How Lipotropics and B-Vitamins Work

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Heard of a natural supplement that helps the pounds come off fast? Lipotropic and B-Vitamin shots are on the rise. Here is what you need to know.

What are lipotropics?

First lipotropics are a natural supplement created and designed to help with fat loss for those who are over their ideal body weight by a wide margin. When the body is over its ideal weight by more than 20 percent, fat metabolism becomes sluggish, and the liver becomes clogged with fat. This can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, and other problems. Lipotropics speeds fat metabolism and help process fatty nutrients, glucose, estrogen, hormones, and glycogen.

Usually taken in injection form, lipotropic shots are made up of fat burning compounds, along with key B vitamins. Why the addition of B vitamins? Vitamin B 12 helps with the healthy functioning of the heart, nervous system, brain, blood work, and most of all, fat metabolism. Outside of B vitamins, they also contain amino acids that allow other compounds to work as they should, enabling weight loss. Other ingredients include:

  • Methionine defends the body against unsafe compounds.
  • Inositol helps break down fats.
  • Choline is essential for proper liver function and is responsible for making sure fat is burned for energy / fuel.

Together, these compounds are said to result in weight loss through their combined work to burn and process fat.

How effective are they?

A relatively new diet supplement, there are few studies to refer to when evaluating lipotropics. However, users claim that lipotropic shots are effective, with reviews quoting anywhere from 4 to 6 pounds within a week. Some fitness experts suggest that outside of weight loss, lipotropics provide many health benefits. For example, heart health, due to the minerals and vitamins that make up a lipotropic shot. Other claimed benefits include a healthier liver, balanced hormone levels, and better gut health. As well as a stronger immune system.

How safe are they?

Because lipotropic shots are made of entirely natural ingredients, they are considered highly safe. However, depending on the individual, there may be some irritation or sensitivity. Here are some possible side effects:

  • upset stomach, such as nausea or mild diarrhea
  • light headaches
  • allergic reactions

A note of caution, the supplement industry is less regulated by the FDA than, say, prescription drugs. Therefore, claims of effectiveness may be wildly exaggerated. Manufacturers are not required to register their products with the FDA. And so it is on the manufacturers themselves to make sure their advertising is not misleading. As with all purchases one makes, a healthy amount of cynicism and doing your homework with research will protect you from the worst.

Where to buy and how to use lipotropic shots.

First, discuss with your doctor or a health practitioner, such as Body Concepts and Wellness, about whether lipotropics would help you. From there, you can get a prescription for these shots, which can be administered in or out of the office.

Injections are generally given in the upper arm, thigh, or buttock. But it is common to vary the injection site to prevent scarring. Lipotropic pills are available, but their effectiveness is limited as the body is unable to digest them thoroughly. Depending on your body weight, your dose will vary. And then the number of times per week that you take a shot will further depend on your personal weight loss goals.

Only taking lipotropic shots while neglecting a healthy diet and regular exercise could still put you at risk for a wide range of problems. While Lipotropics could be that boost you are looking for, it should not be to the neglect of healthy living essentials.

If you do opt for lipotropics, do so only after consulting your family doctor. Once he or she has deemed it as safe for you personally, combine it with a healthy diet and a well-rounded fitness routine for best results.

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