Lipotropic Compounds (Lipo-C) are used to potentially help release fat deposits in some parts of the body. The lipotropic agents included in this injection are: Methionine, Inositol, Choline (MIC), L-Carnitine, Thiamine (B1) and Dexpanthenol. The mixture of compounds individually may be effective, however in combination they may exhibit more lipotropic activity than when administered alone in a synergistic fashion. Injection of this mixture of lipotropic compounds may be more effective than oral supplementation, this is due to the increased bioavailability of injectable vitamins.
Lipotropics are substances that affect fat metabolism in the body. These lipotropic agents are structurally and functionally closely related to the B-vitamins or are involved in the homeostasis of energy production from fat. These compounds are often employed together in the hope of potentiating fat-loss, thus while the MIC mixture and B-vitamins are often injected separately, they are part of the same overall injection cycle.
The non-vitamin compounds (MIC) that are injected into the body stimulate the liver into optimizing the process of metabolism, increase the movement and utilization of fat, and provide the needed metabolic environment of the body for fat mobilization and utilization.
- Methionine is an essential amino acid that acts both as a Lipotrope, involved in the breakdown of fat during metabolism; and an antioxidant, protecting the body from free radical damage obtained from toxic metals. The sulfur component of methionine is important for healthy skin and hair as well as strong nails. Your body cannot produce this amino acid on its own and must be obtained through methionine rich foods or through supplementation. Methionine is a major constituent of S-adenosylmethionine, which is naturally produced in the body. S-Adenosylmethionine (also known as SAMe) powers over 200 enzymes necessary for healthy cell growth. In the brain, SAMe is required for nerve cells to make energy, properly transmit nerve signals and produce key mood-related neurotransmitters. SAMe has also been found to be helpful in pain relief, depression, liver disease, and other conditions. Inositol is a sugar-like molecule, referred to as a sugar alcohol. Inositol is best when combined with choline to increase fat burning activity.
- Inositol may be effective in reducing insulin resistance, a condition to which your body becomes resistant to the activities of the hormone insulin leading to excess blood glucose levels and a host of symptoms and dysfunctions. Inositol helps boost immune system and lower cholesterol levels. Inositol plays a role in nerve transmission and fat metabolism. Inositol works at the cellular level and is thought to prevent the formation of cancer and may even shrink pre-existing cancers.
- Choline is an essential amino acid that is usually classified as a B vitamin. Choline is considered a lipotropic, which helps break down accumulating fats in the liver lowering cholesterol deposits. Choline is an important precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in several important functions. Acetylcholine functions as a nootropic (smart drug) neurotransmitter enabling the communication between neurons and potentially enhancing mental performance and blood flow to the brain.
- L- Carnitine is produced by the liver and kidneys and helps the body turn fat into energy by elevating certain enzymes that are needed by the body to effectively metabolize sugars, starches and other carbohydrates. Studies show carnitine reduces body fat, increases muscle mass, improves stamina and strength and lessens fatigue, which may all contribute to weight loss. Anyone who exercises can benefit from carnitine supplementation because it can help reduce the accumulation of lactic acid, which is responsible for the burn felt inside the muscles during strenuous exercise.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is required for carbohydrate metabolism and normal functioning of the nervous system. Because Thiamine is essential for glucose metabolism, it plays a key role in nerve, muscle and heart function. Deficiency of Thiamine can result in nerve disorders.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) also called pantothenic acid and pantothenate, is vital to living a healthy life. Like all B complex vitamins, B5 is required for the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats for energy. It is naturally found in many food sources and "Pantothenic," actually means "from everywhere," because it is available in so many food sources.