B12 weight loss injections
There has been recent excitement amongst the compounding pharmacists who have been promoting various combinations of B vitamins (particularly B12 and B6) for use in weight loss. I first found out about this type of treatment about 5 years ago in Toronto, where one set up of clinics was using a combination of a very low-calorie diet along with thrice weekly “vitamin” shots. I use vitamin shots in quotations because I do not know the exact composition of the injections (that go into the muscle) – but many, many patients have told me that it is a combination of vitamin B6 and B12. Now in Vancouver, many of my patients have requested such injections, and when I provide the B6, B12, and MIC injections in combination with a naturopathic diet and exercise, weight loss is much easier to come by.
It has always been my belief that the major component of that weight loss program has been the very low-calorie diet, and that the B12 / B6 injections simply stabilized the appetite and provided a boost in energy for some. I often use B12 injections for that purpose, or if necessary, use the Myers injection (given into a vein) for far greater appetite and energy effects.
The goals are to:
- improve insulin sensitivity (control of blood sugar, prediabetes)
- directly stimulate fat cells to use their fat stores for the generation of energy
- increase energy by increasing generation at the cellular level (from fat) instead of simply acting as a nervous system stimulant
I still add in vitamin B12 (for energy and appetite control), and also add choline, inositol, and methionine to promote liver health. The injections are given three times a week. The “weight loss” injections do seem to give a boost to the program. The MIC (methionine, inositol, and choline) are nutrients that stimulate and support the removal and metabolism of fat, helping with the weight loss.
Now, the injections are only 1/2 of the program because, unfortunately, they are not the magic bullet. You still need a second stimulus in order to get the weight loss to a good pace. The injections can keep the hunger at bay, but the effect is far better when combined with appropriate exercise and diet. The synergistic effect of the shots and exercise/diet works better than either alone. B12, B6, MIC injections do seem to work, are easy for me to administer, or even for patients from far to self-administer, and keep motivation going by stimulating weight loss while keeping fatigue and hunger at bay.