What Does Lipotropic Mean?
Lipotropic compounds are substances that help stimulate the breakdown of lipid (fat)
during metabolism and, in this way, reduce the accumulation of excess fat in the liver
and other tissues. Injections of carefully calibrated doses of natural lipotropic
nutrients can improve your ability to shed fat.*
Lipotropic Injections Improve Weight Loss
Many substances have lipotropic properties. The most effective lipotropic agents for
weight loss purposes are choline, inositol and methionine. Through their involvement
in lipid (fat) metabolism, lipotropic agents help maintain a healthy liver. The liver
plays a major role in human metabolism including aiding in the digestion, storage,
and distribution of nutrients and the detoxification of metabolic poisons and waste
The liver produces and stores glycogen from excess carbohydrates, and later
releases it when blood sugar levels fall too low. The liver synthesizes plasma proteins
that carry oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues and plasma proteins that carry
waste products back to the liver for detoxification. The liver also produces bile, a
compound that emulsifies fat so that it can be broken down by digestive enzymes.
At Learn2Lose, we use lipotropic injections that include a combination of a lipotropic
agent, important amino acids and vitamins to help you lose weight more quickly and
effectively. These are the lipotropic agents we commonly recommend at Learn2Lose.
This vitamin is important to keep the brain and nervous system functioning normally
and for the formation of red blood cells. By synthesizing and regulating DNA, B12 is
involved in cellular metabolism. It also plays a vital role in fatty acid synthesis and
energy production. Many medications, certain medical conditions, and the normal
aging process can lead to a B12 deficiency.
Choline and Inositol
These chemicals are co-enzymes that are required for the proper metabolism of fats
and have the ability to remove fat from the liver. Since brain and nerve cells have a
protective covering made of fatty acids, choline and inositol are necessary for normal
nerve and brain function.
Choline is a key agent in bile production, and bile emulsifies fats in foods you eat so
they can be digested. Without choline, fats can become trapped in the liver, where
they can block normal metabolic functions. Choline also helps to emulsify cholesterol
so that it mixes with the blood and does not settle on the walls of the arteries.
Choline works in combination with inositol to metabolize fats and cholesterol. The
body can produce choline, with the help of vitamin B12, folic acid (vitamin B9) and
the amino acid known as methionine. However, the rate your body produces choline
may not be adequate to meet daily metabolic needs, particularly during weight loss
when a lot of body fat must be broken down. Studies show that diets deficient in
choline often result in undesirable changes to liver, kidney and brain functions. For
this reason, we often recommend choline injections to our weight loss patients.
Inositol is a member of the B-Complex vitamin group and is a lipotropic agent. It
metabolizes fats and cholesterol and helps transport fats in the blood system. Thus,
inositol can aid in the redistribution of body fat and can help to lower cholesterol
levels by moving cholesterol to the liver where it can be excreted. A lack of inositol
has been shown to result in an accumulation of triglycerides (a fat compound made
of 3 fatty acids) in the liver.
This chemical is an essential amino acid that participates in fat and protein
metabolism. Its has lipotropic properties similar to those produced by choline.
Methionine is an essential amino acid because your body cannot produce it. It must
be supplied by your diet. Your body uses methionine to make proteins and many
other important substances. For example, your body requires an adequate supply of
methionine to synthesize two other important amino acids - cysteine and taurine.
Methionine is also one of the nutrients required for the body to produce choline.
Therefore, a deficiency of this amino acid will adversely affect fat metabolism by
limiting choline production.
*Certain injections commonly used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program have either not been
evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have been labeled as no more effective than a placebo.
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