What is in Lipo-C?
Lipo-C is a custom formulated lipotropic injection used to promote body fat reduction and preserve lean muscle tissue. Lipotropic injections can also be used to maintain healthy liver function and protect the liver from disease. Combining the injections with a healthy diet, exercise program and weekly weigh-ins is the best way to ensure success.
Methionine, Inositol, Choline (MIC) – Lipotropic nutrients play an important role in the breakdown and metabolism of fat in the body. These compounds enhance the liver and gallbladders role by decreasing fat deposits and speeding up metabolism of fat and its removal. Lipotropic nutrients are also used to maintain a healthy liver. Compounding pharmacies which specialize in injectable lipotropic nutrients create a specific formula, also known as MIC Combo, which has proven to be an effective aid in total fat loss. Methionine, Inositol, and Choline are the three ingredients which form MIC. MIC is the foundational ingredient within our Lipo-C injections.
L-Methionine – Methionine is an endogenous (supplied from outside the body) amino acid that is very effective for maintenance of body protein and nitrogen balance and for the reutilization of other amino acids (5, 6). This means it is needed to preserve muscle tissue during dieting and exercise. Since methionine is a nutritionally indispensable amino-acid, its availability to muscle tissue is important for maintaining an anabolic drive for protein synthesis (7). Methionine deficiency has been known to decrease protein synthesis while its supplementation increases protein synthesis. Much of the work involving the need for methionine in protein synthesis has been done with burn and trauma patients. Major trauma, including heat injury to the skin, results in a profound loss of body nitrogen, altered rates of whole-body protein synthesis and breakdown, and increased nitrogen and amino-acid requirements relative to those in normal, non-stressed individuals (8,9).
L-Carnitine – Carnitine is an amino acid which is required for the transport and breakdown of body fat for the generation of metabolic energy. Studies show that oral L-Carnitine supplementation can decrease fat mass, preserve muscle during exercise, and reduce muscle fatigue (1). Further research over the last decade has shed new light on the importance of L-carnitine as a regulator of skeletal muscle fuel selection, which means it is needed to determine whether muscle tissue utilizes carbohydrates or fat for energy (2). When taken orally, L-Carnitine requires a high dose to promote fat tissue breakdown(3-4). This is because only a fraction of carnitine is absorbed during oral digestion. When administered by injection, nutrients like L-Carnitine are completely absorbed by the body. By following the pharmacy standard 10-1 ratio of absorption in oral versus injected nutrients, our Lipo-C provides the equivalent of 2000mg of oral L-Carnitine per injection.
B Complex – Super B complex contains a specific blend of injectable B-Vitamins which act as a potentiater for fat loss. 8 specific nutrients from the B family form the B-Complex, each individual nutrient serving a specific function. These functions include: assisting the body in the handling of stress; increasing energy; optimizing cardiovascular health; increased brain function; boost anti-oxidant protection from free radicals (through replenishing L-Glutathione); and maintaining an optimal metabolism.
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