All You Need to Know About Lipotropic Injections (2021)


Written by Elite HRT on October 01, 2021

Medically reviewed by

Camille Freking, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, MEDICAL ADVISOR

There will always be trends in how people are losing weight. Some methods are just fads and don’t have any results to back up the hype, while others show results and have the science to make it credible and long-lasting. 

Lipotropic injections are relatively new to the market when compared to methods like diet and exercise, but they have been a great addition to the weight loss market. 

Keep reading to learn more about what lipotropic injections are, how they work, their benefits, side effects, and more. 

What Are Lipotropic Injections?

Lipotropic injections are a category of injections that help to burn the fat in the body. These injections deliver fat-burning compounds to help break down and absorb fats in the body. 

The ingredients in lipotropic injections work in different ways to help break down fats, with one main way that they work. The liver and gallbladder are some of the most important organs in the body when it comes to detoxifying your body and processing fats. This is where a lot of the lipotropics target the body so that the efficiency of these organs may be enhanced. 

In addition to weight loss, lipotropic injections may have other benefits, including supporting mood, hair and nail health, and more. 

What Are the Benefits of Lipotropic Injection?

In addition to supporting weight loss, these injections may be able to support a balanced mood. This may look like having more energy throughout the day, feeling more excited about doing the things you enjoy, or even having a clearer thought process. 

In addition, one of the more physical benefits that may occur is supporting the health of your integumentary system that is made up of your skin, hair, and nails. You may notice a shinier and stronger version of these attributes. 

These are just some of the additional benefits that may come with lipotropic injections, which can be a great bonus when you were simply looking for something to support your weight loss.

What Are MIC Injections?

MIC injections are one of the most common and popular lipotropic injections that are on the market. 

MIC stands for methionine, inositol, and choline which are all different substances with various impacts to break down fats. 

  • Methionine is an amino acid, which is a building block for proteins. Methionine works in the body by acting as an antioxidant that removes free radicals from the body. Methionine also works on the liver to help metabolize fats. 
  • Inositol is a vitamin-like substance that helps to break down fats as well as cholesterol, a type of fat in the body. 
  • Choline is an essential nutrient and also helps to break down cholesterol and fats as well by producing the hormones that are needed to break them down. Each does so through a different chemical pathway and also has other ways it supports the body as well. 

MIC injections work so well because they have a comprehensive approach to breaking down the fats. Instead of only using one ingredient to break down fat, it can use all three to attack fat simultaneously. 

What Are Other Ingredients in Lipotropic Injections?

While MIC injections may be effective at burning fat, some extra helping hands never hurt. Since there are other lipotropic agents, it can be very helpful to use them on their own or even add them to MIC injections to create a synergistic effect. B-12, B complex, and L-carnitine are all other ingredients that can be used as lipotropic agents for injection. 


B12 is one of the B vitamins, also known as cobalamin. This B vitamin may be especially helpful when it comes to burning fats. B12 may have this effect if you are experiencing a B12 deficiency, which is not uncommon especially for people who have a diet with minimal animal products. 

Vitamin B12 may help to boost metabolism and support your energy levels. Having a boosted metabolism may help to burn your fats from the inside, while giving you extra energy may encourage you to exercise and eat healthier which is also an effective way to lose weight. 

You can determine if you have a B12 deficiency through a lab test and a physical exam with your healthcare provider. 

Overall, vitamin B12 injections can be taken alone or as an additive to MIC injections as a booster. 

B Vitamins

While B12 is by far the most popular of the B vitamins, there are still 7 others that have a lot of value to offer. These other B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, and folic acid, are often not given on their own, but instead in a combination of some or all of them. By doing this you have the opportunity to benefit from each vitamin individually and as a whole. 

Some of the B complex vitamins have specific roles as lipotropics while others may boost energy and support your weight loss journey in an alternative way. B complex vitamins also have other benefits such as supporting healthy skin, hair, and nails. 

The great thing about B complex vitamins is that some health care professionals can take your health history and determine what specific B vitamins may be beneficial for you. 


L-carnitine is an essential nutrient that the body needs to function properly. L-carnitine must be taken in from outside sources, which are primarily animal products. This is another case in which a deficiency may be present. 

L-carnitine works by supporting the body to break down its fats and use them for energy. With this function, it also may be able to support the body in controlling its cholesterol levels and supporting weight loss overall. 

Some of the other benefits it may provide are to support liver health and healthy energy levels. L-carnitine is another one of the more popular nutraceuticals that can be injected by itself or combined with MIC injections to create a powerful lipotropic. 

What Is the Best Way To Get Results With Lipotropic Injections?

If weight loss was as easy as injecting yourself with a lipotropic, everyone would be doing it. 

While lipotropic injections may support your weight loss, it is very unlikely that without additional methods you would see substantial weight loss. That is why using lipotropic injections in conjunction with other weight loss methods is generally most effective. A well-balanced diet and regular exercise are both impactful additional methods to use. 

If you would like a personalized approach to diet and exercise you may want to consider reaching out to your health care provider, dietician, personal trainer, and/or health educator to support you in creating a personalized health and weight loss plan. 

What Are the Side Effects of Lipotropic Injections?

The side effects of lipotropic injections will depend on the specific injections you end up taking. 

However, some of the most common side effects of MIC injections are as follows. 

  • Pain or swelling at the injection site
  • Diarrhea, constipation, and/ or incontinence
  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue or insomnia
  • Allergic reactions to any of the components

This is not a comprehensive list of side effects. For more information about side effects reach out to your pharmacist or health care provider, or read the medication insert. 

If you are ever experiencing a side effect it is important to report it to your doctor so that they consider the best course of action to take for your treatment plan. 


Lipotropic may be a good fit for you if you are looking for a more natural way to support your body in losing weight. 

One of the great things about lipotropics is that it uses pathways that already exist in your body to continue burning fat molecules. It is not a “get-thin-quick” medication, and requires you to pull some weight on your end as well. 

With diet and exercise paired with lipotropics, you may have found exactly what you have been looking for. 

If you are interested in seeing if lipotropics may be a good fit for you, reach out to Elite HRT to see what may be done to support you in feeling like your best self. 


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