Vitamin B12 and lipotropic shots are intramuscular injections. They both boost energy and increase the body’s metabolism helping form new healthy cells. Mixed-ingredient lipotropics have the added advantage of weight loss effects.
Vitamin B12 Shots: Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. Our body does not produce it on its own, however. Most of us get enough vitamin B12 through diet, but according to the National Institutes of Health, up to 15% of people are Vitamin B12 deficient. That number might be higher according to some studies.
Those who follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet without compensating with B12 fortified food for example ( vitamin B12 binds to animal proteins), or have low vitamin B12 levels due to a health condition that might affect vitamin B12 release and absorption, might have difficulty reaching their vitamin b12 requirements. They might even suffer severe B12 deficiency. In such cases, B12 shots are often prescribed by a health care provider to reach optimal B12 levels. Untreated vitamin b12 deficiency can lead to serious health consequences, physical, neurological, and even mental health issues like anxiety or depression. Vitamin B12 injections are not limited to those with low B12 levels or vitamin b12 deficiency anaemia, however. So, unless otherwise indicated by a health care professional, everyone can benefit from boosting their vitamin B12 stores to increase their metabolism, improve their energy levels, and feel more alert.
Lipotropic Shots: Lipo-Plex (aka. Lipotropic injection), have similar potential health benefits as Vitamin B12 shots, but their fat-blasting compounds (Methionine, Inositol, and Choline), mixed with a potent dose of vitamin B12, pack additional weight loss benefits. These compounds are “fat-loving”, they help the liver metabolize fats and remove them from the bloodstream and help reduce water weight. Lipotropic nutrients increase the liver’s lecithin production, helping keep cholesterol more soluble and lessening the deposits in blood vessels. In addition, they help the processing of hormones, estrogen, sulfa-drugs, glucose, and glycogen.
Vitamin B12 Injections & Lipo Shots:
- Boost Energy
- Increases activity of the nervous system
- Essential for the acceleration of cell renewal
- Enhances red blood cell production
- Assists in stress management
- Improves concentration and memory
- Increases metabolism to burn fat
- Removes and transports fat out of the body
FAQ’s – Vitamin B12 or Lipotropic Injections
What Effects Can I Expect from Vitamin B12 Shots and Lipotropic Injections?
Vitamin B12 shots increase metabolism and boost energy. Lipotropic shots give you similar benefits but are a great weight loss supplement as well.
What is the Difference Between Vitamin B12 Shots and Lipotropic Injections?
Regular B12 Injections: B12 shots use a concentrated serum of the vitamin to boost energy and increase metabolism. Patients with suboptimal B12 levels or exposed to vitamin B12 deficiency risk factors are often prescribed B12 shots to reach adequate vitamin B12 levels. And, for those of us with healthy B12 levels, B12 injections boost red blood cell production to carry larger amounts of oxygen throughout the body. This might lead to increased energy and reduced feelings of fatigue. Therefore, unless otherwise indicated by a qualified health professional, literally anyone can benefit from these injections.
Lipotropic Shots: They deliver the energy-boosting benefits of B12 injections but with the added weight loss effects. They are formulated with a compound of nutrients, with vitamin B12 as an essential ingredient. The other ingredients include a few lipotropic amino acids and other beneficial B vitamins that promote fat loss and aid your body remove the toxins slowing down your metabolic rate.
The amino acids included in Lipotropics shots
Amino Acids that Mobilize Fat: Methionine and Choline are key to mobilizing fat. Methionine is a protein-based amino acid that helps your body release fatty proteins. It acts as a lipotropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver and the body. Methionine helps relieve or prevent fatigue and may be useful in some cases of allergy because it reduces histamine release. Choline supports the processing and excretion of chemical waste products within the body by the liver. Moreover, it is required for the transport and metabolism of fats and cholesterol within the body, an important function for the support of the endocrine, cardiovascular, and hepatic systems.
The Other B vitamins in Lipotropics:
1- Inositol, is closely associated with Choline. It aids in the metabolization of fats and helps in reducing blood cholesterol. Inositol participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to control mood and appetite.
2- Pyridoxine: Vitamin B6, aids in maintaining sodium and potassium balance, therefore is beneficial in controlling water retention.
3- Dexpanthenol: Vitamin B5 helps in metabolism by breaking down fats and carbohydrates for energy.
How do Lipotropic and Vitamin B12 Shots compare to OTC Supplements?
Oral B12 supplements and a few lipotropic amino acids are often available in the vitamin aisle of your local pharmacy, but it is not guaranteed that tablets will be as effective as injections. Some research suggests that high-dose oral B12 supplements work just as well as B12 shots for raising B12 levels in people with a deficiency. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA as rigorously as other OTC medications, however, so there is no guarantee about their content and efficacy.
Something else to consider is that some people might have trouble with the digestion and absorption of the nutrients from vitamin B12 tablets; for this reason, most people are better off taking sublingual B12 supplements, but shots are best because they allow for a 100% vitamin b12 absorption into the tissue. Finally, keep in mind that you might not get the right combination of supplements to mimic true lipotropic injections needed for weight loss purposes.
Are B12 and Lipotropic Injections Safe?
Yes. The ingredients used in these shots carry a significantly lower risk of side effects since they are derived from natural sources. Additionally, vitamin B12 is water-soluble, so any excess is naturally filtered by the body. The amino acids in the lipotropic, are also naturally eliminated by the body.
How Soon Can I See Results?
Most patients will experience an energy boost in the days immediately following the first B12 or Lipotropic shot. For weight loss results, however, it might take a few weeks after your first lipotropic injection for them to materialize, depending on your metabolism. You might experience faster fat loss results if shots are combined with a comprehensive weight loss regimen. It is important to keep in mind, that weight lipotropic injections alone are not an alternative weight loss solution to a balanced diet and exercise. And you might need additional weight loss support based on your particular needs. Your practitioner will help you decide on the right weight loss solution if weight loss alternatives are needed.
Can you Lose Weight with Lipotropic Injections?
Lipotropic injections today are often used by many weight loss clinics along with other weight loss methods. But keep in mind that lipotropic injections work best when combined with comprehensive weight loss management measures such as a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Also, even though they might help you reach your weight loss goal, a lipotropic treatment plan is not meant to be a stand-alone solution. Best weight loss benefits are achieved when injections are part of a proper weight loss program or paired with other weight loss procedures. At The Laser Image Company, we offer an array of the latest weight loss breakthrough solutions such as Fat Freezing Plus, BodySculpt, Exilis Laser Lipo, and Body RF Skin Tightening. During your free weight loss consultation, your weight loss counselor will take into consideration your health information and other key health factors while assessing your needs to help you develop an individualized weight loss plan.
How Often Can I get B12 or Lipotropic Injections?
Weekly lipotropic injections and vitamin B12 shots are recommended. Injections take less than five minutes, which makes it easier to stay on track.
How Quickly do Lipotropic and Vitamin B12 Shots Work?
Since lipotropic and vitamin B12 shots are injected intramuscularly bypassing the digestive process, they start to work immediately.
Where are the lipotropic and Vitamin B12 Shots Administered?
The upper, outer area of the glute (butt) is the preferred injection location for Vitamin B12 shots and Lipotropics. Injections can also be administered in the upper arm, there is a higher chance of bruising, however.
Is it Safe to Drive After Having Vitamin B12?
At the laser clinic, we treat clients with Vitamin B12 shots from Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Los Angeles. There is no problem for them to drive after the procedure. You may actually have increased energy and alertness.
How Much Does a B12 Shot or Lipotropic Injection Cost?
Vitamin B12 price is $15 for a single shot and lipotropic is $20 per injection. Ask our staff about the 10-pack price specials when available. The practitioner performing the injection will discuss which shot is best for your concern.