will be far smaller than anticipated by the time it is ready for use.

Again, this is not an issue for most but as described earlier most people that are deficient have an underlying medical condition or have made a lifestyle choice that causes the problem in the 1st place.

If the body has trouble absorbing nutrients that are eaten the same will apply to pills or solutions.

On the other hand vitamin b12 injections are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and they skip the entire digestive process. This means that you are far more likely to get a full and complete dose when injection and your body will receive the benefit of the injection in much less time.

Where to Buy B12 Injections

If you are looking to start taking b12 via a shot you can go to a local physician or clinic where they will administer the shot for you. The benefit to this is that if you are scared to take shots someone does it for you.

The downside is the price. B12 injections are relatively cheap but by having someone give them to you your costs will rise. For example it is not uncommon to pay $10 or more for a cyancobalamin shot!!

Truth be told you can buy that same product for less than $2 a shot!

You would have to find an online clinic or pharmacy that can provide that to you. The downside is that you would have to be able to inject yourself (or have someone help you) but the upside is you have far more control of frequency and you save quite a bit of money, especially if this is something you have to do for the rest of your life.

What to Look For

Before you buy b12 shots on the web be sure to do some research on the company. Is the company based in the United States then steer clear. In the US the pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated and has mandatory testing practices in place before products can be sold. Regulations and conditions in other countries are up in the air and the last thing you need is to be injecting an unknown product made in unknown conditions into your body!

Recommendation

If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative for your b12 shots and live in Florida try visitng THIS SITE. The company provides a catalog of products that includes a complete cyanocobalamin kit in a 30 shot vial for only $49.99 (under $2 per shot)!

If you are located anywhere else THIS SITE has similar products and pricing, they even handle international orders!

 

 

Is Vitamin B12 important for Vegans?

Even though vitamin B12 is one of the most important “building blocks” in our diets, and an absolute essential vitamin that we really can’t get quite enough of, the truth of the matter is a lot of people aren’t even aware of what vitamin B 12 is, what it does, or why it is so mission critical that it vegans get as much of it into their bodies as they possibly can.

If you fall into that camp, or if you just want to learn a little bit more about vitamin B12 so that you REALLY know why it is so important to get your vitamin B12 levels up to where they should be, you’re going to want to pay close attention to all of the insider information contained below.

Shall we jump right in?

Great!

Let’s get right to it!

Vitamin B12 supplements are NEVER made from animals – or plants!

Obviously, vegans decide to follow their particular nutritional rules and “regulations” because of individual feelings, beliefs, and lifestyle choices – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

However, oftentimes, they share the same kind of feelings, beliefs, and lifestyle choices that other vegans do, and that’s that they are socially and morally against taking the life of something else and then ingesting those components.

Honestly, who could really blame them for taking that moral high road when it’s laid out like that?

Thankfully, vegans aren’t going to have to worry about vitamin B12 (one of the most important building blocks and a critical component to cellular regeneration) levels dipping because they aren’t willing to consume animal products.

That’s because synthesized vitamin B12 isn’t produced from any animal compound whatsoever – but it also isn’t produced by any plant compound, these are!

Instead, vitamin B12 comes from microorganisms, which is why it is so important that we all create and cultivate “good bacteria” in our digestive track. This bacteria is responsible for producing vitamin B12, and when you eat fermented foods (like sauerkraut, for example) you’re only going to be better supporting vitamin B12 production.

Vitamin B12 is a game changer when it comes to energy levels

There are a lot (A LOT) of products out there promising the moon and the stars when it comes to boosting your energy levels dramatically, but none of them are quite as effective or as efficient as vitamin B12.

Shown to almost instantly improve cognition, alertness levels, communication skills, and the ability to deeply focus for longer blocks of time, when you have the right amount of vitamin B12 in your system you’re going to be humming along like a finely tuned automobile.

Supplementing with vitamin B12 is proven to be incredibly safe

While it’s probably easiest for most vegans do supplement their daily production of vitamin B12 by eating a regular dosage of sauerkraut on a day to day basis, it’s also possible to safely supplement with synthesized vitamin B12.

Again, there are absolutely no animal products whatsoever in vitamin B12 supplements, and it’s been proven time and time again that a daily dosage of 40 mg or more is perfectly safe across the board.

 

Vitamin B12 Facts

If you have recently discovered that you are running a vitamin B12 deficiency, and want to improve your vitamin B12 levels just as quickly as humanly possible to take advantage of all the game changing benefits these optimal levels provide, you’re going to want to pay close attention to the details included below.

One of those “microscopic miracle workers” that are so important in our day to day diet, responsible for healthy function of cells, cellular regeneration and restoration, and a number of other positive benefits that we’ll get into in just a moment, by the time you’re done reading this quick guide you’ll understand exactly why vitamin B12 is so important – and what you can do to make sure that your levels are just as high as they need to be all the time!

Let’s dive a little bit deeper into all of these vitamin B12 facts you may not have known about otherwise!

Vitamin B12 supplements are some of the safest on the planet

Understanding that most people (nearly 90% of the population according to numerous independent studies published in just the last five years) is running low on vitamin B12, doctors are pretty “slaphappy” about prescribing vitamin B12 supplements – and aren’t worried too much about the dosage.

Routinely recommending doses of anywhere between half a milligram and a full milligram, studies have shown that daily dosages of up to 40 mg a day (A DAY) have zero negative side effects whatsoever.

This means that you could literally overload your body with vitamin B12 every single day of the week and have almost zero chance of any negative side effects popping up whatsoever.

Vitamin B12 supplements are very friendly for vegans and vegetarians

If you lead a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, you’ve probably stumbled across the fact that it isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world to buy vitamin or mineral supplements that don’t take advantage of animal products or animal compounds in any way, shape, or form.

Thankfully, you’ll literally never have to worry about that with vitamin B12.

That’s because these vitamin B12 supplements (all vitamin B12 supplements, for that matter) aren’t made with animal products – but that’s because they CAN’T be!

In fact, vitamin B12 supplements can’t even be produced using plant compounds, either!

No, vitamin B12 is only produced by microorganisms – bacteria – that usually lives in our digestive tract. This is why it is so important for us to make sure that we are supporting “good bacteria” in our bodies, and why so many smart and savvy nutritionists out there recommend supplementing our good bacteria with regular daily dosages of kimchi or sauerkraut (or any other fermented food, for that matter).

It’s a quick “pick me up” that lasts all day long

When you’re vitamin B12 levels are up where they should be, you’re going to enjoy tremendous energy, endurance, and mental clarity and focus that you never would have been able to take advantage of otherwise.

There are a lot of other big benefits to supplementing with vitamin B12 and making sure that your levels are up where they need to be, but these are some of the most impactful and almost immediately recognizable.

Glutathione and Anti-Aging

There have been many quests and expeditions over the years to find the magic bullet that prevents and reverses aging. And although aging is a natural and beautiful part of life, we all want to find a way to extend the ticking time bomb that is our life span just a day or longer than we are intended. Is this wrong? Well, no. However, the search continues to crack the code in anti-aging and it is thought that we may have finally found something.

There is a theory they call the “Free Radical Theory” which states that free radical, or unpaired electrons, which accumulate over time from the food we eat and the air we breathe, as well as the sun that warms us on cool summer days is the cause. So how do these ‘free radicals’ have anything to do with aging? The accumulation of these unpaired electrons are destroying our cells over time causing improper functions as well as death due to the damage caused. However, there is hope. The body relies on many antioxidants that are released over time to both protect as well as remove the threats of these free radicals in our systems.

Glutathione

GSH or Glutathione is our armored tank against these free radicals and is responsible for our health as well as anti-aging. It scrubs our bodies in attempts to remove these free radicals and slow the process of aging in our bodies. This powerful antioxidant which not only increases the vitamins E and C, it also neutralizes free radicals such as hydrogen peroxide within our bodies and turns it to water through a very complicated process.

Decrease of Glutathione

From the age of 20, the body begins to decrease the production of Glutathione in our bodies by 1% every year which in turn increases the number of free radicals that are running rampant in our bodies. However, through the improvement of technology and the wonders of science, there are ways to increase the levels of Glutathione in our bodies to allow optimum performance against aging. This increase helps to lower the effects of time as well as other factors that cause aging.

How it’s Done

There are two ways in which the increase of Glutathione is accomplished. The first is through supplementation within our diet while the second is an infusion of Glutathione directly into the body. However each approach has its own set of problems that are hard to overcome and through the use of both processes you will likely notice some results. The problem with the first method is that the molecules are mostly destroyed as they are supplemented through a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whey proteins, and N-acetylcysteine. There are some results with this method as there is a little bit of absorption in this process, but the level of absorption is minute. The second method is both faster and more effective as it is a more direct approach and has greater success of increasing Glutathione.

Glutathione as a Performance Enhancer

Glutathione is created through the process that the body uses to break down N-acetyl cysteine which is a powerful antioxidant made from L-cysteine and is found within the building blocks of proteins. This antioxidant is predominately found within human tissue and helps to counteract and remove free radicals from the tissue of our muscles. However, when it comes to exercise, scientists have found a large decrease in the amount of Glutathione in the muscle tissue after a workout compared to what was found pre-workout. Scientist also studied the effects of Glutathione on a workout and measured the levels of fatigue, recovery, and performance to learn what effect it had on the workout.

Glutathione and Performance

Scientist took 7 people around the age of 20 and measured the levels of Glutathione in their systems before asking them to perform workouts of various intensities. While those who had little Glutathione in their system quickly reached a fatigued state, those who possessed larger amounts of Glutathione were able to complete not only a longer workout session but one of higher intensity as well. This shows that Glutathione also assists in the duration of your workout routine while also assisting in the repair to damage caused by the workouts.

Another study was performed when subjects were asked to use stationary bikes at various percentages until they reached exhaustion. This study was taken over the course of eight visits which were spaced 72 hours apart from each other to ensure that all subjects were able to recover properly from the visit previous. Once the control tests were performed, the subjects were provided placebo pills and told that they should notice an improvement in their workouts. The scientists drew blood before and after each workout to see the amount of free Glutathione in the blood before and after the workout. The second half of the study the subjects then received supplementation with the use of N-acetyl cysteine and the same process as the first half of the study continued.

Results and Conclusion

The results of this test showed that while the subjects took the supplement there was a 21% increase in workout longevity as well as an increase of Glutathione. This test concluded that Glutathione can increase the longevity of your workout as well as the intensity and power. While this can easily be supplemented in your diet and your supplementation plan during your workouts, you will notice positive effects of this supplement plan. Many people do not know that through the use of N-acetyl cysteine as a supplement pre-workout, you will be able to use Glutathione as a performance enhancer to improve the duration as well as results of your workouts.

While supplementing this as part of your workout diet, you will want to ensure that you stick very closely to the recommended dosage of these supplements. This is due to the possibilities of side effects that may be caused even though few problems have occurred with various current supplement users.

Another notable vitamin to look into for performance and overall wellness are vitamin b12 shots which is one of the most popular vitamin injections to take for metabolism and overall health.