Are B12 Lipotropic Injections Effective for Weight Loss?
B12 Lipotropic Injection Reviews
When an important event is on the horizon, like a wedding, a beach vacation, or a prom, many people feel pressure to shed a few pounds so that they can look their best.
One weight-loss method that is gaining popularity is to use lipotropic shots of B12. "Lipotropic" compounds are those that help catalyse the breakdown of fat during metabolism in the body. While these injections are not new, they are being discussed more among weight watchers of late.
Are they safe? In this article, we’ll look at:
- What are lipotropic injections or B12-lipo shots?
- What do the shots contain?
- Do they work for weight loss?
- How safe are they?
- Is it possible to take too much B12?
Do Lipotropic B12 Shots Work for Weight Loss?
"There are no conclusive studies supporting the claim that vitamin B12 aids in weight
loss," says Jackie Arnett Elnahar, a registered dietician in New York City.
Should I Try B12 Shots to Burn Fat?
"Using B12 as a weight loss tool is futile, especially if there is no B12 deficiency," Elnahar says.
Does B12 Boost Energy and Metabolism?
B12 has been correlated with increasing energy for those with a deficiency, says Elnahar. This benefit could give a B12-deficient person the boost they need to exercise.
Do Lipo-B12 Shots Work With Weight-Loss Programs?
Many people with B12 deficiency are most likely to lose weight after getting a B12 injection. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who don't have a deficiency are unlikely to lose weight using this method.
Even for people who benefit from B12 injections, no weight loss diet or pill is sufficient in and by itself. The best results are achieved by a holistic approach to weight-loss.
Lipotropic injections should ideally be supported by:
- regular exercise
- a healthy diet
- avoiding fatty food, liquor, salt, and sugar
- a positive attitude
Will I Lose Weight by Combining B12 Shots With the HCG Diet?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises people to avoid the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet and all products associated with it, many of which are not approved by the FDA.
HCG diets generally fall into the category of "very low calorie diets," which recommend eating as few as 500 calories a day. An average woman needs 2000 calories a day, and an average man needs 2500 calories per day.
Diets that restrict calories this severely can be very dangerous and do not lead to sustainable, healthy weight loss.
What Is in a Lipo-B Shot?
Lipotropic injections, or Lipo-B, contain essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that help boost the metabolism.
Providers of Lipo-B injections list the following ingredients:The lipotropic portion of our Lipo B injections is composed of three amino acids:
- Methionine: This is an important antioxidant and amino acid. It is important for the growth of new blood vessels.
- Inositol: This is a vitamin-like substance. It improves mood and is used to treat panic disorder, high cholesterol, insomnia, and depression.
- Choline: Choline is a nutrient that supports energy levels and metabolism.
- Vitamin B12: Deficiency of B12 (methylcobalamine) can cause fatigue, pale skin, and digestive problems. B12 helps form red blood cells, so without it our bodies don't absorb iron as well, which is why some people with B12 deficiency are anemic. The vitamin also improves our central nervous systems and metabolism.
- L-Carnitine: Not all Lipo-B injections contain this amino acid, so you should check with your provider. L-Carnitine helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.
Will Vitamin B12 Shots Help Resolve a Deficiency?
"If there is a B12 deficiency," Elnahar says, "a high-quality multivitamin or B12 vitamin would provide the necessary amount of the nutrient."
People who take anti-acid medications, or who are of an older age, when stomach acid gets weaker, should be tested for B12 deficiency.
Benefits of Vitamin B12
B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin. It plays an important role in red blood cell formation, nerve cell health, and energy production. When we eat protein, vitamin B12 is separated from the food during digestion and is absorbed into the bloodstream. If there isn't adequate acid in the stomach, then the vitamin won't be absorbed properly.
The average daily intake of vitamin B12, as recommended by the Office of Dietary Supplements, is 2.4 micrograms (mcg) for men and women over 14. Pregnant and breastfeeding women require slightly more, at 2.6 mcg and 2.8 mcg, respectively.
Ingredients in a B12 Shot
What it Does
Methionine, inositol and choline
What Are the Side Effects of B12 Shots?
Some people who take a synthetic form of B12, called cyanocobalamin, experience diarrhea and itching.
Research has not shown any harm from taking excessive amounts of B12. The supplement has a low potential for toxicity.
As with any supplement, you are using them to lose weight, let your doctor know.
Do I Need a Prescription for Lipotroic B12 Shots?
No, but it is recommended that you consult your doctor before using them. For people who are B12 deficient, doctors will typically suggest injections of higher-than-average doses. This type of injection does require a doctor's prescription.
Will B12 Shots Help Treat Megaloblastic Anemia?
Vitamin B12 helps the body develop healthy red blood cells. When there isn't enough B12, red blood cells grow too large, making it difficult for them to pass through the necessary pathways to deliver oxygen.
Megaloblastic anemia is one name for this condition. The most common symptom of this deficiency is fatigue, but weight-loss, shortness of breath, and nausea are other symptoms.
Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is often treated with monthly B12 injections, along with a diet rich in vitamin B12.
Are B12 Shots Used to Treat Pernicious Anemia?
Yes, B12 injections are a common treatment for pernicious anemia, which occurs when the body cannot absorb vitamin B12.
- There are no scientific studies to substantiate weight-loss benefits of B12 injections.
- Lipotropic injections have been around for a while and no side effects have been reported.
- It is advisable to consult your physician first.
B12 shots can help:
- Provide energy boost, if you have a deficiency.
- Increase metabolism rate.
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