What is a Lipotropic B Injection?
A Lipotropic Injection, also known as a Lipo B or Slim Shot, is an intramuscular shot interchanged between the left and right gluteus maximus (butt cheek). Injections are typically once a week. The injections are done in the office.
Although not approved by the FDA, these injections have proved for some individuals to aid in fat loss and energy. All of the ingredients in the shot are found naturally in foods; however, busy schedules and not enough fruits and vegetables in a person’s diet can inhibit the proper amount of vitamins and amino acids needed for energy and proper fat metabolism.
The science behind the shot:
Vitamin B1: Also known as thiamin, helps fuel your body by converting blood sugar into energy. It keeps your mucous membranes healthy and is essential for nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular function.
Vitamin B2: Also known as riboflavin, is an essential nutrient in human nutrition. It is needed to process amino acids and fats, and helps convert carbohydrates into sugar, the fuel the body “burns” to produce energy. Your body needs it for growth and red cell production, and adequate riboflavin intake promotes healthy skin and good vision.
Vitamin B3: Also known as niacin. Like all the B-complex vitamins, it is important for converting calories from protein, fat and carbohydrates into energy. But it also helps the digestive system function and promotes a normal appetite and healthy skin and nerves.
Vitamin B5: Also known as pantothenic acid. It helps the body extract energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It also helps to metabolize fats and produce red blood cells and works with the adrenal gland to product anti-stress hormones. It has also been shown to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Vitamin B6: Also known as pyridoxine. It has many uses including the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. It helps the nervous system function properly. It also helps the body make several neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry signals from one nerve cell to another. These neurotransmitters include serotonin and norepinephrine (which influence mood) and melatonin (which helps regulate the body clock). It also helps control the levels of homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that may be associated with heart disease.
Vitamin B12: Also known as cobalamin. It is important for the normal functioning of the nervous system and for formation of blood. It is involved in the metabolism of most cells, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation. It is also involved in energy production and fatty acid synthesis. Many medical conditions, illnesses, and substance dependencies, as well as normal aging can lead to a B12 deficiency. The only natural sources of vitamin B12 are animal products.
Inositol: Metabolizes fats and cholesterol while aiding in the transportation of fat in the blood. Inositol helps in the redistribution of body fat and can help to lower cholesterol levels. A lack of inositol has been shown to produce an accumulation of triglycerides in the liver.
Choline: A fat emulsifier which aids in emulsifying cholesterol so that it does not settle on arterial walls. Choline works well with inositol to utilize fats and cholesterol. Choline’s function in fat metabolism is related to its role in bile production. Without choline, fats can become trapped in the liver, where they can block normal metabolic functions leading to weight gain. The body can produce choline, with the help of vitamin B12, folic acid, and methionine. Natural choline production however, may not always be adequate to meet daily needs. Studies show that diets deficient in choline lead to undesirable changes to liver, kidney and brain functions.
Adenosine Monophosphate: A naturally occurring cellular metabolite that helps in fat burning and proper metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. This amino acid is optional and is administered as a separate injection based upon patient/provider preference.