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Lipotropic Injections | Valley Medical Weight Loss and Med Spa

What Are Lipotropic Injections and How Do They Benefit Weight Loss?

Also known as MIC injections or lipo injections, lipotropic injections are a blend of vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients. The injections are used to help the body burn fat, detoxify the liver, boost energy levels, and more.

B vitamins are the shining star of these weekly injections, which is a vitamin many Americans aren’t getting enough of. There are 8 different types of B vitamins. Together, they are responsible for making new blood cells, maintaining a healthy nervous system, for the optimal metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, and much more.

Let’s dive in to discuss how adding these quick injections can help kickstart weight loss.

What Is a MIC Injection?

MIC, and other vitamin injections, are quick intramuscular shots. They deliver vitamins and essential nutrients deep into the muscle, allowing for easy absorption directly into the bloodstream.

Lipotropic and MIC injections minimize the deposit of fat and speed up the removal of fat within the liver. There are a variety of injections that fall under the Lipotropic umbrella, with MIC (a combination of B12, methionine, inositol, and choline) being the most common. However, every health and weight loss center have a unique formulation.

These injections can be taken solo for weight loss, but are most effective as part of a proven and personalized weight loss program. They can also be taken short-or long-term to address vitamin deficiencies or for other prescribed health benefits.

What Do Lipotropic Injections Do?

Each injection delivers a variety of whole-body benefits, which vary depending on your individual needs and the type of injection. When speaking of weight loss, they help to speed up metabolism.

Metabolism is a complex and multi-faceted process by which the body converts food into energy and stores it for later use. It is made up of a variety of biochemical processes that involve the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Through these processes, the body is able to produce energy and eliminate waste.

There are a variety of factors that contribute to weight loss, including how many calories you burn. Your metabolism accounts for 65 to 70 percent of the calories you burn per day. It is burned by completing essential functions required to sustain life, including breathing, digesting food, circulating blood, and creating new cells.

According to Healthline, metabolism is decreased when you have:

  • Insufficient caloric intake
  • Insufficient protein intake
  • A desk job or sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor sleep habits
  • High sugar or fructose intake
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Hormonal changes

Vitamin injections are an active approach that can support your body in its natural metabolic process.

Can’t I Just Take a Supplement Instead?

While it may seem more convenient to take nutritional supplements at home or make a few nutritional changes, the results will not be the same as an injection. Not all vitamins are water-soluble. This means that they may not completely dissolve in your body. If they don’t dissolve, they won’t be absorbed into your bloodstream.

The amount of food and number of supplements you would have to take to achieve the same milligrams of each MIC vitamin and nutrient would be excessive—therefore unrealistic to sustain.

In addition, some vitamins (including B12) are complex to absorb in supplement form. Injections have a large advantage over nutritional changes and oral supplements because they bypass the gastrointestinal tract, allowing for direct access into your body’s bloodstream.

While eating a well-balanced and nutrient-rich diet is still essential, lipotropic injections may optimize your metabolism and weight loss.

What Does It Mean to “Detox” the Liver?

The liver is your body’s natural filtration system. It is the largest internal organ, with your skin being your largest organ.

According to Cleveland Clinic, the liver:

  • Cleanses toxins from your blood
  • Excretes old red blood cells
  • Creates bile, to help digest food
  • Metabolizes protein, fat, and carbohydrates
  • Stores energy, vitamins, and nutrients
  • Regulates blood

A diet high in fatty foods, sugar, and processed foods makes it difficult for your liver to perform the essential tasks above. A diet high in whole foods and antioxidant-rich foods aids liver function, helping it to naturally detox and metabolize protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

There are a variety of “liver cleansing” products on the market, many of which claim to kickstart weight loss. The efficacy of these products is unfounded. They also promote the idea that the liver only needs to be cleansed periodically. However, the liver needs to be cleansed daily.

Lipotropic injections contain antioxidant-rich vitamins that promote liver detoxification and optimized metabolism.

What Are The Different Types of Lipotropic Injections?

Every weight loss clinic or health care center provides a varying range of vitamin injections.  Valley Medical Weight Loss offers individual injections ranging from $14.95 to $32 each. Since consistency is required for weight loss, we also offer pre-paid and discounted packages when you purchase 6 or 10 injections at a time.

Our vitamin weight loss injections include:

Lip X Injection

This is the standard MIC formulation, which helps to*:

  • Methionine is an amino acid and antioxidant that aids in detoxification, depression, inflammation, liver function, relieving pain, preventing excess fat in the liver and body, healthy growth, and metabolism.
  • Inositol is a B complex vitamin that prevents fat buildup in the cells, walls of your heart, arteries and brain by breaking down fatty deposits. This often results in lower cholesterol. It also boosts your mood and acts as an appetite suppressant.
  • Choline is an essential nutrient that most adults are deficient in. It promotes cell function and nutrient distribution throughout the body, and boosts brain, nerve, and liver function.
  • B1 promotes a healthy heart, minimizes stress, and supports brain and memory function.
  • B5 is an essential nutrient that boosts energy and the catabolism of fatty acids and amino acids.
  • L-Carnitine can reduce fatigue, suppress appetite, and increase strength to build more muscle. More muscle mass, results in an optimized metabolism.
Lipo MaXX

In addition to Methionine, Inositol, Choline, B1, and L-Carnitine, Lipo Maxx includes the vitamins below, which help to*:

  • B2/Riboflavin boosts immunity, supports vision and eye health, and regulates thyroid function. It also optimizes the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
  • B6/Pyridoxamine promotes healthy skin and minimizes acne and breakouts. It also boosts red blood cells and helps to metabolize fat, carbohydrates, and protein.
  • B12 boosts energy levels, minimizes stress, and promotes better sleep. Read the bullet point list below to learn the additional benefits of B12.
B12 Injection

Your body requires vitamin B12 to create new blood cells, maintain a healthy nervous system, and optimize the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. We utilize Hydroxocobalamin for our B12 because it remains in the body’s tissues longer than less expensive forms of B12.

Vitamin B12 helps to*:

  • Boost energy levels
  • Detoxify the body
  • Ease stress
  • Aid in digestion
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Improve immune function
  • Minimize depression
  • Promote better sleep
  • Improve vision
  • Convert carbs to energy
  • Minimize inflammation
  • Promote healthy skin and nails
  • Metabolize fat and carbohydrates
  • Promote a healthy metabolism
B-Complex

Our B-Complex injection is a popular add-on to all 3 injections above. B-Complex helps to*:

  • B1 promotes a healthy heart, minimizes stress, and supports brain and memory function.
  • B2/Riboflavin boosts immunity, supports vision and eye health, and regulates thyroid function. It also optimizes the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
  • B3/Niacin minimizes inflammation, boosts brain function, improves hair, skin, and nails, and converts food into energy.   
  • B5 is an essential nutrient that boosts energy and the catabolism of fatty acids and amino acids.
  • B6/Pyridoxamine promotes healthy skin and minimizes acne and breakouts. It also boosts red blood cells and helps to metabolize fat, carbohydrates, and protein.

*DISCLAIMER The above information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How Long Do I Have to Have Lipotropic Injections?

For best results, vitamin injections should be used in combination with a proven and personalized weight loss program.

Generally, it is recommended to get these injections 1-2 times a week for a period of 8-10. For those looking for long-term weight-loss management, a maintenance plan of 1-2 injections per month is recommended.

What Are The Risks and Side Effects of Vitamin Injections?

Vitamin injections are considered generally safe. They may not be suggested for those who are pregnant, nursing, or who have certain medical conditions. Risks and side effects are minimal, including:

  • Redness or tenderness at the injection site
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Which Injections or Weight Loss Program is Right For Me?

If you are ready to end the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Valley Medical Weight Loss to discuss your options. For your convenience, we have offices in Phoenix, Glendale, and Tempe.

Instead of assigning you a diet, we provide you with scientifically proven strategies and weight loss tools. The objective is gradual and sustainable weight loss. Once you decide on a plan, you can stop by for your weekly injections without an appointment!

By Joanne Silatei

January 20, 2023

Weight Loss, Supplements

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