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Are you looking for a quick and easy way to boost your metabolism so you can burn off that stubborn fat once and for all? Well, your search is over. The ingredients in this intra-muscular shot, when used together, have the power to boost your metabolism, increase your natural ability to break down, fat and give you the energy boost you need to lace up your shoes and go for a jog or hit the gym.
Come in once or twice a week during an active weight loss program, and don’t worry we use the “freeze spray” before the shot to minimize any discomfort!
Here is what is in the shot:
L-methionine: L-methione is an essential amino acid meaning it can’t be made in you body and must be obtained from diet. It help form SAM-e which is an active form of methionine integral in the “methylation cycle”. SAM-e and the methylation cycle help in:
- Breaking down estrogens
- Carnitine synthesis (the fat carrier molecule of the body)
- Choline synthesis
- Creatine synthesis
- Epinephrine synthesis
- Melatonin synthesis (aids in sleep, a powerful antioxidant)
- DNA synthesis
- Breakdown of histamine
- Glutathione synthesis (the major detox antioxidant of the body)
- Maintaining cartilage health
A deficiency of methionine will adversely affect fat metabolism by limiting choline production.
Choline: Choline is a naturally occurring substance sometimes grouped with the B vitamins. It is present everywhere in our bodies. It is used to build cell membranes where we see it as phosphatidylcholine (PC). In the brain choline gives rise to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine—important in energy, memory and muscle contractions. Choline works in combination with inositol and emulsifies cholesterol so that it does not settle on arterial walls. It also works with methionine to detoxify the by-products of protein metabolism. Without choline, fats can become trapped in the liver and block metabolic functions. This can lead to liver problems and weight gain. The body can produce choline with the help of vitamin B12, folic acid, and methionine. However, the rate your body produces this compound may not be adequate to meet daily metabolic needs, particularly during weight loss when a lot of body fat must be broken down. In addition endurance athletes, pregnant women and individuals who consume alcohol regularly need high dietary, IV or IM supplies of choline.
B-Complex: B-complex is a mixture of all eight B vitamins:
- B1 (Thiamine)
- B2 (riboflavin)
- B3 (Niacin)
- B5 (pantothenate)
- B6 (pyridoxine)
- B7 (biotin)
- B9 (folic acid)
- B12 (cobalamin)
The B vitamins are important in converting food to energy. They are also involved in DNA synthesis and replication, mitochondrial phosphorylation, the electron transport chain and ATP production, neurotransmitter production, immune system function, and hemoglobin production. Another critical metabolic process B vitamins are involved in is called methylation. This is how your body generates carbon groups(C-H3) which are essential for managing just about every operation in every cell in the human body. Here are some of the functions of methylation:
- Turn on and off genes (gene regulation)
- Process chemicals, endogenous and xenobiotic compounds (biotransformation)
- Build neurotransmitters (norepinephrine, epinephrine, serotonin, melatonin)
- Metabolize neurotransmitters (dopamine, epinephrine)
- Process hormones (estrogen)
- Build immune cells (T cells, NK cells)
- DNA and histone synthesis (thymine aka 5-methyluracil)
- Produce energy (CoQ10, carnitine, creatine, ATP)
- Produce protective coating on nerves (myelination)
- Build and maintain cell membranes (phosphatidylcholine)
Vitamins such as B12, B6 and B2 are necessary for the proper functioning of the methylation cycle. Without enough, methylation breaks down at the very root and all of the biological processes above can be compromised.
Due to their critical role deficiencies in B vitamins can lead to a VERY wide variety of symptoms including fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, emotional disturbances, muscle weakness, dementia, insomnia, skin eruptions, dermatitis, numbness, paresthesia, anemia, peripheral neuropathy, memory loss, demyelination, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, “brain fog” and cognitive impairment, sore throat, mental confusion, and diarrhea among others.
Inositol: Inositol is a B vitamin and a primary component of cell membranes. Inositol does the following:
- Transports fats through the body
- Helps convert food into energy
- Helps neurons communicate better with the body’s nervous system
- Vital for hair growth
- Inositol combined with choline produces lecithin, aiding in the breakdown of fats such as cholesterol
A deficiency of inositol produces an accumulation of triglycerides in the liver, which impairs normal liver function and can lead to weight gain.
B12 (cobalamin): B12 is found mainly in animal foods and cannot be manufactured in the human body. Absorption is very complex and requires stomach acid, intrinsic factor, pancreatic enzymes and intact stomach and small intestine cells. This vitamin is a key player in the Krebs cycle and in the methylation cycle as it is a critical cofactor in homocysteine conversion to methionine by the enzyme methionine synthase. In its absence the processing of methylfolate and other steps in folate metabolism stop. This blockage of proper folate (B9) metabolism results in anemia and deficiencies in DNA formation. Other symptoms of B12 deficiency are demyelination (as in multiple sclerosis), slowed nerve conduction, accumulation of homocysteine and increased heart disease risk, defective cell membranes (branched fatty acids), anemia, fatigue, painful and burning feet, skin abnormalities, retarded growth, dizzy spells, digestive disturbances, vomiting, restlessness, stomach stress, and muscle cramps.
Fat metabolism is very complex. Fats need to be broken down under the influence of a complex hormonal interplay between cortisol, insulin, growth hormone and thyroid hormone. Once they are broken down into fatty acids, fats then enter your mitochondria via a special “shuttle” molecule called “carnitine”. In the mitochondria the citric acid cycle and the electron transport chain tear these fat molecules apart with the help of oxygen generating energy (in the form of ATP) along the way. Methionine, inositol, and choline (a few of the ingredients in this IV) all play a vital role in the breakdown, transport and use of fat for energy. B12 (cobalmin—also included) is critically important in the functioning of the nervous system, DNA synthesis and energy production.